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Dear Health Care Professional, including but not limited to: doctors, nurses, therapists, and social workers,
Please keep in mind the person you are treating is just that, a person. They aren't their condition, their disease or a statistic in a book. They live and breathe. They are walking miracles. Life itself is a miracle. We are all each unique and the possibilities are infinite. Having journeyed through the healthcare system, it has become abundantly clear to me that assumptions are made on a daily basis about a patient's limitations as per their current diagnosis. I have watched as physicians, and therapists made assumptions as to my boyfriend's abilities by only seeing him sit in a wheelchair. Yes, his posture is poor, he sits in a chair, all day. Having had a stroke, they tend to disregard the things he tells them, thinking he can't surely know his own body. Listen to him, he knows more than you can imagine. My shiatsu instructor, Shinzo Fujimaki used to say, "In shiatsu your patient is your master".
“Disease is surely one of the ways in which we are tried by life and offered the chance to be heroic. Though few of us will win Olympic gold medals or slay dragons, disease can be the spark or gift that allows many of us to live out our personal myths and become heroes.”
― Bernie S. Siegel
Let's find a way to all work together for the greater good of the patient. Disregard the statistics, envision possibilities. I love that I am starting to hear of more referrals for CranioSacral Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage or Myofascial Release. Allow us to work with you to help your patients through their condition/disease. Your challenge as a therapist, nurse, or doctor is to help your patients live a better quality of life. Open your minds and your hearts and see them as heroes!
Wow, what would that look like?