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Nov. 25, 2019

Surviving Cancer with Dr. Julian Gold

Surviving Cancer with Dr. Julian Gold

In this Belly story, 30-year physician and two-time mayor of Beverly Hills, Dr. Julian Gold, reveals purpose for community service through his trial with cancer.

Dr. Gold was 56-years-old when he was diagnosed with a deadly form of cancer, Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Then a 30-year physician, Dr. Gold was a member of the board of directors for Cedars-Sinai Hospital and one of the most respected medical professionals in Los Angeles.

He had to learn to ‘behave like a patient, not a doctor’ and focus on getting well. Dr. Gold established rules of recovery to stay positive, a playbook worth noting if you're facing similar path. A stem cell transplant procedure helped him survive -- but as you’ll learn being a ‘survivor’ is a tricky word when so many others don’t make it. 


- Diagnosis of Acute Myeloid Leukemia

- Don't search for answers on the internet!

- Chemotherapy treatment, staying in hospital, good days and bad days

- Stem Cell Transplant - urges everyone to get swabbed via ‘Be the Match’ program

- Talks about important role of caregiver, family and community

- Daily Rules of Recovery to stay positive and focused on getting well

- Life after treatment - recovering to return to normalcy, enjoying 'sweating the small stuff' instead of the 'big stuff'

- Survivor is a ‘loaded word’ 


- “Avoid the internet”

- “I had to behave like a patient, not a doctor.”

- “This was like getting struck by lightning, I was fine one day and sick the next.”

- “You have to take care of the caregiver.”

- “Don’t sweat the small stuff unless it’s an indication of normalcy.”

- “Recovery is not a straight line, expect good and bad days.”

- “I got stronger for it.” Changed perspective on the world, greater appreciation for family and community, and greater sense of gratitude. 


Learn more about Dr. Gold


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