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.
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