Love Is The Strongest Medicine: Notes from a Cancer Doctor on Connection, Creativity, and Compassion

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After All

After All


I wasn't a tough kid.

Too sensitive.

Tough guy.

Hey, tough guy!

Also not me.

Tough mudder.

Probably will never do one.

It sounds cool though.

Tough feedback.

Listen with an open mind.

One to grow on.

Tough break.

I got booed off the AGT stage.

Heidi said I couldn't sing.

Tough shit.

Deal with it.

It is what it is.

Tough as nails.

I pulled myself up off the floor.

Stevie Balboa.

Tough cookie.

I learned a lot from the experience.

Like never listen to the producers.

Tough enough.

I survived.


Tough it out.

I showed up.

Andy Kaufman style.

Tough job.

Hello, oncology.

Hematology slash medical oncology.

Tough love.

Leads to personal development.

Tough on myself.

Gotta let that one go.

Self-compassion rocks.

Tough pill to swallow.

Giving people bad news.

And then having to doing it again.

Tough questions.

Why did I go into oncology?

Because I believe in the mind-body connection.

Tough times.

The roller coaster of private practice.

We're the largest in California.

Tough year.

We've got each other's backs.

No matter what.

Tough yoga poses.

Downward dog.

Sirsasana (headstand).

Tough struggle.

Breathe through the pain.

Breathe through the outer boundary of the stretch (this stretch of life).


Not so tough after all.

After all, the tough makes it all worth it.

It's all worth it after all.