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Confessions of Cancer Patient

A recent post I wrote confused a few readers. "Was that happening now or was that when you were sick in 2014?" And even though I blogged and wrote a book about surviving cancer, I haven't been fully transparent about my life and disease. So here goes a review of life at the Burnses over…

Peace in Adversity and Chaos

Dear Julia, I wanted to share this text with you from my friend who has pancreatic cancer… I thought it would make you feel good to hear positive results from a reader… we are taking our copy to Washington with us. Beverly, I have almost finished your cousin’s book! It is just exactly what I…

I HEAR DEATH KNOCKING

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“With long life will I satisfy her and show her my salvation.”—Psalm 91:16 My church is preaching healing over me during the service--wth the entire congregation. And guess what? It's working. None of my symptoms have completely disappeared but they are all better. My tinnitus is softer, no more nausea, my lymphedema is resolving, my…

Telling Patients

Who Cares What the Numbers Say Book and Kindle Covers

While practicing psychiatry in my home office, I had many patients who were receiving grief counseling and trauma healing. Each patient had a unique need to know the how, why, and when of this illness—an illness that could eventually separate us, even if I lived. My plan was to discharge my grief patients and pediatric…

ROYALTIES!!

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I spent Mother’s Day with my cousin who is more like a sister. We had such fun reminiscing about our Mother’s and eating good Southern food—hash browns, biscuits, BBQ and hush puppies, casseroles with Cream of Chicken soup. YUM! It was a splendid holiday of love and laughter. I needed the break because the week…

Praise for Who Cares What the Numbers Say? — a journey in defying cancer

“Nonfiction writers face a sticky choice: to confide in the reader or confess to the reader? Julia Burns beautifully, artfully—often humorously—balances both. She confides and confesses, and the honesty of her words strikes at the heart of the nonfiction writer’s goal to always to write the truth.” -Scott Mason, WRAL-TV’s Tar Heel Traveler Author of…

The Beginning and the End

The life of a psychiatrist can be odd. Today, seven patients were scheduled. Two late-canceled, two no-showed. That left one who got sick, and two who came. No-shows were rare during the first decade I practiced medicine—probably no more than three or four. But the chaos of summer, and the mores of 2018 combined to…