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Nancy K.S. Hochman

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Nancy K.S. Hochman is a freelance journalist and essayist, a creative writing teacher and an admission essay writing coach. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Newsday, Child, Seventeen Magazine, Hadassah Magazine, B’Nai B’rith Jewish Monthly, Na’amat Woman and many other publications.
When my husband first experienced pressure in his chest, his general practitioner thought it was likely heartburn. My husband, a thin vegan who practiced a strenuous form of yoga daily, was not the typical profile of someone with a heart problem. But then...
When my current husband and I married, I asked him to “gift” me my Aunt Dot’s ring. I understood that the diamond was only a symbol, and that the practice of committing oneself to love and understanding of one’s partner was the true treasure.
When I told Sandra who I was and that I was calling to confirm our Shabbat-dinner date, her voice sounded choked, her words almost indistinguishable. Suddenly, the floodgates opened, and I heard unmistakable sobbing on the other end of the phone.
Two sisters who lost their mother had found support from a woman struck with the same disease.
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