The other week someone asked me why I do so much work specialising in oncology and cancer, which admittedly can sometimes bring more sad news than good.
I answered simply: "because I'm a crazy deranged fool!"
I follow Hugh MacLeod's cartoons daily and also subscribe to his excellent newsletter. On bad days he keeps me sane, on good days I laugh out loud.
What on earth is a 'crazy deranged fool' you may be wondering?
According to Hugh:
"A CDF is my term for somebody like me, i.e. somebody who actually has the temerity to TRY to do what he loves for a living, as opposed to shlepping for his daily crust."
Running a consulting business and going to many scientific and cancer meetings has it's benefits – one of them is realising you're getting paid for doing something you love and have a lot of enthusiasm for.
Making sense of data is fun; finding patterns and trends amongst a mass of information on a huge variety of different cancers is sometimes like unravelling DNA.
Are you a crazy deranged fool?