As an oncologist, I am privileged to care for people who are fighting cancer. I'm also fortunate to see the interesting and meaningful ways my patients bring joy and satisfaction into their lives. Some people strengthen relationships with loved ones, becoming ever closer with family and friends. One man with lung cancer I spoke with is back in touch with his children after having been estranged for many years. Other people concentrate on activism – starting foundations or fundraising. Many derive fulfillment by creating something – art, poetry or music, perhaps. I have started to collect stories from people who are living with cancer about the ways they "add life to their days."
One of my patients, Chris, is a three-time cancer survivor. He and his wife Jenny founded “Romance for a Cure,” an organization that raises money for cancer research by selling cookies, cakes and other treats every Valentine's Day. Or, as Chris calls it, “a bake sale on steroids.”
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