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As a 20-year part-time resident, I feel obliged to share about my three recent experiences at Holy Cross Hospital...

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Lorraine Salazar might not understand the rule book as well as her husband, but she certainly knows how to play the game.

When the couple was looking to start a family in the 1990s, she took the big leap and brought home an adopted baby without telling her other half what was happening.

"She walked in through the front door with a baby and a car seat and said, 'Congrats, it's a boy!' " Mark Salazar said with a laugh. "I love telling that story."

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My husband, Andy, had a difficult relationship with his father. 

The first time I met his dad, we'd driven from Los Angeles to San Francisco to meet for dinner at George's home. We arrived late. We didn't know we'd arrived late because we'd phoned him just before we'd left and we drove straight there. George had expected us earlier though and he met us in a rage, screaming profanity down from his second story apartment window.

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One morning in January, my dog Dennis started to limp. He held up his right paw to show me something was wrong. I wasn't too concerned at first, as he often steps on a thorn or rock and limps for a few days. But after a week, the limp didn't improve so I made an appointment with Dr. Tim Johnson at Johnson Veterinary Clinic.

Thinking it might be arthritis since Dennis will be 10 years old this summer, Johnson prescribed some anti-inflammatory and pain relief medication. Although the medication seemed to help a little, Dennis continued to limp and be in obvious pain.

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To accept something is to stop trying to change it.

I've found the process is serious, but the aftermath is pure relief, a light heart and a bounce in your step.

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It’s hard to say when the wall went up between people holding inflexible, even bigoted, heterosexual beliefs — and everybody else who just wan…

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My dictionary says medicine is "a compound or preparation used for treatment or prevention of disease, especially a drug or drugs taken by mouth."