The Word Among Us

Easter 2004 Issue

Breathless in Buffalo

A nun's journey from misery to mystery.

By: Sr. Marie Gerard Hoffman, O.S.F.

In November 2001, I consulted a medical specialist to find out why I couldn't shake my cough or climb a flight of stairs without getting winded. Since I exercised regularly and had never been a smoker, I suspected nothing more serious than a sinus infection.

But medical tests yielded a devastating diagnosis. I had a terminal illness that caused my lungs to work at less than fifty-percent capacity....

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