Meriter Hospital Medicine
202 S Park St 8T
Madison, WI 53715
Chronic illness by definition equates to loss of something, be it loss of freedom from dietary constraints to loss of mobility and function to eventually loss of biological life itself. Yet along the journey of chronic illness there is potential for human growth, for finding meaning in pieces of oneself perhaps not innately apparent or present at the beginning of ones journey on this earth. In order to allow patients with chronic illness and their families to optimize their journey of well being and meaning in this life, there needs to be intentioned and thoughtful transparency of communication between health care professionals and health care recipients. There needs to be active listening to what is most important to the patient, there needs to be flexibility of providers and the systems they work within, and there needs to be recognition that to do this well requires the full engagement of an interdisciplinary team of dedicated and compassionate health care providers.
Time with friends and family is very important to me. I also very much enjoy my time in the gym as well as running – these activities have proven to be great ways to relieve the inevitable stress and tension that accumulates in my day to day working life.