#FMRevolution Shows Love

“A brain tumor and cancer were no match for the couple’s wedding joy. Their love, 40 years in the making, would not be stopped by his diagnosis of a brain tumor and stage 4 lung cancer just four weeks earlier.” - Richmond Free Press, October 31, 2014

In a world where there seems like there is so much negativity out there (especially on social media), there are things that happen that gives you faith in the world again. Karla Booker is someone who I don't know very well, and maybe met a couple of times. She is the Director of Women's health education at Gwinnett Medical Center in the state of Georgia. She is also a member of our Family Medicine community called #FMRevolution. The quote above is from her wedding with Kent Smith. I encourage you to read the entire article, which is a beautiful story of love.

Last week, their story took a tragic turn with the death of Kent Smith only 14 weeks following his cancer diagnosis. In the wake of sadness, comes recognition and celebration. It was only from my friends in the Family Medicine social media community that I learned that Kent enjoyed Haagen-Dazs butter pecan ice cream. I learned because friends of Kent and Karla have been posting photos of them with Kent's favorite ice cream (see below). It even got to the point where the Facebook page from Haagen-Dazs USA made their cover photo butter pecan. In addition on twitter, people have been using the hashtag #HaagenDazs4Kent

So, as you go through this week, think about Karla and Kent, send them your thoughts and prayers, and have some Haagen-Dazs Butter Pecan...