Sometimes I feel like what I have to say isn’t very important and after watching a video clip of Stuart Scott accepting the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance tonight on ESPN, I think you might prefer to hear from him. Background: Stuart Scott was diagnosed with cancer of the appendix in 2007 and has been battling the disease for seven years. Jimmy V, or Jimmy Valvano was the head basketball coach at North Carolina State, who died in 1993 of cancer but was known both in sports and his personal life for his slogan “Don’t give up, don’t ever give up.” According to Wikipedia, Jimmy V’s tombstone reads, “Take time every day to laugh, to think, to cry.”
If you have time, continue to watch this video to see the clip about Scott’s enrollment in a clinical trial at Johns Hopkins, and then just as amazing, Michael Sam’s emotional speech about tolerance, acceptance and growing up “different” as he accepts the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. These two guys say it all, so please watch: http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=11225895
More about my experiences in Dermatology tomorrow.