Dancer with Cancer- Part 5

One of the most important things I've learned in my cancer journey is how important the right doctor is, the right kind of care. So when I had to change doctors this year, I got recommendations from my social worker. She didn't steer me wrong!

I had a great new patient visit this morning. She took an hour with me. An hour! We sat in her office an talked about all my issues. She listened. She asked questions and listened more. She made me feel validated, heard and cared for. Isn't that what we should expect from our doctors? Care, not just treatment.

When she spoke, she told me how she preferred that her patients get their nutrition from food, not pills. She said that she, too, likes alternate means of treatment such as massage and acupuncture. She didn't make me feel guilty or dumb.

Too often we allow doctors to dismiss our concerns or demean us. We allow this because they are the ones that are supposed to know. They are the ones with the education. However, no one is expert on YOU, except for YOU. The good doctor recognizes this, and takes the time to learn about YOU, not just your issues.

I know the insurance system doesn't always make it easy to get to right doctor. But I want to encourage you to try. When you find the good ones, it is such a revelation. We need to get care from our doctor's, not just a prescription.