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My Job

Recently, I have been thinking about patients whom I cared for when they died. A few of those occurred here in Grand Rapids where I have been a general pediatrician, but the majority happened during my pediatric training at the University of Iowa. I don’t...

Episode 10: James’ Mom

On this the last day of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month, I have a guest who understands this loss in ways that most people never will. Jessica Tosh lost her infant son, James, after just 2 months of life. Young James was never able to leave the hospital, but...
Concerts

Concerts

Last night marked the beginning of the 30th Season for the Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys and the 6th season for the Larson family. Last year, every concert was filled with overwhlming emotion for me. I would cry throughout the entire concert, occasionally even...

Threads Podcast: Life Unfiltered

This past week, I was interviewed by Ben and Jason on the Threads Podcast: Life Unfiltered. They reached out to me a couple of weeks ago asking me to be on their show. They described it as a show talking about life openly and honestly, and looking at the threads that...

Episode 9: Brooke’s Mom

On this episode of Losing A Child: Always Andy’s Mom, I talk with Brooke’s mom, Judy Breen. Unlike most of my previous guests, Judy’s daughter, Brooke, died as an adult in her 30’s. She was married with three children of her own. I admit that...