As a doctor, patient and mother, I find creating – writing, drawing, painting – to be a healing assertion of humanity in the face of suffering.
While in graduate school, I was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer. Cancer distilled my life, helping to clarify how I wanted to live and grow. It confirmed my calling – to care for others as a doctor.
Creating helps me find peace amidst uncertainty.
Writing, drawing and ceramics (find my work here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/GinkgoTreeStudios) are key to my practice as a patient and doctor.
I hope that my stories as a doctor and patient will nurture understanding and trust between those who suffer and those who heal.
I can be found on Twitter @JuliaMDWriter and reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.