is an oncologist who I have been receiving encouraging and inspirational newsletters from for years. I find his newsletters in my email inbox every Thursday and it seems and more than once they have given me some encouragement or enlightenment at just the right time. His philosophy is based on the premise that when we connect we heal. I believe he supports this philosophy with his medical practice and his personal life.
Generally, I have not encountered many doctors who are personable and charismatic. Most encounters I have had with them has been very antiseptic even though I rarely make appointments. In some instances, I have felt judged or criticized. There seems to be a wall constructed by objectivity that left me feeling minimized. I know that this is probably due to my own sensitivity. However, bedside manners are not a top priority for most.
I do not remember exactly how I found Dr. Steven, I know it had nothing to do with health. I believe it had to do with him posting something somewhere that I felt was uplifting and I saw he had a newsletter so I signed up. I do know that I admire this man. He reminds me that gratitude is the key to life and human connection can make a life-saving difference.
Dr. Steven Eisenberg is the founding physician at California Cancer Associates for Research and Excellence (cCARE) in San Diego and he shares stories of magical moments with his patients that teach him how to care for himself and others better. He seems to be shown through his work how precious life really is and the connections to inner happiness.
Today I received this poem (below) that Dr. Steven wrote and it made me consider the feelings of doctors as they work to treat us. Their fears, aspirations, worries, and motivations. To work in oncology is a special vocation it takes someone who has strength, heart, and nobility. Dr. Steven thank you for all that you do to help others live better.
by Dr. Steven Eisenberg
Aren’t we all in some way?
I’m a doctor.
I bandage up people.
Then I get bandaged up again to face the next patient.
To face the world of medicine.
To face my world.
The one I created.
So here I am.
The bandaged bandaging the bandaged.
“Patient” means to suffer.
To suffer sometimes is to be human.
You’re a patient.
I’m a patient.
We’re all patients.
Every day there’s a new patient.
What can I possibly do to help that human being sitting across from me?