My Recent Writing

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And this just in!

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An article from the frontlines

I have been both a doctor and patient during the COVID pandemic. Check out this article on Medium about my experience behind the scenes from both sides (WordPress is being fishy for me today so a url will have to do. Copy/paste it into your browser to get to the article or commend and I’ll send you a link!:

We’re doing a lot right, and there’s more we can all do to get through this…. but did you catch that last part. We WILL get through this ❤️

On the frontlines

When you walk into the hospital as part of your daily job during a pandemic, you expect to get sick.

But then you walk home, buy food. You can’t avoid touching doorknobs and store counters. You do your best, and you know – with personal protective equipment limited, with sanitizer going missing – it is not enough.

So you simply ask that people who CAN avoid the virus act as though every surface is in contact with a healthcare provider. You ask that everyone around you do their absolute best because, in working in healthcare or the service industry right now, there are too many of us whose best won’t be enough. I have spoken with many people who don’t know how much to social distance, and I just ask, for our sick kiddos, unwell adults and dear elderly friends, try every day to just do your best.

The world is a single community right now and we all will make a difference in how this community moves forward.

He died at 27, and I only remember his smile

I lost touch with someone only to find out today that he died at the young age of 27, about to graduate Harvard Medical School and Harvard Kennedy School with a passion to make a difference. Shock and sadness are the expected reactions, but then I thought of all the times I spent with him, and realized my only memories – literally every single memory – is of his smile. And his laugh. Oh my gosh that laugh!

That passionate joy is what we each can only hope to leave in this world.

We didn’t know each other long but he left a smile in my journey.

Today, aspire to be the smile in a friend, acquaintance or stranger’s journey ❤️

TLDR. Society is the problem, not the picture on the left.

In the picture on the left, I had just lost 70 lbs, down from my high of 210 lbs at only age 13, 5’2” tall. I was so happy. I felt BEAUTIFUL. I felt proud of my weight loss journey. And I saw not an ounce of fat. That pink jacket fit like a rockstar. I could wear juniors styles for the first time in ages. People would see me and my mom and finally see me as the child, not the larger parent. My cheeks were rosy and my smile shining.

The picture on the right is also beautiful. I am 27 in this photo, 5’7 and wise enough to know my weight doesn’t matter. I’m more than a number. My beauty on the right has absolutely nothing to do with fitting a societally accepted size. It has to do with the confidence in the woman posed for the camera.

But society told that preteen she was fat.

And fat was bad. And weight loss was good. Society showed that teen in small, probably unintentional ways that losing weight was good. Doctors shoved health under the more easily explained heading of weight loss because it was a clearer goal to offer.

And as a doctor, I admit doctors are wrong to do that.

Weight loss is never the goal. Because that smile is not from losing weight. That smile is from walking for the first time since an chronic illness; it’s from feeling confident in who I am as a new bat mitzvah; it’s from a feeling of health and joy, not at all from a number on a scale I didn’t even step on that week.

So let’s agree to stop congratulating weight loss.

Let’s stop evaluating beauty by a size standard – in my eyes, these before and after photos show two equally beautiful ladies.

And let’s emphasize the beauty in a healthy smile. (A dentist’s tooth plug 🦷)

Let’s celebrate confidence.