For this series, we reach out to a member of the department who has a very particular obsession and ask them to share it with the world. In this edition, Distinguished University Professor, Director of Medical Humanities and Director of Project Narrative James Phelan writes about his fervent obsession with getting buckets.
My family was never in such need for a story than in August 2014. That month, my mother was diagnosed with a rare sarcoma—i.e. a disease with relatively little research, little funding and little press. Our instinctive coping method was intense inquiry: Googling any blog, support group page, research website and Facebook group that may have some or any words to lessen our uncertainty.