How doctors use Twitter to battle emotional fatigue

A reminder, as if we need it, that our oncologists and hematologists are all too human in their care and support for us, and how the support from their colleagues and friends, involvement in outside activities, helps them cope when they cannot help their patients. Quote:

“I’ve recognized that I struggle with becoming emotionally fatigued when the bad news I have to give seems to happen in discouraging waves,” Merry Jennifer continued. “I tend to form close attachments with my patients over time, and while doing so allows me to care for them empathetically and passionately, it’s not ideal—or sustainable—for my own emotional self-preservation. Having colleagues who understand what I’m experiencing, who are going through the emotional ups and downs themselves, is immensely helpful. I regularly have lunch with a close friend, also an oncologist, and those minutes shared over a salad are like a mini-therapy session for us both. And finally, I’ve come to understand that my sense of well-being is improved (and preserved) by engaging in activities outside of oncology—spending time with my husband and two children, cooking and baking, and writing.”

How doctors use Twitter to battle emotional fatigue.


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