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

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Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are?

I was on cardiology rounds with a group of medical students.

My friend was presenting Mrs. Miller's case to the attending physician.

Mike started, "The patient presented with stage IV heart failure with little hope of recovering cardiac function."

We were immediately asked to meet outside of her hospital room.

"Who do you think you are?!?"

"Never take away someone's hope."

Dr. Joseph Kenney drilled it home.

"There will be patients that you can't cure."

"There will be patients that have nothing more than a little hope."

The only thing keeping them going.

Twenty-five years later, I'm a hope-builder.

Not false hope.

But the kind that takes a lot of practice and patience.

Hope-building true peace.

Hope-building lasting relief.

I'm willing to bet you know someone who has had cancer.

A loved one.

You understand.

You understand that feeling.

That feeling when the doctor says, "It’s cancer."

Life changes instantly.

Hope is needed at that moment.

Hope has to start from somewhere.

Hope is our starting point for feeling slightly better than yesterday.

Hope is here and now.

Hope is dynamic.

Hope changes.

Hope is happening all the time.


Whether you hope it is or not.

So never let go of hope.

Never diminish hope.

Who do you think you are?

You're a hope-builder.

Hope to see you tomorrow.