I spent a month working in the Pediatric Oncology unit at Brooklyn Hospital during my peds residency at the now deceased St. Vincents Hospital in the West Village. Those kids will forever change the way you view the world. They’re full of life when death can be so close for them. They don’t know exactly what’s happening to them, they just want to experience the world like any other child and have fun. Sometimes I wish we all had to go through that as children just to gain some perspective about how beautiful, challenging, and complex life can be.

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