Vol 8, No 4 (2017)

Cover Page

Title: Finding our way home

Author: J Damon Dagnone

Eleven years ago, my wife and I lost our son Callum to cancer. He had just celebrated his 3rd birthday at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto where he was undergoing his 3rd “rescue” stem cell transplant for his 6th and final chemotherapy cycle, following the surgical removal of a brain tumor. The image above is a plaster imprint of Callum’s untouched foot, and was created on November 11th, 2006 – just moments after he died in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit. Its tiny proportions, detailed imprinting, and delicate craftsmanship all powerfully convey its simple message. Protected permanently in our home, it is being shared in CMEJ to help tell my personal journey as a bereaved parent, loving husband, individual human being, and Emergency Room physician. It accompanies and amplifies Lester Liao’s commentary (in this issue) on “The physician as person framework.”

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