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Meet the cancer patient in Room 52: His name is Joseph, but call him Joe

Hooked up to machines and a breathing tube, Joseph Mox, 55, can’t talk to the doctors and nurses bustling around a Johns Hopkins intensive care unit. But they know he likes to be called Joe, enjoys “NCIS” and relied on his Catholic faith through bouts of colon and esophageal cancer. And they jokingly ask him for a good deal on brakes because they know he used to manage a truck-parts company.

Mox’s personal details were typed into a specially designed iPad by his wife, Lisa. A questionnaire on the tablet, provided by the hospital, also posed a list of intimate questions for her husband: What do you fear most about the ICU? What brings you joy? What gives you strength? Read the rest of the piece here.


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