As a doctor, patient and mother, I find creating – drawing, painting, writing – 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. 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.