Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Why I Love my Job

You know, I've got a fantastic job.

Many doctors go into medicine to help people - and they do. They help them manage their illness with the skillful addition and manipulation of medications. They help them navigate their way through the maze we call our health care system. They offer shoulders to cry on and words of support.

That in and of itself can be tremendously rewarding, but working with weight, I get more.

I get to help people come off of medications, help them change their habits, teach them to lead the lives they want their children to live, give them hope and watch them as they cultivate courage, pride and confidence.

Days like this past Sunday really hammer that home.

This past Sunday was the CIBC Run for the Cure - a 5km run/walk to raise money for breast cancer research.

Some of my readers here were kind enough to donate - thank you.

This past Sunday I watched as our 91 team members helped to raise over $30,000 for breast cancer research. I watched some folks run their first 5km race ever. I watched others who up until a few months ago had difficulty walking one block, walk one kilometre. I watched folks who had been having a tough time finding things in themselves to be proud of - beaming with pride. I watched happy family, huge grins and high fives.

It's why I think I've got one of the greatest jobs in the world, and I wouldn't trade it for anything.

Thank you to my patients who trust me with their care - you enrich my life and inspire me more than you'll ever know.