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

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Life is about waiting.

It's all about waiting.

Waiting for food.

Waiting for that food to digest.

Before jumping in the pool.

Waiting to fall asleep.

Before you dream.

It's about waiting.

Waiting for your dreams.

Waiting and not knowing.

Not knowing if they will come true.

Waiting doesn't feel good right now.

Waiting for a dream.

Waiting like this.

For a dream that might never be.

I can pretend I'm not waiting.

But I am.

I'm waiting.

Every day.

Waiting for my next breath.

My next heartbeat.

Waiting with faith.

Feeling up.

Feeling down.

Feeling good.

Feeling bad.


I feel good right now.

I don't know why.

But I do.

Maybe it's the coffee.

Maybe I'll never know.

I'm waiting.


I'm not waiting for one thing.

I'm not waiting to live.

I'm living.

Every day I'm alive, I'm living.

Living with faith.

Living with heart.

I'm not dying.

I'm living.

When life ends, they'll be no more waiting.

Until then, we're waiting for an unknown.

Trying to make the unknown known.

In an instant, the waiting will be ripped away.

With nothing in its place.

Except what's happening in that instant.

Distractions help me wait.

Presence helps me live.

In the now.

This very moment.

Wait for it.

Here it is.

There it goes.


Here's another chance.

Throw yourself into right now.

It's a matter of life or death.

Either you're waiting or you're living.

Stop waiting.

Stop wondering about how you're going to make it.

How you'll get through it.

Stop waiting and start living.

By experiencing the urgency of now.


First, notice that you're waiting.

Notice the waiting feeling.

Notice the unknown.

Then really embrace it right now.

Embrace the unknown for everything it is.

And everything it's not.

Repeat every time you notice you're waiting to live.

Do whatever it takes to start living.

For as long as it takes.

Trusting that noticing is key.

Trust that noticing the waiting will thrust you into the world of the living.

How many times do we expect to wait?

Then finally wake up and live without expectations.

Of how life should-would-could go.

Just live.

By not waiting to live.

By not waiting for next time.

By not waiting for that next moment.

By not waiting at all.

But by living.

Living now.