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As I was recently visiting an old friend at your fine new Johns Creek location, I spied the Winter 2014 edition of Emory Medicine magazine, picked one up, and was quite impressed indeed. Within that issue on page 2 is an announcement of a new treatment for severe dry eye available at the Emory Eye Center. The new technology is called LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation and was actually invented by an optometrist I have met and taken many educational courses from over the years—Donald Korb, OD, PhD. He is known worldwide for his research talents in the ophthalmic field. I thought that your readers would like to know this.

Bill Sharpton
Emory College 1960

I have just finished reading the Emory Medicine magazine for Winter 2014, including the letters at the end about how patients viewed Emory’s caring and donation to the health care of so many. I am semi-retired and a cancer survivor of Emory’s Winship Cancer Institute. In 1996, I was diagnosed with stage I breast cancer. My local surgeon who did the first biopsy wanted me to see Douglas Murray at Emory for a second opinion. Dr. Murray was a very caring and wonderful physician and surgeon. After he did the lumpectomy, he referred me on to another physician, and I went through radiation treatments and five years of visits and tests. It was during these years that I had the pleasure of Joan Giblin’s care. Ms. Giblin, NP, who serves as director of the survivorship program, was my support and my guardian angel. On April 13, 2001, Joan released me to go forward as a healed cancer patient. What is important to me is on that day, Friday the 13th, Joan gave me a hug and we shed some tears together. She told my husband that this was a “woman’s thing,” but it wasn’t only a woman’s thing, it was a touch of love through the healing and knowledge of medicine, and a deeper knowledge of how to treat people. I will hold her in my memory until the day the Lord takes me home. I thank everyone who cared for me at Emory and the WCI, from the people who cleaned my room to the physicians: thank you for 18 years of survivorship.

Marlene Housworth

Emory Medicine Magazine Winter 2014

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