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Story of the Stones

Journeying through Grief

There’s a Parable of Stones where a man approaches a merchant who has many precious gems for sale. Each one the man picks, the merchant says “This is not the stone for you”. Eventually, the man picks an ordinary rock and the merchant allows him to buy it. He takes the stone home and washes, polishes, and cares for it every day. Eventually, the rock starts to shine as the diamond hidden within shines through.

To celebrate Jeff, Ash and I painted stones to bring to his bench. This is the conversation we had on the way.



Hi, I'm Dr. Karen!

For years, I have been obsessed with understanding why some communities are more greatly impacted by disease than others. So as a medical/graduate student, I decided that I wanted to make sure that everyone had equal access to healthcare and we would no longer have underserved populations in the U.S.

This blog, and this site, is dedicated to the pursuit of eradicating health disparities and empowering communities and individuals to take charge of their own health. 

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