Winners of the 10th Annual Essay Contest

THEME: What Small Act of Kindness by a Health Care Professional Made a Difference in Your Life?”

The case of the new shoes

“The Case of the New Shoes” – 1st Place Winner, 10th Annual Essay Contest

After reading about the theme of this year’s essay contest, I started thinking about all of the wonderful acts of kindness that have been...
pillow Talk

“Pillow Talk”- 2nd Place Winner, 10th Annual Essay Contest

Hello. I don’t usually say anything, but I’d like to tell you a little bit about myself. I’m flexible, soft, and blue. I live...
Fist Bump

“Fist Bump” – 3rd Place Winner, 10th Annual Essay Contest

A fist bump. Defined by Merriam Webster as “a gesture in which two people bump their fists together (as in greeting or celebration).” Fitting the definition...
crazy news

“Crazy News” – Honorable Mention, 10th Annual Essay Contest

It’s called the doorknob question. You know, the doctor finishes examining a patient, stands up to end the visit, and, hand on the doorknob,...
words that changed my life

“Words That Changed My Life” – Honorable Mention, 10th Annual Essay Contest

I sat with my parents in the waiting room, perspiring from anxiety. This transplant team would decide my future. Would they accept me? I...
Have my cake and eat it too

“Have My Cake and Eat It Too” – Honorable Mention, 10th Annual Essay Contest

Something quite magical happens when I eat a slice of cake. Once a bite of cake hits my mouth, all of this sudden my...
My Guardian Angel

“My Guardian Angel”- Honorable Mention, 10th Annual Essay Contest

It’s been said that “doctors diagnose, but nurses cure.” In dealing with chronic kidney disease (CKD), I’ve found this to be true, especially in...
a Doctor Who Cares

“A Doctor Who Cares” – Honorable Mention, 10th Annual Essay Contest

In the 12 years that I’ve been dealing with chronic renal failure, I’ve come to know many health care professionals. One in particular stands...
Ears to hear

“Ears to Hear” – Honorable Mention, 10th Annual Essay Contest

I mindlessly flipped through the well-worn magazines in the waiting room until the nurse finally called my name. I followed her down the hallway...

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positive attitude kidney disease chronic illness

Keep Smilin’ – Honorable Mention 15th Annual Essay Contest

Dear Positivity, I have a confession to make to you Positivity: I want to be you. People always said I was you, because I would flash...