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A Glimpse of the Inevitable
  1. Kelsie Riemenschneider
  1. Correspondence to Kelsie Riemenschneider, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, 2215 Garland Avenue, Nashville, TN 37232, USA; kelsie.riemenschneider{at}

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Inundated with thick, puffy legs and coarse beards tinged with yellow,

engulfing smiles exuding carefree air.

She was immediately different.

Her eyes wide with something unattainable by empathy,

surrounded by people pretending to have it all together,

just for her.

The room brimming with false pretenses,

balloons and smiles flirting with my …

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