Strength sounds like a physical attribute, but for me, it is more synonymous with fortitude. With cancer, both patients and clinicians deal with situations that are at times unreal and unfathomable. Yet, we must move forward because there is no pause button in life. That takes strength, and I see it every day in the woman coming in to begin chemotherapy for her uterine cancer, the colleague who must tell a patient she has recurred, and the spouse or child of a patient who has just heard that their loved one is not going to be cured. I will often say, I know of no other person as strong as the one with cancer. The same applies to my colleagues and all who work at the MGH Cancer Center. There is strength in numbers, I feel it every day.
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