It has been a while since I posted. In that time, I have met great people doing great work. I work with undergraduate medical students but we have a long way to go to help the thousands of doctors in practice through emotional stressors that are eroding the mission they set out to do.
Many years ago when I set back to work after overwhelming fear after cancer, I wanted someone to guide me back– a peer. Surely someone else had been there; through cancer as a young person and found their way back? There just wasn’t the infrastructure to connect. Maybe one day. That’s my mission. To connect together side by side through errors, stressors, micro-traumas and illness that add together….
Can we become a physician self-care society with integrated peers? Let’s listen to the patient story. Never did I recognize the importance of this until I became a patient and just needed someone to listen; not judge, not diagnose, just listen to how hard it is….
"A good doctor is one who treats the disease; a great doctor is one who treats the person with the disease William Osler."
Alexandra Ginty MD
I am simplifying a history that has changed me. It started with bilateral breast cancer, hereditary BRCA mutation; I was in survival. Many challenges later, I have to get back up, everyday. I am in survivorship. We must look after ourselves in order to help others. It becomes purposeful; living in acceptance with self-compassion. That's my new compass.