Healing: When a Nurse Becomes a Patient
Theresa Brown, RN
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Pub Date: 4.12.2022
𝘞𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘢 𝘯𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘦𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘴 𝘢 𝘥𝘪𝘢𝘨𝘯𝘰𝘴𝘪𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘵?
Theresa Brown, an oncologist and a home hospice nurse went in for a follow-up scan on her mammography; it wasn’t the first time she had had a follow-up scan. But this time, she heard the words from the radiologist, “I see a mass.”
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.
𝘏𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘮𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘩𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘵, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘮𝘦𝘮𝘰𝘪𝘳.
Thank you to @algonquinbooks and @theresabrownrn2021 for a spot on tour and a gifted copy.
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