Learning From Those We Treat
One of the great privileges of being a chiropractic physician is having the opportunity to help people. Hopefully, many people. And with many people come many different personalities. Over the years, I have come to challenge myself to find something about everyone that I like and/or admire. This is easy with most people, more difficult with others. But every person has a different story, different life experiences, and different perspectives. Every day, I learn from my patients. Their presence in my life is very enriching, and I hope that on most days, I am able to return the favor. As patients share with us their joys and sorrows, we become woven into the fabric of their lives.
I have lots of favorite patients, each unique in their own way and many very inspiring and quietly motivating. Without chiropractic as the medium, I would have never had the opportunity to be blessed by their presence. Shirley comes to mind. She is in her late 70’s and still travels 3-4 times per year to overseas destinations for mountain climbing! She is a former champion table tennis player and ballroom dancer as well.
Kurt felt so moved by his convictions on a Mexico mission trip that he started his own not-for-profit organization and now leads frequent mission trips to desolate destinations. He sold his very profitable company to devote more time to his passion for helping people! Beverly and her husband adopted four children in need of a loving home. After being married for only a few months, Frank served as a caregiver to his newly diagnosed wife who remained bedridden for over 20 years. The list goes on and on.
Every day in practice is a breath of fresh air. No two days are the same. I encourage you to take a moment and give thanks for your skills, your profession and the many people who trust you to take care of them with your talents. What a great blessing it is to serve our fellow man, witness their recoveries and make a living doing what we love!
I hope to see you at the fall convention in Lisle so you can tell me about your favorite patients!