This topic contains 3 replies, has 2 voices, and was last updated by  Brittany Foster 1 month ago.

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  • #17930
     Colleen Steele 
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    You may be fortunate to have someone in your life, perhaps a spouse, parent, sibling, etc., who has supported and cared for you throughout your journey with Pulmonary Hypertension. But has there been someone not as connected to your personal life who has made a difference and effected you in a positive way, perhaps a teacher, co-worker, friend, etc.? Someone who has seen beyond the person with PH by making you feel valued and who has encouraged you to make goals and never give up on the journey to reach them? Inspire us with your thoughts about this person and what they have said or done that has made a difference in your life.

  • #17938
     Brittany Foster 
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    I have to give a shout out to my pulmonary doctor on this one. He has gone above and beyond anything that I would expect. He sees me and treats me as a person. I am around his age so it can be hard at times to open up to a doctor that is close in age to me, but I have really formed a great relationship with him that is both professional and friendly at the same time. He listens, listens and responds, and gives 100% every time I talk to him or see him. I always feel heard and he also knows that there are parts of having a chronic illness that are difficult mentally too. He has a sense of humor but is also serious when he needs to be. He is even helping me work on all the GI issues that I have going on right now with my motility an he’s not even a GI doctor. I think it’s important for specialists to work with and look at the different ways things can impact the WHOLE BODY and not just focus in on their one specialty. I’ve seriously never met a more patient doctor in my life. He’s an awesome person and I’m lucky to have formed a good and trusting relationship. It has always been really hard for me to trust doctors due to the trauma of medical interventions and surgeries in my life. It took me until my 20s to understand that every doctor wasn’t out to hurt me or find something “wrong with me”. This is what I believed for a really long time. But I don’t feel that nervousness or anxiety when I talk with him.

    • #17947
       Colleen Steele 
      Keymaster

      Brittany, he sounds like a remarkable doctor! There are few that are truly the entire package of what a patient needs. My son was very fortunate to have a PH doctor who fits the description that you gave. What’s amazing is how doctor’s like them manage to reach a personal understanding with all of their patients, and not just a few. Your pulmonary doctor sounds like that type of guy. You have been through so much in your young life and it’s a blessing that you finally found a doctor who is both knowledgeable and compassionate! I hope you will be able to keep him for a long time!

      • #17964
         Brittany Foster 
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        He’s only 4 years older than me so he better not be going anywhere anytime soon hahaha! I’m already going to see him at another hospital because he switched hospitals after his fellowship was over. Now he’s official lol! But he just has so much knowledge about literally everything and it amazes me every time. Definitely a keeper that’s for sure!

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