The people who take these experimental drugs have usually failed on more conventional treatments and are running out of hope. For these patients, Brahmer isn’t a scientist; she’s their doctor. She knows the patients and their families well and understands the difficulties that go along with a terrible illness.
How does Brahmer cope? “I have great family support,” she answers, “from my husband; my 10-year-old stepson, Matthew; and my daughter, Emily, who, in the way that only a four-year-old can, makes things better because she’s always so happy to see Mom.”
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