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What No One Ever Tells You About Becoming Immortal
Summary: Nanotherapy offers Diann and her husband the chance to extend her life indefinitely. But what are the costs of these scientific advances?
Case Study: Diann
The first time the doctor smilingly tells her that she's dying, it comes as a shock. It doesn't matter how much Diann thought she prepared herself, those dreaded words hit like a punch to the throat. Cancer. Diann's mind flashes back to those twentieth-century films depicting chemotherapy, bald women, and missing body parts. Her nerves go numb.
At this point the doctor explains that Diann's a good candidate for intensive Nanotherapy.
"A relatively painless procedure. You'll be out of the hospital in less than a week."
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How the Story Came to Be: This story came about because I had a root canal. I couldn’t get over how a piece of my body had been removed and casually replaced with something man-made. I pushed the idea to its logical extreme and imagined a future where every part of the body could be replaced. The story poured out after that.
Trivia: Originally, this was written in second person. (The first time the doctor smilingly tells you that you're dying, it comes as a shock.) I changed it to third person at the request of the editors.