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Life with Crohn’s disease, the invisible illness

For Sanjeet Subramanian, March 3, 2009 is a date that stands frozen in memory, one that culminated with his first diagnosis for Crohn’s disease — inflammation of the small and large intestines. His memory is vivid, recalling everything from specific dates and times to sequences of events. “My first symptoms were that I had absolutely

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Style Profile: Comedian Rajiv Satyal on self-image and shoes

When Rajiv Satyal told his parents he wanted to be a comedian, he says “they freaked out.” But by day two, they’d come around to the idea. “My dad said, ‘Now that you’re doing this, go get on Jay Leno’s show.’” The Fairfield, Ohio native graduated from the University of Cincinnati and worked in marketing before pursuing

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After darkness, finding the light

Even if you didn’t know Abhi, the way Pratik and Sangeen Shah talk about their late son can make you feel as though you did. He was intensely thoughtful and detail-oriented, traits that were as evident during shopping trips with his mother as they were when he cheered up friends and family members with jokes

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Making sense of life through storytelling

“I can hear their screams as they waited in the dark room,” says Berek Kaufman, as he describes his memories of the Holocaust to his sister. “And their screams when the gas was released.” Kaufmann is the main character in “They Scream in Silence,” an award-winning short film created by Ashray Dravidian and dedicated to

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Public Practice

Like a lot of Indian-American kids, Sonal Patel wanted to be a doctor. So, as an undergraduate at Michigan State University, she started taking the usual pre-medical classes. But what started as steps down the typical career path ended up taking her far from it. As she completed psychology classes, she began to feel as

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