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The New Abnormal: How a Regular Person Becomes a Doctor

Catherine Boulay Foundation Learn About Cancer

I was normal… once. I went to parties. I ran. I carried on normal conversations, like a normal person. I laughed easily. Then my acceptance to medical school arrived with a 48-hour deadline to accept and 2 weeks… Read More

Redefining Cancer: The “New Normal”

Catherine Boulay Foundation's Close to Home Video Series

New Normal ( /njuː/ /ˈnɔːm(ə)l/ ): A previously unfamiliar or atypical situation that has become standard, usual, or expected.¹ “I never expected this. This whole cancer thing,” continued Jane toward the latter part of her prechemotherapy visit. “One… Read More

Cancer, Redefined

Catherine Boulay Foundation Learn About Cancer

“Before we start, when you talk to us about how you plan to take care of my wife’s cancer, make sure that you use language and terms we all understand,” said every husband of every patient I have… Read More

The Power of a Word

Catherine Boulay Foundation: The Power of a Word

She had known many losses over her forty years. Her husband died several years ago. She lived in a car. Her eight children were under the protective care of her sister-in-law. After her recent diagnosis of cervical cancer… Read More