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The year is 1990. The time is 4 a.m. The place: Princeton. I am jolted awake by ambulances with sirens screaming, police cars, a trauma helicopter chop-chopping overhead. I live near the train station. I peer through the window at a cluster of flashing lights converging in the snowy night.

Not until the next day did I find out what had happened. A group of college sophomores, after partying all night, decided to fool around. They climbed on top of the little train, the Dinky, which shuttles people into Princeton from main line, about five minutes from campus. The student who was first to get on top of the train was wearing a metal watch on his left wrist. Eleven thousand volts of electric current surged through the watch into his body. Eleven thousand volts! That number I never forgot. Now he was dying.

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De zomer waarvan ik geen afscheid wilde nemen, bleef nog lang dralen. Augustus gaf ongemerkt het stokje door aan september. September liet zich dit jaar niet kennen en overtrof augustus in aantal warme dagen. We zwommen nog steeds in de rivier. Zeker, de dagen werden korter, mijn schaduw viel langer over het tuinpad. De ochtenden werdenkiller, maar overdag niets dan uitbundigheid.

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When your daughter was just two weeks old, she was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. You rejected all suggestions of any treatment, of which the most common was chemotherapy, and instead made the decision to wait and see. Was this approach consistent with your personality up until that point or did you surprise yourself?

I did surprise myself, especially because I was so certain about what to do. There was no doubt in my mind, no negotiating, no second thoughts. I just knew I had to have her home with me. I had learned to trust my intuition when I became a mother, though. Like all new mothers, I was bombarded with rules: when to wean your child, where and how to sleep, when to introduce food, etc. I had decided to follow my instincts regarding my kids. But then I often discussed those decisions and doubts with friends. This was different.

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Saving Charlotte, by Pia de Jong, translated from the Dutch by Pia de Jong and Landon Y. Jones (Norton). This compelling memoir by a Dutch novelist begins in 2000, when her daughter is born with congenital myeloid leukemia, a rare disease with a low rate of survival. De Jong and her husband decide against chemotherapy, which is likely to be both devastating and ineffective. “Parents always want to do everything for their children,” an incredulous oncologist protests. “We do nothing,” de Jong responds. “That can be a lot.” De Jong movingly describes the work of nursing her daughter to health, and sketches the Amsterdam neighborhood—the brothel next door, the local crank, the kind old man who lives across the canal—that seems to cocoon the struggling family.

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"SAVING CHARLOTTE" (A MOTHER AND THE POWER OF INTUITION)(A MEMOIR) Pia de Jong / A Journalist, A Regular Contributor To “The Washington Post”, The Mother Of Charlotte, And A Best-Selling Author on-the-air on "AM Ocala Live!" on September 25, 2017 on WOCA "The Source" speaking about her new Book: “Saving Charlotte” (A Mother And The Power Of Intuition)(A Memoir) www.piadejong.com https://youtu.be

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The Trump 10

The Princeton Echo, August 28, 2017

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Donald Trump may be bad news for diplomats, Democrats, and much of the world, but he is good news for psychotherapists, fitness instructors, and diet gurus. Thanks to Trump-induced stress alone, many Americans have bumped up several clothing sizes in the past six months.

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Saving Charlotte: A Mother and the Power of Intuition
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