I learn so many lessons from my patients. Some of them are medical, but the more important ones are general life lessons.
This is my patient, CR. He has had a rough time with his therapy. He relapsed before his initial treatment was done, and we’ve had a hard time controlling his cancer since then.
His medical problems have not kept him down, though. He went to his prom this past spring with a beautiful young woman. He and his father have been hunting in Alaska twice this year. He has spent the summer boating and swimming on a lake in upstate New York. This picture was taken while he was skydiving this past weekend. His father tells me that this is a look of pure joy.
Clearly, having a life-threatening diagnosis does not mean your life has to end. There is still joy to be had in living!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008