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A Black oncologist and cancer survivor passes on her wisdom

Closeup of hand of a patient at hospital with IV drip.
Closeup of hand of a patient at hospital with IV drip.
Photo: XiXinXing/Getty Images

I would hate to think that cancer has taught me any lessons.

In the deeply clichéd sense, that is probably true. I have not changed my diet. I am still impatient, flappable. I do not cherish every moment. I do not consider my experience “a gift.” I did not alter my career trajectory much, if at all. I spend my time mostly inside and among people like me, people with cancer, when perhaps I should be outside enjoying nature’s splendor. At a basic level, I continue to be who I am, who I have always been. …

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