"This is just part of getting older" "It is probably just stress"
"You just need to lose weight" "Your labs are normal"
"These things just happen after having kids"
If you are a woman, then you have very likely been told one of these statements when you sought out help from a medical provider for a genuine health or wellness concern.
I recently listened to an amazing episode of one of my favorite podcasts, The Sarah & Dr. Brooke Show #128, where they interviewed Maya Dusenbery, author of the book Doing Harm which explores sexism in medicine and looks at the social and cultural underpinnings and systemic problems that leave so many women feeling dismissed and receiving sub-standard medical care.
This episode really resonated with me at the deepest parts of my soul. Listening to it reminded me that these concepts are the very reason that I left my safe, secure career in hospital-based medicine to go out on my own and start Blissful Heart, PLLC.
I have been on the receiving end of this sexism in medical care, having my concerns dismissed and just flat out refuted...
...feeling left on my own, scared, helpless, and doubting my own experiences in my body.
It became much more obvious to me after the birth of my first child, and the bad experience was only reinforced with each subsequent pregnancy and childbirth and the diagnosis of my autoimmune disease.
I was more recently confronted with this when I had sudden onset neurological symptoms from Lyme Disease and overheard the team in the ER discussing my case outside my room saying, “typical ER case, looks like faking”. Yes, even with my privilege as a white, educated, healthcare professional, I still was completely dismissed by my so-called colleagues. I do wonder if they would have drawn the same conclusion if I had been a white male physician instead of a female nurse practitioner.
What I do know is that I believe women. I believe that women are the experts of their own bodies. I believe what women experience in their bodies, and I believe in the body’s innate ability to heal and recover when we give it what it needs.
At the core of it all, I decided to do this because I believe that women deserve better. I want to use my skills, gifts, education and training to meet these unseen needs for other women. I want to be the health care provider that I wish I had.
If you would like to work with me to have your health concerns truly listened to, believed and addressed, then go ahead and schedule your free 30 minute consult today.