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

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Filling up hearts everywhere.

Coursing through bodies everywhere.

Carrying oxygen.

Down to the tiniest.

Trillions of cells in every single one of us.

You have 37,200,000,000,000 cells to be exact.

That's 286,440,000,000,000,000,000,000 human cells on Earth right now.

Every last one of them needs blood.

No blood.

No human beings.

No peace.

No serenity.

We all want love.

We all need blood.

We're all worthy of a deep breath saturating our red blood cells.

As to not become dust.

Hemoglobin above ten is better for the heart.

Love is even better for it.

And better for the soul.

Hearts in love.

Despite bloody battlefields.

Despite isolation.

Despite protest.

Despite outrage.

Blood is forced from the heart.

As a heart becomes an aorta.

As an aorta becomes an artery.

As an artery becomes an arteriole.

As an arteriole becomes a capillary.

As a capillary becomes a venule.

As a venule becomes a vein.

As a vein becomes the vena cava.

That same blood that left has returned.

Returned to heart.

Returned to love.

A heavenly cycle of life.


Before ultimately falling to the ground.

Arrested circulation.

Nothing to be afraid of.

Completely normal.

Part of life.

Back to Mother Earth.

A lifeless pool of blood.

The meaning of life is that it stops. ~Franz Kafka