Dr. Wendy Harpham is a doctor of internal medicine, cancer survivor, and award-winning and best-selling author of books about cancer: Healthy Survivorship, recovery and late effects, and raising children when a parent has cancer. She is also a public speaker, patient advocate, and mother of three.
In my July 8th post, I brought up a paradox: Patients can know that letting something go will empower them to get good care and/or live as fully as possible, and yet they don't let go. Why wouldn't they embrace an act of empowerment?
In medical situations where letting something go is a necessary step to Healthy Survivorship, the act of letting it go is an act of empowerment. So, too, in situations where letting something go is the healthiest option
Healthy Survivors know when and how to "let it go," whatever "it" is. They follow through and let that thing go when doing so helps them get good care and/or live as fully as possible. But letting things go can be so difficult.