I recently finished Kitchen Table Wisdom by Rachel Naomi Remen, MD. As it's subtitle describes, it was a book of Stories That Heal. I enjoyed all the stories shared and learned much from each one. It reminded me that although the Randomized Controlled Trial has a lot to offer the medical community, so does each story from an individual patient.
Dr. Remen describes "human being" as a verb rather than a noun. We are always evolving. You can not judge something until it is finished. In fact, even a diagnosis is another form of judgement. Like Dr Remen says, "a diagnosis is an opinion and not a prediction."
Further, as a clinician, it is not my job to fix or cure anyone. Efforts to do so, simply robs that person of their power of their process and progress. It is my job to collaborate in order to support their own repair and healing. It is also my job to continue to learn in order to support the life force even in the presence of pain or disease.
I am personally glad to be "unfinished." It means there is always space for growth, knowledge and progress.
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Dr Carolyn Dolan DPT, Cert MDT, MSHN
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