Inside Higher Ed
October 3rd, 2014
Recently, I have had two sources of stress in my life. One was the
knowledge that my visiting assistant professor appointment at my alma
mater, St. Lawrence University, is coming to a close, necessitating my
return to the academic job market.
The other was the fact that I was out of refills on my prescription
for the synthetic thyroid drug levothyroxine. This is a pill I have to
take every day, and the fact that I was out of refills meant that I
would have to go to visit a doctor’s office.
I don’t really like going
to the doctor’s office. I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in
1998, when I was 21, and the disease came back twice before remissions
seemed to stick in the spring of 2000.