It’s quite difficult to write this reflection one day removed from yesterday’s events. What was shared yesterday requires a much longer time – contextualized by more introspectiveness and observation – to truly digest and process. So, I write this knowing that it likely only reflects one aspect of yesterday’s personal impact.
I would be remiss to not centralize the panel of patient-advocates. When the panel shared their stories, all I could think of was how courageous they are. From what they experienced to how they have impacted meaningful change because of those events – hard to find descriptive words that would do them true justice. I am inspired by their courage. Navigating the healthcare system as a student, a woman, a person of color, an immigrant, etc. while holding the principles of advocacy, justice, and equity that have been taught to me by the educational (including medical) system has been a much more difficult task than anticipated.
One of the lessons that I took away from yesterday is to be more courageous especially in the small moments of day-to-day patient care (which actually may not be small at all to a vulnerable patient or their loved one). I’ll close with a quote that I saw every week growing up at my local grocery store: “To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world.” The (lasting) impact of human connection cannot be overlooked.