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What Keeps Me Living

How not dying has made me stronger

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What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.

TThis axiom, found in Ecclesiastes, surfaced in my mind last New Year’s Eve as the final hours of 2018 bled slowly away. As I stared glumly into the bathroom mirror at yet another volcanic eruption studding my 51-year-old mug, echoes of my…




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J. Edward Les, MD

J. Edward Les, MD

Pediatric emergency physician. Former veterinarian. Father. Writer. Cancer survivor.

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