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Sep 30, 2021

On this episode, Dr. Jennifer Young Pierce talks with teacher, lymphoma survivor and author Glen Mutchnick about his book "Everybody's Got Tzuris," which documents his and others' cancer journeys. "Tzuris" is a Yiddish word that means difficulties, pain or troubles, and Glen says that having cancer definitely fits that bill and that everyone has some sort of difficulty in their lives. A lot of positive things came out of Glen's diagnosis, treatment and recovery. He used his cancer troubles as a lesson in his classroom, and he says his experience has taught him to "stop sweating the small stuff," and have more compassion and empathy for others.

Buy Everybody's Got Tzuris by Glen Mutchnick

Key Takeaways

- Everyone is affected by cancer.

- Don't Google your cancer diagnosis without also speaking to your cancer team and physician.

- Patience, positive thinking and leaning in to hope is essential for the cancer patient, physician and the caregiver.

- Appreciate every day and make each one count.


Glen Mutchnick Said:

Teaching my students about my condition was very important to me. The kids kept me alive and were my bright spot.

I wanted to be my students' example of how cancer works.

Every person has problems and difficulties. It's purely subjective.

A lot of good came out of my cancer. I became a better person. I stopped sweating the small stuff.

I tell people to take one day at a time. Try to appreciate every single day.

The lesson is to put everything in perspective and try to be as compassionate and empathetic with others as you can.


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