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Young Doctor Diagnosed With A Death Sentence Hopes To Cure Himself — Before It’s Too Late

(HUFFINGTON POST) Klint Finley, April 4, 2017  — David Fajgenbaum has nearly died five times. He’s had his last rites read to him, and he knows he could relapse at any moment. Still, the 32-year-old doctor doesn’t waste energy on self-pity. He can’t. He’s too busy trying to find a cure for the rare disease that’s come so close to killing him.

“I realized that if I didn’t dedicate the rest of my life to trying to cure this disease, that no one else was going to do it,” Fajgenbaum said. “I didn’t have many more shots.”

When Fajgenbaum was 25 and in his third year at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, the strapping former football player began experiencing a series of strange symptoms. For about two weeks, he noticed his lymph nodes were enlarged, and he was having night sweats and overwhelming fatigue. He’d get so tired that he’d catch five-minute naps between seeing patients.

At first, Fajgenbaum chalked these curious issues up to being an overworked medical student. He simply couldn’t afford to be sick. He was determined to finish med school and cure cancer, the disease that claimed his mother’s life when he was in college.

Source: Young Doctor Diagnosed With A Death Sentence Hopes To Cure Himself — Before It’s Too Late | The Huffington Post