Thankful for the OLOGISTS in My Life

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Before Breast Cancer Diagnoses

For more than fifty years, the only OLOGIST in my life was the GynecOLOGIST.  

Annually, I scheduled appointments for three health care examinations.  One with the  GynecOlogist; and, the other two were for a yearly physical examination and mammogram.

For years, I chose to ignore the potential health hazards of being:

  • a smoker;
  • overweight;
  • overworked;
  • an exercise abstainer;
  • stressed out;
  • sleep deprived; and
  • spiritually undernourished.

In 1993, I was diagnosed with two chronic conditions — Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia.  Now, I needed a second “OLOGIST,” the RheumatOLOGIST.  

With these two diagnoses, the frequency of visits for health care treatment increased from three followup exams per year to monthly followup visits, bi-monthly lab testing, and a host of prescribed medications.

After being diagnosed, with two chronic health conditions, I made some healthy lifestyle choices.  I —

  • no longer smoked,
  • found outlets for spiritual nourishment, and
  • committed to a formalized exercise program.

But, I failed to address some of the other health hazards

  • Stress;
  • Overworking;
  • Weight Fluctuations; and
  • Sleep Deprivation.

Despite the continued health hazards in my life, for more than fifteen years, my two chronic health conditions were adequately managed and controlled with —

  • Medications;
  • Self-Management Tools;
  • RheumatOLOGIST Medical Management; and
  • Lifestyle Changes.

Then, the Breast Cancer diagnosis came in 2008.

After Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Medication Side Effects

Between 2008 and 2013, I was diagnosed with five different health care conditions.

Each diagnosis, including breast cancer, was attributed to a side effects from a different medication; and, all were prescribed to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis.

To treat these conditions, I had to add five more OLOGISTS to my healthcare team:

  • OncOLOGIST;
  • PulmonolOLOGIST;
  • CardiOLOGIST;
  • PsychOLOGIST; and
  • OphthamOLOGIST. 

There may even be a sixth OLOGIST, after my consultation visit in two weeks with a DermatOLOGIST.  A cluster of bumps appeared on the right side of my face several weeks ago.  This may be a side effect of a new Rheumatoid Arthritis medication; which, was added to replace one that was discontinued because of a side-effect that affected my lungs.  I will share the results of this visit in an upcoming post.

Despite the side effects and added health care conditions, I AM Thankful for the OLOGISTS in My Life

And, when, I Grow Tired of the OLOGISTS, I

  • STOP
  • BREATHE
  • EXPRESS GRATITUDE

And, quietly say, “I LIVE Because of the  OCOLOGISTS in My Life.

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What I Want for Everyone

I WISH that every underinsured or uninsured person, in this country, one day will have access, like me, to OLOGISTS and other health care providers.  

 

11 thoughts on “Thankful for the OLOGISTS in My Life

  1. One of my grandsons, who is 10, has already had surgery 8 times, the first when he was 2 days old. Because we live in Canada, there has never been any charge. Money has never been mentioned. The care has always been excellent. That is what I wish for all people.

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    • I hope the newly passed Affordable Health Care Law is a step in that direction. I know Universal Health Care is the desire of many Americans. Even though the Affordable Health Care is working, there are still politicians pushing to repeal it. So, it’s not likely that Universal Health Care will occur anytime soon. Thank you for your comment.

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