Leroy’s Lessons

Nice to meet you Lizzie.

If I were a doctor, I’d be quick to grab you as my physician assistant.  I hope one day you take your medical training a few steps further and become a doctor because you, my dear, “get it.”

It’s not just the “doctor part” that’s so important in medicine anymore, it’s the “feeling part.”  That’s the part Leroy felt when he was on his cancer journey.  We were all lucky, that he had the gift of writing and expressing his thoughts so well.  We felt his steps through cancer world because he invited us along.  He was open, and caring and raw and heartfelt about the disease that would take his life.

To think that you found his blog and presented it in class means the world to me.  To think that you are in Nebraska and have done this, is not without meaning too.  Leroy’s family tree has some deep roots in your state.   Ironic isn’t it?  But the most important part is that you’ve kept his message alive to help others and you’ve kept his memory alive as well.

I wish you a long, successful career in the health care field.  Your patients will be lucky to have you.  Who knows, maybe we’ll cross paths up at Hopkins some day.  Let me know where your medical career takes you.

Leroy’s lessons live on…..It’s a very good day.


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