Category Archives: Death and Dying

Song for Evelyn

by Alan Sanderson, MD Last week I finished recording a song that I wrote for our baby Evelyn, whom I have written about in the last three posts. I thought that some of you might like to hear it: More … Continue reading

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Embrace the Certainty

When the rubber hits the road for the Plan of Salvation in your life, the faith you will need should already be in place. by Alan B. Sanderson, MD Last week I spent a whole day on the labor and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Kennedy’s Hugs

This book has raw authenticity and powerful emotional impact. by Alan B. Sanderson, MD Last fall at the Latter-day Saints Publishing and Media Association conference I picked up a copy of Kennedy’s Hugs by Jason and Heather Hansen. The cover … Continue reading

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5 Things About the Human Body

The human body is a marvel of design, one of God’s greatest gifts to his children, and a gift that keeps on giving. by Alan B. Sanderson, MD Our Creator has given us instructions about how to take care of … Continue reading

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The Crescent Moon

Remembering Christie Perkins by Alan Sanderson, MD On a cold morning a few months ago I walked from my car at the end of the parking lot to my office. I passed by the cancer clinic and the outpatient infusion … Continue reading

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Sometimes It Won’t Get Better

Doctors want to help people and fix things, but we are frequently confronted by our own limitations by Alan B. Sanderson, MD She came to my office complaining of right hand weakness and severe, constant, distressing pain in her right … Continue reading

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What Is Death?

What do we believe about death, and how does this affect the way we live our lives? by Alan Sanderson, MD One of my patients died a couple of weeks ago from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). He was a wonderful … Continue reading

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Memories of a Mentor

The cardiologist with a big heart, John M. Stang, MD by Alan B. Sanderson, MD Lately I have been thinking about John Stang, MD, one of my teachers and mentors during medical school. I am proud to call him my … Continue reading

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Where Is the Pavilion?

A story of family faith and tragedy. by Alan B. Sanderson, MD My grandfather wrote in his autobiography: “Sometimes a storm seems to blow up out of nowhere, a tiny cloud on the horizon which brings rain, hail, and winds … Continue reading

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Is Life Fair?

“The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21). by Alan B. Sanderson, MD Diagnosing brain death is never an easy experience, even when the medical facts are relatively straightforward. The … Continue reading

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