A Good Relationship With My Doctor Makes Life With UC Easier

Living with a chronic illness can be challenging, especially without a good relationship with your doctor. Luckily, I am fortunate to have an excellent rapport with my gastroenterologist. He was recommended to me by my aunt, who had sought his help for her son's Crohn's disease many years ago.

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Even before officially becoming his patient, he made an effort to visit me when I was admitted to the hospital due to not finding the right medication for my ulcerative colitis. His gesture meant so much to me that I asked if I could give him a hug, despite realizing later that he isn't much of a hugger. Nonetheless, his willingness to let me hug him showed his empathy and understanding.

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What I appreciate about my doctor is his ability to be both personable and straightforward. He always tells me the truth, and after explaining everything, he makes sure I understand by asking if I have any questions. If I do need further clarification, he provides additional information. He knows me well enough to know that I often wear bow ties, and I know him well enough to know that he enjoys Lady Gaga's music. Our relationship is good enough that he feels comfortable teasing me. Once, when I questioned the necessity of a medication, he humorously asked if I had attended gastroenterology school since our last appointment. It showed that he trusted me enough and could engage in lighthearted banter.

Not only do I have a great relationship with my doctor, but also with his nurse and administrative staff. The nurse is usually my first contact with the office, and she promptly responds to my messages and addresses my concerns. Over the years, she and a staff member have spent a considerable amount of time dealing with my insurance provider. Their assistance has helped resolve billing issues and lower initially exorbitant charges. I am immensely grateful for their dedication and often refer to them as my insurance warriors.

In summary, I am fortunate to have a team of caregivers who genuinely care about my well-being and go above and beyond to help me manage my condition successfully. I am more than just a patient to them; they treat me as a person. If you are searching for a doctor, I urge you to find one who provides the same level of care — someone who makes time for you, communicates clearly and thoroughly, and genuinely answers your questions. If you are lucky, you may even find a doctor who shares similar interests, like enjoying the music of Lady Gaga, which can be an added bonus.