A friend had a brain tumor. I thought that just happened on soap operas. Evidently not. She told me that it was scary (well, yeah, I said) but that the medical science of scanning her brain and doing the surgery were fascinating to her. She was curious about everything they were doing and how they were doing it. She looked at all the pictures of her gray matter and asked lots of questions. My friend was still shaken by her experience, for sure, but her curiosity shifted it from just frightening to a deeper connection. And yes, she’s fine now.