STAYING STRONG AND MOVING FORWARD
I was a successful dermatologist living happily with my wife and young son in Northern California when my two-year-old son, Adrian, was diagnosed with cancer.
As a doctor, all I could think was, how did this happen? How did I end up here, with my almost two-year-old son Adrian sick with an incredibly rare form of cancer and my wife and I suddenly facing the prospect of losing our precious boy before he even started kindergarten?
I’m a doctor—a pretty good one, I might add—but Adrian’s illness is way outside my specialty, which puts me in a difficult position. I knew enough to understand how serious his illness was, but I didn’t know how to fix it. A father’s worst nightmare, and also a doctor’s. I stayed up all night, reading whatever I could find in the hope that knowledge might somehow make the situation easier to digest.
After overcoming my initial devastation, I had an epiphany: rather than obsessing over why my son had gotten sick, I decided to instead focus on the fact that medical advances made it possible for Adrian to beat the cancer with surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.
My life instantly reprioritized. I saw how much time I’d wasted sweating the so-called small stuff and instantly committed to strengthening my relationships with my family and living in the moment. Before Adrian’s diagnosis, I had thought my mission was to help other doctors accomplish what I had: achieve independent wealth through real estate investing and, in the process, avoid doctor burnout.
But my mindset shift after Adrian’s diagnosis taught me that while I had much to knowledge to offer about real estate investing, my true calling was to show other doctors how to re-shift their priorities so they could learn to find grace and beauty under any circumstances and take ownership of their lives and mindsets to create the life of their dreams.
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ME
I am a board-certified dermatologist specializing in Medical, Surgical and Cosmetic Dermatology. I graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Molecular and Cell Biology. I have published articles in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including JAMA Dermatology, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Journal of Dermatological Science and Journal of Surgical Dermatology and have delivered presentations on the national level at the American Academy of Dermatology and the Washington D. C. Dermatological Society.