Healing: When a Nurse Becomes a Patient | Book Review

Healing: When a Nurse Becomes a Patient

Theresa Brown, RN

Publisher: Algonquin Books

Pub Date: 4.12.2022


๐˜ž๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข ๐˜ฏ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ข ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต?

Theresa Brown, an oncologist and a home hospice nurse went in for a follow-up scan on her mammography; it wasnโ€™t the first time she had had a follow-up scan. But this time, she heard the words from the radiologist, โ€œI see a mass.โ€

Theresa Brown walks us through the initial shock of receiving her breast cancer diagnosis to being her own healthcare advocate and pointing out where our healthcare system is flawed and even just plain failing. This is her journey, and she is not afraid to share her fears, anger, and hopes for better healing. 

I appreciated that Brown reflected on her time as a nurse, now looking over from the other side as a patient. She realized just how uncompassionate and discriminatory the medical community could be, even herself, at times. I am very thankful to all healthcare workers, but I think our system is broken and that compassion should always override costs, politics, and opinions. 

๐˜๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ข ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ, ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ณ.

Thank you to @algonquinbooks and @theresabrownrn2021 for a spot on tour and a gifted copy.

๐Ÿ’— ๐๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ญ ๐‚๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž๐ซ ๐ก๐š๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ๐ฎ๐œ๐ก๐ž๐ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ฌ. ๐’๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ค๐ง๐จ๐ฐ ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐จ๐ซ ๐ก๐š๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐›๐š๐ญ๐ญ๐ฅ๐ž! ๐Œ๐ฒ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฆ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ-๐ข๐ง-๐ฅ๐š๐ฐ ๐›๐จ๐ญ๐ก ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฏ๐ข๐ฏ๐จ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ŸŒท

One thought on “Healing: When a Nurse Becomes a Patient | Book Review

  1. As a daughter and sister of nurses as well as a hospital executive managing drs and nurses, I can tell you they make horrible patients. ๐Ÿ˜‚ With that said, Im disappointed it took this person being a patient to understand the disparities in our healthcare system. The learning curve is great considering we came from a place of โ€˜black people donโ€™t feel painโ€™ and โ€˜women exaggerateโ€™. We do so much to attempt to educate and avoid bias. Clearly we are not doing enough. Sounds like a book I would be interested in..i will definitely pick this one up!

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