“Lentil Soup in Yiayia’s Kitchen” is out now in the Spring 2017 issue of Thread – an online literary publication, to quote the site, “featuring short personal essays … that illuminate moments of human experience by established and emerging writers.” This piece is adapted from my memoir, and describes a dream I had before waking up in the ICU after my first surgery – a dream so vivid it made me momentarily question what was actually real.