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Before my daughter goes to bed at night, I reaffirm to her what I believe are some of the most important thoughts and beliefs that I have used to guide me, my closest family, my friends, and my patients as well. These are the principles that I share with her:

One, believe in your dreams and desires and know that there is absolutely no limitation for any of them. It is not our job to ask as to how they will be provided by the universe, but simply to trust that you will achieve them and receive them. It is this deeply rooted knowing that feeds the vibrational frequency of the dreams and desires existing and, in turn, draws them to you.

Coupled with that is the second premise of love. Love is the universal magnet of all things. Love is the ultimate power from which to draw everything to you. Love yourself for everything you are. Love your family, your friends, your dog and your cat, all the people you walk by and smile. Love the music you listen to, the drawings you create, the toys that entertain you. Give attention to all the things you love and do not focus on the things you do not love. They are there to serve as reminders for you to give more attention to what you desire and love most. And as you practice this more and more, you will draw more of the things you love to you.

Third, give thanks. Give thanks for everything you have received in the past. Give thanks for everything you are receiving now in the present. And give thanks for everything you want and desire and will receive. Gratitude is another powerful magnet for achieving your desires. The more your desires come from love and gratitude the faster you will draw them to you because it is the love that you are putting back into the universe. What could be more beautiful than that?

Wouldn’t it be nice to have had these tenets embrace you as you were growing up? It is important to have them now as adults. The amazing thing is that none of these ideas are novel. They are timeless beliefs that have been around forever and will be for eternity. It is about stripping away all the clutter and getting to the fundamentals of what makes us as individuals and collectively within the universe grow and evolve: love and gratitude. Believe in them, live them, and they will forever be there for you to blossom.

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Dr. Leonard A. Farber (Radiation Oncologist): A Board Certified physician in Radiation Oncology, Dr. Farber has been in private practice for over a decade, recently serving as Chairman of Radiation Oncology at Staten Island University Hospital. Dr. Farber specializes in adult radiation oncology, with particular focus on breast and gastrointestinal malignancies, lymphomas, lung cancers, and head and neck cancers. He has expertise in HDR brachytherapy for various types of cancers, including breast, skin, and gynecologic malignancies, and intracranial and body stereotactic radiation therapy.

After receiving his B.S. and B.A. at the State University of New York at Binghamton, Dr. Farber pursued his M.D. at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Following an internship in internal medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, he did his residency in Radiation Oncology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where he served as Chief Resident. Dr. Farber is a member of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, the American College of Radiation Oncology, the American Radium Society, the American Brachytherapy Society, the American Medical Society, the International Society of Gastrointestinal Oncology, the New York Cancer Society, the New York Metropolitan Breast Cancer Group, the New York Head & Neck Society, and several others.

Dr. Farber's published writings and lectures have focused on HDR brachytherapy, pancreatic and bile duct cancers, head and neck cancer, breast cancer, Positron Emission Therapy (PET), and cardiovascular radiation. He has served as principal investigator on many clinical trials and has been on the forefront of SBRT and HDR treatment for various types of malignant and benign conditions.

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