So I have a confession. I’ve been guilty of misaligning my priorities and was recently called out when I saw my gifted gastroenterologist last week. I had it coming. A soft stern look is all I received. My block has nothing to do with my relationship with the doctor. Making the appointment was my first… Read More

After discussing fibroids, an upcoming surgery or an irregular period, it never fails… “Dear Doctor, one more thing; my vagina is too wet! Why?” I always take this as a compliment when the question comes at the end of a visit. This tells me my patients feel comfortable and embraced their desire to ask that… Read More

I’ve been a Mother for over 11 years now. And I’ve learned that Mother’s Day is truly a personal experience for all of us. For me it’s become about gratitude. I’ve abandoned expectations of relaxation and receiving acts of appreciation. I woke up today feeling grateful that I can fully see the blessing in it… Read More

I woke up this morning trying to ignore the pit in my stomach. I decided to distract myself… deter my thoughts from the CNN news blast that keeps showing up on my iPhone.  I had taken a news holiday in order to avoid recurring symptoms of anxiety and frustration for the past 100 days especially… Read More

These are challenging times for physicians who aim to please their patients, and equally challenging for patients who are juggling full schedules and dread waiting for an upcoming appointment with their doctors. Technology has increased access but the demands on our time remain the same. Many of our email addresses are now posted online. Individuals… Read More

Honoring Health Vow # 4   I Promise to Be an Active Participant in the Patient-Doctor Relationship   Although the Doctor you choose is a very important player in your health care experience, the most important person in the Doctor-Patient relationship is you. Before deciding which imaging and blood tests to order; before deciding what… Read More

Honoring Health Vow #6 I Vow to Advocate for Myself and Pledge to Prioritize my Healthcare Needs Seeing a gynecologist for many women is very challenging. Anticipating and visualizing conversations about your body, breasts, period, vagina, and relationships can come all packaged up with a diverse mix of life experiences, perceptions, emotions, and beliefs. The… Read More

Honoring Health Vow # 5 I choose to be “In the Know” by keeping record of important medical events in my life Don’t panic when you visit your gynecologist and you are told you don’t need a Papanicolaou (Pap) every year.   The decision to change the frequency at which you have a Pap test was… Read More

Honoring Health Vow # 6 I Vow to Advocate for Myself and Pledge to Prioritize My Healthcare Needs   I feel like passing out hugs when my patients come in with problems and say, “But I had my pap smear and everything was fine.” And then, there I am, the bearer of bad news. Let’s… Read More