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I Never Really Understood Until It Happened to Me: Dr. Alicia Conill Becomes a Patient

By Barbara Burgower Hordern. What happens when a vibrant and popular young doctor develops a chronic disease that leaves her legs useless and fingertips numb? For Dr. Alicia Conill, the first reaction was deep denial–so deep she bought a house with spiral staircases. Then she lapsed into a suicidal depression. But it was what came next that transformed her life and the lives of countless others: She began teaching able-bodied medical students and health-care workers just how it felt to have a debilitating illness. Read More