In contrast, other physicians, like Poulson prior to her diagnosis of cancer, may have never endured the personal insecurity of illness2 and the want of a tomorrow, limiting an intimate understanding of the delicate emotions of a life-threatening disease. Like anything in life, the old adage “if you haven't walked in the shoes” may be true, even though physicians confront disease on a daily basis. The difference is, it is not the betrayal of their own bodies, it is the disease of others, and as such, there is an obvious segregation between the well and the sick. Nevertheless, it's during these difficult times that the demand of words is greatest, when the bitter pills of disclosure dissolve and leave a bad taste. Yet it's also the time when words can be the most difficult to find.