“What will happen to us when you die or become disabled?” – Patients’ Concern
October 28, 2012, Genith and Abigail, two patients of mine with history of breast cancer who are under my surveillance program and who are friends in Facebook, raised a concern: “although we are always praying for your long life, but just in case, what will happen to us when you die or become disabled?” Actually, this question has been asked of me by a lot of my patients, particularly those who follow me in my Facebook.
I told them that the best thing that I can do, just like what I am doing with my family (wife and children) is to train them and do “endorsements” on effective and practical working knowledge and principles on how to live on and how to take care of their health even in my absence. This is essentially what I am trying to accomplish with my almost daily writings posted in my Facebook, blogs, websites, and email-advisories. I am trying to empower my patients and my family with working knowledge and principles on how to live on and how to take care of their health.
A suggestion given to me (actually, a request) by Genith was for me to train breast specialists who will possess the same degree of professionalism and compassion as I have to take care of them when I am not around anymore. I promised Genith and Abigail that I will try my very best to train breast specialists who will be as good as I am, if not better than me. I also promised them that I will start preparing a list of names of breast specialists in the Philippines whom I trust and will confidently recommend.