"How Having Terminal Cancer Has Made Me a Better Doctor"
Last July, Dr. Kate Granger was diagnosed with terminal cancer that had spread throughout her abdomen, liver, and bones. The 29 year old elected to stop treatment and undergo palliative care. Now, with the limited time she has left, she’s written an inspiring diary and has returned to her job as a hospital registrar. She’s also come to the realization of what it takes to be a more compassionate, caring doctor. “Having cancer has changed me,” she said. “It’s made me reali[z]e how important the little things are—holding a patient’s hand, sitting down with them and not standing over them, communicating news in a compassionate way and explaining the impact on them to their families.” She goes on to detail her vision for her legacy: “I wrote this diary in the dark hours of my hospital stays. I want it to be in every medical school and hope my colleagues read it and think about how they practi[c]e medicine.” Click the link above to read more about her incredible strength and bravery.