The dreams of my youth were simple. Someday I wanted to be like I already was but older. I sought a house to share with a beloved family and a job that I was good at. I wanted to be loved and respected and to feel that way about others in my life. In my young adulthood, my dreams veered ambitiously into specifics. Maybe I could be a doctor or better still, a doctor at a prestigious medical school. I could be promoted and even published in esteemed medical journals. It seems strange now, as cancer threatens my life at age 35, just how prescient my earlier dreams were and how seemingly less salient the latter ones have become. As I sit recovering from an intensive inpatient treatment called high-dose interleukin-2, pleading for my enhanced T cells to yield me a cure, it turns out that I am like a child once more. I only want to be like I am but older and surrounded by people I love and respect.
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Stern AP. The Secret About Achieving Your Dreams. JAMA. 2020;323(9):825. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.1033
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