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Everyone needs to learn ... was posted 03/25/1997 07:48 am by Ralph- from Dearborn, Mi
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Dr. Peters, and everyone: I would hope that there is something good that will come from this unfortunate exchange of words and emotions. Perhaps the Doctors involved in the original issue, and Dr. Peters, will learn to understand their limitati ons and call in the appropriate specialist before they resign themselves and THE PATIENT to "nothing more can be doen". Likewise, the patients and their families need to realize the scope of their situations and seek specialized opinions/care. A general care doctor is likely to never know as much about these types of illnesses as the specialist in such fields. Seek out the best- seek out the specialized professional, immediately upon hearing of the diagnosis. I have to believe t hat most doctors do not exactly how the patient/families feel, nor do most patients know how the doctor is affected by the situations they face, and I really don't know how long a doctor could cope if they did feel exactly the way my mother fe lt when the "clod" of a doctor told her coldly and without feeling, AND expecting her to drive home alone, that she had cancer and had 2 - 3 months to live. Nor, can I beleive that the doctors could "press on unihibited" if they felt the pain a nd helplessness our family felt during our mother's death march. BUT, there has to be some kind of middle ground for both medical profession and patient/families where understanding/concern/professionalism/humanity/feeling/common-sense can he lp everyone fight the battle to the fullest and without reservation. (Note: my mother did talk to her doctor to express her displeasure on how he dealt with her (he was a general doctor, she then enlisted the opionion/care of a wonderfull Oncol ogist); and, when the minister tried to convince my mother that she was "paying for past evils and sins", which devastated my mother even further to say the least, the family sat and talked to the minister about it. Can you believe that we sa w enormous changes in both of these professionals as a result? WE CAN ALL LEARN FROM OUR EXPERIENCES! WE ALL NEED TO TRY HARDER, perhaps, trying to walk that mile in the other's shoes, though impossible to actually do. I pray to GOd for every one's healing, and abilities to learn from our mistakes and shortcomings (and the ability to recognize and admit them). Pray for THE cure.

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