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Colleen Farrell, MD+ Your Authors @colleenmfarrell Internal medicine resident in New York City. Soon-to-be pulmonary and critical care fellow. Writer. Creator of @MedHumChat. Views mine. May. 06, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

A powerful piece of writing from Dr. @LisaRosenbaum17. She is a cardiologist with lupus, on immunosuppressive medications, and had to wrestle with the decision to work in the hospital or not during #covid. 1/ 

A few thoughts... this piece makes me think about the ableism embedded in medicine. Doctors with chronic illness and disabilities can relate to patients in powerful ways. Yet medicine still makes doctors feel "weak" for simply being human 2/

Also, feelings of shame and guilt have been pretty widespread in medicine these days, I believe. So many doctors I talk to, whether doing telemedicine or working in the hospital, feel guilty they're not doing "more," that they are not "enough." I have felt that too. 3/

I want to share some wisdom from my psychiatrist that has helped me immensely. I had told her weeks ago that I feared I wasn't enough—not caring enough, not smart enough, not tough enough—for this crisis. Her response really surprised me. 4/

She said: you're not enough. Not a single one of us is enough. This crisis is overwhelming our healthcare system. You can't fix this on your own.

She and I both know I am enough in a different spiritual sense, but in covid times, these words were freeing for me. 5/

I love @LisaRosenbaum17's essay because it is so vulnerable and honest. It gets to the heart of what many of us (myself include) fear: that we are not enough, that we can't be the heroes we imagine we might be, that our greatest contribution might be staying home. 6/

I hope you’ll read Dr. Rosenbaum’s essay. Full text here:

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