Fear and Joy by David Speer

Fear is the only emotion I remember feeling as I sat outside the operating room in our hospital’s labor and delivery area. Fear of not knowing what was happening around me. In nine months of pregnancy, my wife and I had never anticipated a Cesarean, and we were certainly unprepared for what was to come….

Persevere, by Ariana Aboulafia

Ariana is no stranger to doctors. Like many others, Ariana was born with an immune deficiency, making her susceptible to illnesses such as whooping cough, scarlet fever, and so on. From a young age, she spent more time than a child should sitting upon the crinkling white paper of a doctor’s examination table, cold with…

Coming Through, by Michael Lemieux

I was twenty-nine-years-old when I had my first panic attack. It was October of 2012, two months before my thirtieth birthday. At that time, I was living with my girlfriend, Anna. Hurricane Sandy was coming. It was all over the news, but no matter how many precautions I took, I was unprepared for what was…

Jordan Had Enough, by Lilly Donalds

It was Jordan’s first day of her second semester at SUNY New Paltz when she first noticed Greg. She was in the dining hall waiting on the food line with her roommate when he caught her attention. He was standing by the dishwashing station adjacent to her on the other side of the room. Jordan…

Survey at a local café, by Donna Phillips

Marketing Researcher pays random woman $100 to answer questions for a human research study.   Man and Woman sit across from each other at a two-person table beside the window facing a busy street. “What was your first thought this morning,” the man asks. “You mean when I woke up? Coffee. It’s always coffee.” “No,…