In my role as board chair for the Canadian Cancer Society of Albert NWT, I am often asked to recount my cancer story of being a 20+ year brain tumor survivor. I never thought I’d make it this long.
Recently, I spoke at a sizable law firm at a event they hosted for us as a meet and greet and small fundraising event.
During the telling of my story I left out a few profanities out of emotion and for effect. I felt it wasn’t very professional but in the heat of the moment I could not help myself. I definitely felt like I was drawing some awkward looks. I thought maybe they just can’t relate.
I took a chance and polled the audience of about 75 attendees asking “if you or anybody you know has had a cancer experience”. It was frightening. 100% off the audience put up their hands.
My take was first how lucky I have been to survive. More importantly, I recognized that all our lives are short.
As I get older and see my friends children have children of their own, I see the cycle that we are oblivious to in our youth.
I want to inspire you to be the best that you can be in your practice so that your team members and patients lives are enhanced.
Please strive to be memorable. Strive to be better. Strive to make a difference.