Initially, I was unsure whether or not to include this section here. My intention was not to create the perception that I was attempting to “hijack” this cause by overemphasizing my personal situation. However, I then realized the power my story could have in relating the reality of cancer on a personal level. And through this piece, my aim is to help you develop a better understanding of why I am hosting this golf outing.
My name is Ehab Atallah. I am a hematologist/oncologist and I specialize in the treatment of leukemia. I have the honor and privilege of taking care of AC and working with him on curing his leukemia.
Early in the morning on one late winter day in 2006, I checked into the hospital emergency room to treat a severe colic pain, and a CT scan revealed a small stone in the right kidney. But that was the smallest problem; the CT also revealed stage 4 metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma (mRCC) in 80% of the left kidney, between the wall and the membrane of the left kidney.
Hiral A. Shah, MD
As a cancer doctor, I often get asked, “How do you not find your job depressing, delivering bad news on a daily basis?” Most people still hold a mostly outdated (but understandable) view of cancer diagnosis and treatment, but what I see happening with my patients and with cancer research gives me hope and meaning for my profession.
While I write to you all today, let me express my sincerest thanks to you for taking the time to read my reflection and your support for the Cuts Against Cancer Golf Outing. I have had the absolute pleasure and honor working with Achintya to help coordinate and plan this outing to give back to the people he has been working with the most. My reflection is much like the story many of you have dealt with and that is having a family member, friend, loved one, or anyone else you know go through cancer. While you have already read through Achintya’s story, I would like to talk about the legacy of my grandmother and her fight against this evil condition.