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There Is No Paycheck for Your Life’s Work

A pandemic reminds us that work-life balance was always out of reach

A blurry image of a man walking across an outdoor balcony space. There are tall buildings in the background.
A blurry image of a man walking across an outdoor balcony space. There are tall buildings in the background.
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OnOn January 27, 2014, my dad was told his leukemia had returned and would kill him. After a year of apparently successful treatment, lopsided leukemia cells slipped from his marrow into his nervous system. Once cancer colonizes the places…