What makes life worth living in the face of death?

| It’s a wonderful life, and once you’ve faced the worst of it you will appreciate it in a whole new way.



In this deeply moving talk, Lucy Kalanithi reflects on life and purpose, sharing the story of her late husband, Paul, a young neurosurgeon who turned to writing after his terminal cancer diagnosis.

"Engaging in the full range of experience — living and dying, love and loss — is what we get to do," Kalanithi says.

"Being human doesn’t happen despite suffering — it happens within it."

Lucy and Paul were both doctors, so they knew the reality of suffering in the hands of diagnoses like this one. But of course, the transition from doctor to patient came as an overwhelming one to them both. The experience taught Lucy how to face her own mortality, accept the things she cannot change, and approach her career and life in a brand new way.

‘Living fully means accepting suffering. Living means more than just staying alive.’ – Lucy Kalanithi.


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