Today, I want to personally and publically thank some of the most incredible doctors that I have worked with along my medical journey. Even though I would like to share their actual names, respecting their privacy is more important.
Dear Dr Spectacular,
Thank you for being my doctor
Over the years, you've learned who I am.
My health journey has been better, with you being a part of it.
I appreciate your trust and perseverance.
Through your actions and encouragement, you've kept me from giving up.
Thank you for being by my side,
Calling me out, when you knew I was downplaying my situation or symptoms.
Thank you for choosing to listen with caring and compassionate attentiveness,
For questioning me and having open dialogue to gain more clarity,
For communicating with my family and other medical providers when necessary.
Thank you for being REAL, empathetic, cautious and never intimidating,
For your honesty and for the mutual respect we've shared.
Thank you for helping me to remain optimistic, especially when my health is most challenging,
And for your willingness to keep searching for the most effective treatment plan.
Thank you for taking time during our appointments, never making me feel rushed,
And for seeing me as a person, not just as a patient case.
Thank you for always being prepared, with alternate back up plans available and ready.
Thank you for understanding ME, remembering previous encounters, & not just following my chart.
Thank you for encouraging me to communicate between appointments,
And for quickly responding to my updates and questions, even if I was unsure about sharing.
Thank you for taking me seriously, not writing me off or blaming me when an easy solution was nowhere to be found.
Thank you for ensuring that I've always felt safe, respected, and heard when under your care.
Thank you for taking the risks to invest your time and attention to my health needs,
For tolerating my silence, shortcomings, and attempts to avoid "bothering" you.
Thank you for the countless times you've reassured me that I was never a bother,
For your confidence, kindness, knowledge, curiosity, and eagerness to assist me.
Thank you for having the ability to see through me to the reality of my health's impact on daily life.
With the utmost gratitude, I express my appreciation for you.
I thank you for the positive impact you have made in my life,
For always being patient with me, while also looking out for my best interests.
We may not have all of the answers or solutions, but
I thank you immensely for the improvements we have accomplished.
Thank you for being a spectacular doctor!