This is the season for celebrating family, health, hope and new beginnings.
I want to share a story about one family, a doctor and their unified hope for a new beginning.
In 2014, Merak Melikian Hatounian was a 20-year-old sophomore attending the University of San Francisco. "He was living his dream," said his mother, Debra. Then, suddenly and inexplicably, he began suffering frequent headaches and fatigue, enough to warrant a visit to a local emergency room.
Doctors conducted tests. Merak was anemic. There was evidence of past bleeding in his gastrointestinal tract, but not at that moment. They ruled out...