My Breast Cancer Diagnosis Came In The Pandemic. I Wanted More Than A ‘Virtual Hug’

Karin Huster was diagnosed with breast cancer during the pandemic. As she yearned for human contact, memories of her work with Ebola patients in Africa came flooding back.

The diagnosis — delivered at a distance of 6 feet in the doctor’s office — was a shock. It brought back memories of my work in the Ebola ward. Then as now, an intimate touch was a rare thing.

(Image credit: Frank Huster for NPR)

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