Every time I hear a story of someone dealing with a life threatening disease, and how their family is grappling with the realities of it from day to day, I always pause and think, “what would I do” in that situation? Nine times out of ten, I can guarantee, my response would not be as graceful, generous or thoughtful as those I hear about. I think it’s a universal human emotion to run for cover and hide, and generally be terrified of what’s to come. But there are those who chose not to give into fear and death and instead to look it in the face and say, “I’m going to enjoy all the time I have left.”
Dr. Lee Lipsenthal is one of these amazing people. He was the medical director of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute, helping people every day to deal with and overcome their fears of dying and illness. And then Lee himself was put in their shoes–In July 2009 he was diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer. Instead of fearing it, he embraced what he had told his patients and became determined to not only live, but love life and his family to the fullest extent. His motto for living became “Enjoy Every Sandwich”–make every second count, even the little ones.
Lee passed away in September 2011. His wife, Kathy, who is also a physician, and his two children live in California. Lee was a true gift to us all.
Do you know someone who is dealing with something difficult with grace? Enjoy Every Sandwich is one of our “Books that Inspire” for this very reason. Share Lee’s message with them through the video below and let us know what you think in the comments.