I’ve been working in the healthcare field for over thirty years. I’m a mental health provider, focused on the impact illness has on our physical, emotional, and spiritual lives. When I started this blog, my intention was to share my insights and experiences as both a provider and a patient. If you’ve read any of my blog posts or gone to my website (www.gregkatz.com), you know I’ve had an autoimmune disease most of my life. In addition, I’ve nursed many animals with varying degrees of illness and written about their journey.
Over the past eighteen months, I’ve been enrolled and graduated with a graduate certificate in Health Humanities and Ethics. It has opened my eyes to many unanswered questions for both patients and providers about their experiences in healthcare. My classmates came from all healthcare arenas. Our discussions punctuated the challenges of working in healthcare because of finances, policy, research, insurance, access, and a host of other dilemmas. It has expanded my understanding of healthcare and made me a more informed and sensitive provider.
As I relaunch this blog, I wanted to share the direction I’m headed. This year I’ll write about my experiences personal and professional. I’ll explore how we can address doctor/patient relationships for optimal health. I’ll share reviews of books related to both patient experiences and those of healthcare providers (educationally and in practice). One of the key areas I’ll address this year is the concept of “legacy”. What are we leaving behind? How will we be remembered? What are we doing to improve our own situations and those of others?
I’m excited to explore these topics. I’ll be sharing interviews with individuals showcasing personal experiences of illness as well as the handcuffs felt by many providers as they try and reconcile the realities of medicine with their intention for entering the field.
I hope you’ll join me on this journey and participate in the conversation. Your voice is important because it’s about what we have in common, not what divides us (sound familiar). I want all voices to be heard around the table because this is how we can advocate for what’s needed, what’s right, and what heals!
If you’d like to share your story (patient or provider), please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!