The Story: A little over a year ago I heard the most horrendous news. Besides the sadness and anger, there came a layer of disbelief. At first, disbelief that this was happening to such an incredible human being. Over the next few months, disbelief that this can happen to anyone at anytime.

What followed over the next year were a few more stories like that. The gut punches that leave you thinking you will never be the same person again.

With that said, this past weekend was life changing. I went to a wedding for one of my favorite people in the world. At this wedding were people who had been faced with unimaginable loss and hardship. People that smiled, told jokes and danced with genuineness.

I left the weekend feeling full of love and admiration for the sheer resilience of the human spirit.

Which was great because the following week proved to be another gut punch and I needed the emotional bank to withdraw from.

I spent the week catching up on my podcasts and serendipity made it such that in the playlist was On Being’s interview with Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant about their new book: Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy. Now a disclaimer:

I just got a hold of the book. I haven’t gotten very far. However, the On Being interview is good enough that I didn’t want to wait to share it with everyone. 

Have a listen:


The Data: As usual, for all the data heads, here are some Kaggle competitions/datasets:

Cervical Cancer

Lung Cancer (over)

In the meantime, I’d just like to say:

F*ck cancer.

Thanks for reading.