After going to so many different specialists in my area, I had grown weary of finding anyone who could tell me what was going on in my body. It wasn’t until I was sitting in a waiting room in Mount Auburn Hospital that I was finally given the gift of an accurate diagnosis so I would know what to expect and how to handle the symptoms and seasons that would come next.
I remember the day of my diagnosis. I was in shock, denial, full of anxiety, nervousness and fear. I didn’t understand why or what I had. I would need a whole year to finally accept it, but there was one person who made that day and that year the best experience I could have had during such a crazy time: the right doctor. Kathryn Wang was my superhero in a white lab coat. She was attentive to my every request, thorough in her examination and patient in my denial. She carried a comfort and compassion I couldn’t replace or replicate in any other office. She was my like partner in fighting muscular dystrophy.
Though I started with Dr. Wang, our time was short lived as she moved to another hospital and my insurance no longer covered her services. I was heartbroken, but I knew that I could still find the care I needed minus the one-of-a-kind experience I had with her. Since then, I have found wonderful doctors, but few like Dr. Wang. They are not as warm, thorough or patient as she was, and I have learned to deal with that…until I was able to reconnect with Dr. Wang.
One day, while scrolling online reviews of doctors in my area, I found a doctor with her exact name. Hopeful that there weren’t that many Kathryn Wangs, I had my doctor write the referral and scheduled the appointment. It made my day. I was excited just to see the doctor. With her, I always get a full examination. She doesn’t leave anything out. If I ask, she will do it. She showed me exercises to complement what I learned at physical therapy. She just really cared. She gave me her email and let me contact her at any time.
I just felt so excited that we are able to reconnect. When she came in she said, “Keisha! I saw your name and couldn’t believe it.”
I share this story to help you identify a few key traits of a great doctor. Having the right support medically can be the difference in your quality of treatment, recovery and experience. I recommend looking for the following when evaluating a potential doctor:
- Are they thorough? What I loved about Dr. Wang from day one was her insisting that we do every possible test to figure out what was happening with my body. Not every doctor will go through the trouble to do that.
- Do you have a connection with them? This doesn’t happen with every doctor, but I what I missed the most about having Dr. Wang as my doctor was our connection. I always had the feeling that she truly cared about me as a person and not just as another patient. That connection may look or feel different for every person, but we all know when we click with another person. Identify those things you need to see (compassion, patience, consideration, thoroughness etc.) and make sure you’re comfortable with your choice.
- Lastly, are they willing to direct you to others when necessary? This isn’t something you will necessarily be able to ask or know about until something requires the conversation, but what I loved about Dr. Wang was that after she diagnosed me, she sent me for a second opinion to her mentor. Her mentor ended up becoming my doctor as Dr. Wang moved, and I couldn’t have been more grateful for her humility and consideration to make sure I was in very good hands when she left.
All this to say, I’m not a medical professional and this is not an exhaustive list of what to look for, but these are traits that I have been blessed to experience while working with Dr. Wang and other doctors. I hope that you can use these qualities to find the right doctor to help you navigate chronic illness one day at a time.
Author: Keisha Greaves
Your Bio: Keisha Greaves Story
I was born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. My personality is friendly, strong work ethic, and great professional skills that make her the hustler she is today. I graduated from Framingham State University with Bachelor’s in Fashion Design and Merchandising, a year after I graduated from Cambridge College with a Master’s degree in Business Management. While earning my degree I gained invaluable experience in the business/financial and Fashion Industry with working at different departments at Cambridge Savings Bank and many merchandising companies such as Motherhood Maternity, Tommy John, Spanx, Echo Design and Fossil Group.
While in Framingham State University, I was in the Fashion Club and Black Student Union Club where I was able to meet new people and gain and learn a new experience in both groups with a different diverse of people. I knew I always had a passion for fashion from in middle school and new I wanted to be a Fashion Designer. I looked up to Fashion Designers like Kimora Lee Simmons and Betsey Johnson. I love their unique different styles and just two successful entrepreneurs who are making it in the fashion world and continuing to grow. My dream is to possibly meet both of them one day, even maybe do some business together.
Girls Chronically Rock Apparel Line was inspired by myself because I was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy back in graduate school so I wanted to make something inspirational, motivating for people who may have a chronic illness like myself or maybe battling anything in their life, to let them know that they rock no matter what. Each month I have a percentage of the proceeds go towards the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
With the wonderful work experiences over the years, I am really just an easy-going person where sometimes I love to be at home watching lifetime movies or many of my TV shows that I love to watch on a daily basis. I like spending time with family and friends whether it’s traveling, going out to eat and going to special events.
Link to website: https://www.girlschronicallyrock.com/