Dr. Michael Weiner
Health care provider, survivor
Twist On Cancer: Although my practice as a pediatric oncologist for more than 45 years had, at times placed me intimately close to cancer, and the patients and families afflicted with these dread diseases I had no idea how terrifying cancer may be until I was diagnosed with a non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Cancer is random, it appeared uninvited, when least expected. Cancer turned my world upside down. But like so many others I had few options other than to accept the diagnosis and do whatever is necessary to overcome its isolating strangle-hold, to create an environment of calm and begin a healing process of wellness. I trusted my doctor, believed she would make the correct decisions in guiding my therapy and most importantly be my partner on my cancer journey. Together, as a team I hoped we would prevail. Although my lymphoma has recurred after an initial three years in remission, I remain optimistic that my future is bright. I have so much to live for and I am grateful for every day, every week, every month; there is so much yet to do.