What is it about?
This piece of prose is a narrative account told from the perspective of a medical oncology scribe. It juxtaposes the story of "Diane," a woman who is diagnosed with and eventually succumbs to cancer, with the life of a mourning dove and her chicks living in the narrator's backyard. The parallel narratives serve as metaphors for each other, exploring themes of struggle, survival, loss, and hope.
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Why is it important?
The piece handles the subjects of illness, life, death, and grief - inevitable parts of the human experience. Rather than presenting a linear narrative of Diane and her disease, it intertwines her journey with a story from the natural world to give the story a broader context to human experiences.
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This page is a summary of: Five visits with Diane., Families Systems & Health, June 2023, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/fsh0000775.
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