Kevin Y. Kawamoto
Special to The Hawai‘i Herald
Resilience — the ability to bounce back from significant adversity and lead a meaningful, purpose-driven life — was the underlying theme of Dr. Randal Wada’s keynote speech at the seventh annual “Journeys to Wellness” gathering on Oct. 13 at the Community Church of Honolulu. Readers may remember Herald contributing writer Alan Suemori’s profile on Dr. Wada in the June 26, 2017, Hawai‘i Herald. The accomplished pediatric cancer specialist, president of the lifesaving Hawai‘i Cord Blood Bank and university educator has pioneered groundbreaking research and treatment that has helped children with cancer survive their disease.
But one thing Wada conveyed during his talk was that treating people with a serious, and even terminal, illness requires more than just specialized medical knowledge. Aggressive, invasive procedures may not always be in the best interest of the patient. At times, it may be better to acknowledge the limits of medical treatment and remember “to live for today,” while also retaining hope for tomorrow.