As a researcher, you know what happens on a molecular level when a person develops a serious illness, but what about when the ailing body is your own?

For an upcoming essay series, ASBMB Today is asking readers to send in essays about their experiences as scientists who became patients.  Does your understanding make the diagnosis and treatment easier or more difficult?  Does it increase your fear? Are you more critical of your doctors’ decisions?

If you want to share your story, be honest and true.  Be open to editing and coaching. Your essay must be unpublished and between 500 and 1,000 words.  Submissions can be sent to asbmbtoday.submittable.com. Submit under “Science meets sickness. Please include a suggested title and your complete contact information.
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