Better to Face Your Fears Than Wait
This week I was reminded that what may seem like “no big deal,” can indeed become a very big deal. Unfortunately, the reminder came in the form of two patients I saw in the same week with disease that had been neglected over a long period of time.
The first patient was a woman. Her disease had become very advanced and though she claimed to prefer alternative methods of treatment, after a discussion with her naturopathic doctor, it became clear that she was not following any professionally prescribed plan of treatment. As an acupuncturist herself, she had come up with her own idea on how to treat herself, and finally concluded that it was not working. The key to good medicine is the ability to identify when a treatment isn’t working and be willing to accept an alternate form of treatment. By the time she consulted me, the disease had become very difficult to manage.
The second patient was a man who was getting married and was concerned that the skin cancer on his face would look bad in pictures or be hard for other people to see. But, by the time he sat in my office, the disease had progressed to the point that it had taken over half of his face. The surgery required, cost him much more than his vanity.
Both patients, in my opinion, did not have any psychiatric issues or intelligence problems. They’re very functional, attentive in other aspects of their lives, and all-in-all normal people. While their situations were different, it’s interesting how people can allow obvious disease (ulcerations, bleeding, open wounds, clear physical changes with an obvious pathology) to get so advanced.
The moral of this story is one of early detection and to be “better safe than sorry.” Neither one of them woke up one day to their advanced-state of disease. The gradual changes that took place day to day were so gradual in nature that it interfered with their perception of the reality. Words like “cancer” and “disease” are scary, but what can happen when they go unchecked is the real situation to fear. These patients had many reasons for why they waited, but in the end, those reasons did more harm than good.
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My passion to serve people is born out of what I believe about making a difference in others. I believe that cosmetic surgery is not just about what is on the outside, it is about the whole person. As people come to me to make changes physically their body, face, breasts or skin, I have the opportunity to not only help change the way they look, but also to help give them more confidence, a greater sense of self worth, and often a new outlook on life. This is a tremendous motivator to me to help people. I believe that as I help our patients they in turn make a difference in someone else.
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