The Ginkgo Tree


The ginkgo tree is known to survive in challenging environments, despite depleted soil and harsh temperatures.

The ginkgoes in Hiroshima persisted through bombing; they still bloom today.

We all experience suffering; when faced with it, we can choose, like the ginkgo, to strengthen our roots, reach toward the sky and bloom.

Since my cancer diagnosis, I look to the ginkgo tree as a symbol of peace and resilience.

And as I practice medicine, the bi-lobed leaves of the ginkgo remind me of my duality as both a patient and a doctor.

The ginkgo adorns this blog as a representation of the hope and perseverance that unites patients and doctors in the face of illness.