While the patients' stories were amazing and sometimes heartbreaking, I also saw something else today. I saw a room full of physicians and practitioners who cared deeply about their work and their patients.
We often hear about the incompetent ones, or the bad experiences. I know I am often quick to share those because, after all, they are stranger than fiction.
I am fortunate that I have some good doctors in my life supporting us that should not be taken for granite. Today, within 15 minutes I saw a room full of doctors tear up as one mom shared her story, beam with pride as a young woman told about the prejudices she overcame, and then become passionately angry as another boy shared his experience of a faulty guarantee about stem cell transplants.
It is a side of physicians that we do not often see. I was reminded that like us, they are human. I was also reminded that there are great doctors out there that care very deeply about their patients and their well being.