The Koan of Chronic Illness: A Father’s Story

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Corey deVos talks to Lynn Fuentes about his daughter’s Biliary Atresia diagnosis when she was just a few months old, her subsequent liver transplant a year later, and her ongoing recovery today. Corey also shares some of the little wisdoms that have ripened for him during his family’s journey. It was a fantastic and very touching interview, and we invite you all to check it out.

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Corey deVos

About Corey deVos

Corey W. deVos is Editor-in-Chief of Integral Life, as well as Managing Editor of He has worked for Integral Institute/Integal Life since Spring of 2003, and has been a student of integral theory and practice since 1996. Corey is also a professional woodworker, and many of his artworks can be found in his VisionLogix art gallery.

Dr. Lynn Royster Fuentes

About Lynn Fuentes

Lynn is a college instructor, educational course designer, and a mediator with a BA, MA, JD, and PhD. An experienced classroom and online instructor, she has designed and taught courses in transpersonal psychology, writing, planning, chronic illness, and conflict management at DePaul University, where she also founded and directed the Chronic Illness Initiative, a program to help students with chronic illness obtain a degree.

Notable Replies

  1. Thank you Lynn & Cory. I was deeply touched and grateful for your interview. Both of you articulating with wisdom and compassion your often painful journey, while still being present to beauty and gratitude. Though I’ve not had the experience of a chronically ill child I could relate to the grief you both expressed you have had to endure. Strangely your interview has given a great sense of relief, like a breath I’ve been holding a long time and could finally release. I hug your humanity and mine. :slight_smile:

  2. Thank you for the kind words @Angelika_Ouellette. It has been quite a journey, and it is rewarding to know that Evie’s story can generate some small degree of liberation or spaciousness within your own heart. Lord knows it ain’t easy talking about these things. :slight_smile:

    Big Love to you!

  3. I’m so glad you had that response, Angelika. It makes me feel seen. Hugs to you.

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