Our current health care system assumes that everyone lives forever, turning away from the realization that lives begin and end, on their own trajectories, but within the biological limits for the species. It is we health care professionals, as curators of the body, who should model the bravery to face the shadow of the end, the honesty to desist from false promises, and the humility to remind of of our limited portion on earth.As I work each day with patients and families facing life-limiting illnesses, I hope I model bravery, honesty, and -- most of all -- humility. This is awe-inspiring, humbling work, and it is an honor and a privilege to accompany people on this phase of their life journey.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
I ran across an inspiring quote in a book called Narrative Medicine: Honoring the Stories of Illness by Rita Charon: