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A Feel Good Story

Day 24 of #DysautonomiaAwarenessMonth - Feel good stories.

I believe you.

3 little words, but they make a big impact.

In all the years of trying to figure out what was wrong, I don't think I ever heard those words.

That all changed when I finally saw a neurologist specializing in POTS. Since my local autonomic specialist had a waiting time of 11 months, I found a private doctor in the UK, who saw me virtually.

It was a 45-minute conversation, the longest I've ever had with a medical professional.

He listened to me as I told him my story. He didn't interrupt. Instead, he acknowledged.

He said... I can imagine how difficult it has been in trying to figure out why you're feeling unwell.

And then, we looked at my care plan, and he made some suggestions.

I don't remember any of the words he used, but what I do remember is his tone and demeanor.

I felt like crying. He told me that most patients cry when they speak to him. Not out of sadness but of finally being listened to and understood.

It's sad that this experience is seen so rarely in medical establishments today. That when there's a human connection, we celebrate it and feel like crying.

But today, we celebrate the ones that offer that human connection. There are a lot of great providers out there: cardiologists, neurologists, coaches, nutritionists, physical therapists, etc.

Today is a great day to celebrate them and the compassionate work they do.

What's been the most supportive thing a medical professional has said to you?


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