One More Thing

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During a checkup, a patient’s deepest concern is sometimes expressed at the last moment.

My annual physical was nearly over. The doctor had asked routine questions, used her stethoscope to listen to my heart and lungs, and ordered tests of my cholesterol and vitamin D levels. Throughout the visit, which happened years ago, I pondered sharing what had been preoccupying me for weeks. It was embarrassing, unexpected and probably meant nothing, I thought. As my doctor’s hand clasped the doorknob, I finally sought reassurance. “I feel like I’ve been gaining weight,&rdqu…

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