Ignore The Banter v2017

Seth Godin refers to it as the lizard brain.

Steven Pressfield has named it the resistance.

Some people on social media refer to it as the noise.

I refer to it as the banter.

That little voice you hear in your mind questioning your thoughts and ideas.

The banter. 

Will anyone care about my post?

Is my idea too radical? Am I being polarizing?

Will my peers still respect me?

Am I being too transparent? Am I not protecting my privacy?

Will people understand my point of view?

Did I proofread, edit, revise, and polish my post so that it is perfect?

For the past few weeks, I have allowed the banter to get the best of me.

I allowed all the naysayers, doubters, peers, and friendly colleagues’ opinions to cloud my own judgment.

I took their commentary, their questions, their opinions and their mentoring and allowed it to steer me down a pathway to silence.

A dark place.

A place of quiet.

A place in which the banter continues to scream questions trying to inflict self-doubt of my ideas, my thoughts, and my vision.

Then something happened.

I was standing in front of my mirror and it reminded me of a poem. A poem that my father gave me a long time ago. (The Man In The Glass)

I pulled it out and there was the one sentence I needed….

And you’ve passed your most dangerous difficult test
if the man in the glass is your friend…

I realized that I wasn’t currently friends with the reflection in the mirror.

I had been ignoring him. I hadn’t spoken to him in weeks. I hadn’t gone out for a walk, gotten drinks, written a note, or shared any of my thoughts with him.

I had ditched my best friend, the reflection in the mirror, for a bunch of opinions from people that haven’t known me as long.

So this is my way of reminding myself to ignore the banter.

To listen and then just as quick to forget.

To listen to the soft whisper of my heart, where my friend resides, and where my truth lies.

Ignore the banter. Listen to the whisper.

Care happens at the N of 1.

I am the one.

As always feel free to email me at cancergeek@gmail.com or follow me on Twitter as @cancergeek



The Radiology Project

As many of you know, I have a fondness and appreciation for the world of radiology.

I have a deep respect for the work of Radiologists.

I still remember the first time I viewed medical images and was amazed at being able to see into a person’s body, viewing what may be causing them to feel as they do, and the impact the words of a radiologist has on a patient’s care.

It is inspiring to me.

Each image has a story.

A story that is illustrated by a patient and written by a Radiologist.

So this is my intention…..

To work with my friends, my colleagues, and those that I meet in my travels. (Radiologists, Surgeons, Patients, and others that have medical images)

I am seeking to use what we love and take for granted on a daily basis to highlight our work, our value, and our importance to healthcare.

We may call them radiographs, x-rays, images, scans, exams, or many other names.

People not trained in healthcare and the world of radiology simply call them pictures.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a medical image is worth a human life.

My ask……..

Please take a moment and find an image(s) (ideally a diagnostic exam done that made an impact in the management of a patient) that are impressive to you.

· Capture it, make sure it has all patient identification removed, and send it to me.

Include the following:

· Your name, twitter handle, and website if you have one or write

· Your specialty (subspecialty, fellowship training, etc)

· Why you chose to become a radiologist

· Why you selected the image(s)

· Why it was impactful to the patient

I will be collecting the information and will be using it to create an experiment.

I am not sure how this experiment will manifest, whether in a book, a blog, an art gallery, or some other form.

I cannot promise success, but I can promise my commitment to all of you.

To create something that highlights the beauty, the effort, the sacrifice, and the value of the Radiologist.

Will you join me on this journey?

Let’s create art at the N of 1.

As always feel free to email me at cancergeek@gmail.com or follow me on Twitter as @cancergeek