People often ask me, “How do you DO what you do? Isn’t it depressing?” The answer is, “Sometimes it’s depressing, but sometimes it’s funny.” They say “REALLY?” Like I just said “I have two heads.” Or “I shit chocolate ice cream”. Yes, cancer can be horrible and sad. But sometimes it can be really funny. And when I go to work in the mornings, I am never sure which kind of day it’s going to be. I’ve been an oncologist for 30 years. I’ve regretted not writing down more of the funny stories. And some of the sad ones. As my career is winding down, it’s time to begin to tell those stories.
Miranda Fielding, MD