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The Gastric Cancer that Never Was
written by Thu Tran, MD,FACOG
on Friday, 16th August, 2019

This blog probably will be among the longest ones you have seen from me.  I often warn my women friends whenever I write a long email, to tell them what I think about the week, from political news to social issues to all the “interesting” events happening to me that week.  I advise them to empty their bladder, make a cup of coffee or tea and some snacks, and sit somewhere ...

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The Unwinding of the Miracle, by Julie Yip-Williams
written by Thu Tran, MD,FACOG
on Sunday, 2nd June, 2019

“ They say that youth is wasted on the young.  Now, as I approach my final days, I realize that health is wasted on the healthy, and life is wasted on the living.  I never understood that until now, as I prepare in earnest to leave this life.” Of all the powerful statements in Julie Yip William’s moving memoir, the above quote summarized best how she realized wisdom ...

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We Are What We Eat: Stay Slim the Japanese Way
written by Thu Tran, MD,FACOG
on Thursday, 28th February, 2019

I often heard the expression “We are what we eat,” which turned me immediately off from certain foods.  Who would like to be a cow? Chicken? Pig? Should I be a turnip or donut? An apple or brownie? There is some truth in this statement, however, I secretly agreed. Studies on obesity have shed some light on why some people have struggled with their weight.  Many reasons ...

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I Don't Have Answers About Life and Death and Neither Do You, But Let's Live Our Life Better.
written by Thu Tran, MD,FACOG
on Sunday, 17th February, 2019

  This morning I went to the funeral of a little boy I delivered two and a half years ago.  I have taken care of his mother for quite a few years as I also delivered his older sister.  He died after a brave and ferocious battle against rhabdomyosarcoma, the most common soft tissue sarcoma in children.  The cancer, however, was much more ferocious than his treatment. ...

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Social Connections as The Secret of Happiness
written by Thu Tran, MD,FACOG
on Wednesday, 26th December, 2018

Are you alone at this time of the year, or do you plan to spend time with your family and friends? Do you know of the loners in your neighborhood or your work places?  If you have, like me, many holiday gatherings to go to, count yourself very lucky.  You might complain how you do not have enough time to “relax,” with all the running around getting gifts for family members ...

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A Thanksgiving Message from an Interfaith Service at Saint Francis Episcopal Church in Potomac
written by Thu Tran, MD,FACOG
on Wednesday, 21st November, 2018

I love Thanksgiving as it marks the beginning of the holiday season.  It also reminds me of all the important relationships I have in my life.  It’s a “home coming” kind of holiday and one of kindness, where many of us look out for those who don’t have too many social ties, who yearn to feel “belonged, and invite them to join our feast. It’s interesting to learn ...

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Nevertheless, We Persist...
written by Thu Tran, MD,FACOG
on Saturday, 13th October, 2018

Two years ago, one of my 18 year old patients almost killed herself.  Her mom told me how she came home abruptly from college and showed signs of severe depression.  An emergency appointment with a therapist revealed how she recently was raped on her college campus by a male student she knew.  Her college administrators were then notified by the patient and her parents.  ...

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A Day In Hiroshima: Tolling the Bell for Peace
written by Thu Tran, MD,FACOG
on Saturday, 1st September, 2018

Two weeks ago we were in Japan.  It was an amazing and interesting country and culture for us to explore.  The Japanese we met during our trip were so polite, so gentle, and very formal in many ways.  Their streets were absolutely clean, something we had heard from many friends who had travelled to Japan before.  In many public places in Japan, there are no trashcans! People ...

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Tomato Day: A Morning at Carrboro Farmers Market
written by Thu Tran, MD,FACOG
on Saturday, 21st July, 2018

  Every time my husband and I are in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, visiting my parents-in-law, we make sure to join them for the Saturday ritual of going to the wonderful Carrboro Farmers Market. The market is quite extensive, with cheese, pasta, gourmet soup or  bread makers, mushroom farmers, and flower growers, in addition to the usual vendors of fruits and vegetables.  ...

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A Summer BBQ Festival: A Face of America
written by Thu Tran, MD,FACOG
on Sunday, 24th June, 2018

The summer is finally descending on to our area.  It seems as if the rain has been incessant, soaking my treasured tropical and cactus plants on my deck.  We saw some speckles of sun yesterday and decided to keep our plan to go to a BBQ and Music festival in Washington DC. We are trying to keep ourselves on mostly a fish and vegetable diet, but we can’t talk about summers ...

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