I am writing to say thank you for the good care you took of me. My bulging disc and associated sciatic pain caused the most difficult time in my life. For the first time, enjoying day-to-day activities was not so simple. The pain became a constant part of my life that I could rarely escape. It was discouraging not to be able to do the things I had done without a thought in the past. I have always loved the outdoors because it’s where I feel most free. Not being able to run, climb, and hike make it feel as though I has lost a part of me that made me who I am.
I wasn’t at peace. However, I am so grateful that you have been my physician. You always gave me hope and a reason to be patient. Surgery, along with physical therapy have led to dramatic improvements that I worried would never happen. As a result, my frame of mind this school year is much different from last year. Now, I never worry about pain or not being able to be active. In fact, during the summer I went backpacking for the first time since the accident. My good friends and I hiked the Olympic Mountains. It was tiring but I was amazed how little pain I experienced. I also played tennis, road my bike, and took the long walks I had missed greatly.
I am back to being Alex, that is, the uninhibited kid I used to be. While I am thankful my friends and family stood by me during this trial, I am especially glad I can focus on others again. I am happy and expecting continued improvement of my condition. You gave me a reason to pursue medical school, to heal and rebuild lives. I want to be a physician who does his best to end the suffering of others. That is what I feel called you too. You have helped me understand that.
I hope you are doing very well. At the moment I am facing a new challenge-trying to survive Cell Biology and a second semester of Organic Chemistry! But that is something I can take in stride now that I feel so much better. Again, I can’t thank you enough for your help, care and concern.