More Than a Patient

The man who saved my life, twice. Dr. Ahn.

We often talk about great doctors, those men and women who treat us with dignity and respect. They listen to us, help us, work with us, and care. Those doctors are special, and when they retire or move away, it is difficult to replace them.

When I received the letter informing me that Dr. Ahn was retiring effective February 2018, I was sad but certain that another physician at the University of Miami would take good care of me. Would they be Dr. Ahn? No, no one could ever be him. I certainly never imagined I would be treated horribly and struggling to get Rituxan for a second time.

Which brings me to writing this blog. Today I had my one month post-Rituxan checkup, and my platelets are holding strong at 236,000. Besides feeling relieved and victorious, I also became very emotional. It dawned on me that none of this would have been possible without Dr. Ahn. Had I been diagnosed after he retired, who knows where I would be (or if I would even be alive). He gave me the tools to fight this disease, fight for myself, and fight for a better world for patients like me.

I thought back to the scared 27 year old in his exam room, unsure of what the future holds. I felt like my life was spiraling out of control. I questioned if life was worth living, if my existence was a burden on everyone around me. I was beaten down and demoralized by my diagnosis, yet this man saw something in me that I could not see in myself. He saw the real me, the fire and determination that while stifled at the time, was under the surface. It just needed to be cultivated within my “new normal”.

I didn’t realize it, but Dr. Ahn took me under his wing and started teaching me about my disease, how the human body operates, and what he had learned over decades of studying platelet disorders. He sent me home to research treatments not because he didn’t want to treat me, but he wanted me to find the answer myself and come back to him. He was building up my confidence and repairing my broken spirit. I was being taught to think like a researcher, to put myself in Dr. Ahn’s shoes. Little did I know, five years later I would be using what he taught me to save my life again. Only this time, without him there to coach me.

If I had to describe what fighting ITP is like, I would liken it to walking a tightrope. Under Dr. Ahn, I had a safety net. My fear of falling was minimal because he was there to protect me. This time, it was like showing up and discovering you have a rope and a stick. No safety net and no one to help if you fall. Despite this, I stuck to what I knew- everything Dr. Ahn taught me.

Here I am in remission, again.

While Dr. Ahn treated my ITP, he also assisted me in rebuilding my life with a rare disease. I often joke that he created a monster, but truly I would not be where I am today if not for him. His lessons and mentorship helped me fight ITP in his absence. He gave me the confidence to walk the tightrope without a safety net.

I’m forever grateful that he believed in me, and saw my potential at the lowest point in my life. Every day is a gift, thanks to Dr. Ahn.

138 thoughts on “More Than a Patient

  1. Psychedelic Mushroom Growing Kit USA

  2. buy crystal meth online

  3. click here

  4. fluorococaine

  5. mdpv

  6. Webdesign bubikon

  7. computer hilfe pfäffikon

  8. liquid herbal incense

  9. thc vape juice

  10. Herbal incense

  11. Watermelon Runtz Strain

  12. Pluto Weed Bags

  13. Gmo Runtz Strain

  14. Canada Reviews

  15. About Canada

  16. Delivery From Canada

  17. About Canada

  18. Delivery From Canada

  19. Canada USA

  20. Canada Reviews

  21. USA Drugstore

  22. Website

  23. Canada USA

  24. Learn More

  25. Delivery From Canada

  26. Delivery From Canada

  27. Canadian Service

  28. In Canada

  29. Canada Online

  30. USA Online Pharmacy

  31. Reviews Canada

  32. Meds Canada

  33. Canadian Rx

  34. In Canada

  35. Canada Online

  36. Website

  37. Learn More

  38. Canadian Rx

  39. Best Pharmacy

  40. Reviews Canada

  41. Visit Website

  42. Legal Pharmacy Canada

  43. Canadian Websites

  44. Learn More

  45. Best Pharmacy

  46. Canadian Rx

  47. USA Online Pharmacy

  48. Website

  49. USA Pharmacy

  50. USA Online Pharmacy

  51. Best Canadian Pharmacy

  52. Best Canadian Pharmacy

  53. guns for sale online auction

  54. pinball machines for sale nebraska

  55. shipping containers for sale in maine

  56. canada pharmacy

  57. crypto news

  58. Buy Methyltrienolone Powder

  59. wow vapors delta 8

  60. pharmacy in canada


  62. Canada Pharmacy

  63. virtual visa card buy with bitcoin

  64. Canada Pharmacy

  65. Melbourne Graphic Design

  66. virtual visa and MasterCard buy

  67. Jurassic Park Pinball

  68. Buy THC Weed Online Ireland

  69. Homes For Sale Caldwell Tx

  70. high cube shipping container

  71. buy copper wire online

  72. vap pens for sale australia

  73. swap bot

  74. buy delta 8 THC

  75. pharmacies in canada

  76. pharmacies in canada

  77. usa online pharmacy

  78. where to buy delta 8

  79. canadian pharmacy

  80. canadian pharmacy

  81. canadian pharmacy

  82. usa online pharmacy

  83. canada pharmacy

  84. Canada Pharmacy

  85. best canada pharmacy

  86. Istanbul Escort Halkalı

  87. backwoods price 1 pack

  88. muha meds Australia

  89. lions breath carts review

  90. buy gushers online

  91. vape carts for sale

  92. buy biscotti strain online

  93. Workshop marketplace

  94. PREDNIKEL 2.5

  95. sig sauer p320

  96. where to buy cocaine safe

  97. cheap cialis 5mg australia

  98. generic cialis wholesale china paypal

  99. extra super cialis online

  100. italy cialis otc

  101. viagra 75 mg price

  102. apparel trends

  103. sildenafil citrate side effects

  104. women's clothing online

  105. Beluga Caviar

  106. Beluga Caviar

  107. Beluga Caviar

  108. Beluga Caviar

  109. Beluga Caviar

  110. Beluga Caviar

  111. Beluga Caviar

  112. Beluga Caviar

  113. World Dating Now

  114. Vidalista 60mg

  115. toad venom for sale

  116. Horseshoe crab blood price

  117. snake venom price

  118. amoxicillin 875 mg for sinus infection

  119. possible side effects of amoxicillin

  120. mimosa hostilis

  121. canik tp9

  122. siamese kittens for sale near me

  123. order guns online

  124. zithromax for cats

  125. celebrex with tylenol

  126. celebrex coupon

  127. cephalexin 250 mg for dogs side effects

  128. keflex for tooth abscess

  129. Oven Cleaning Company UK

  130. duloxetine pronunciation

  131. duloxetine hcl cap 40mg

  132. cialis for sale india

  133. Carpet Cleaning Cockfield

  134. acheter female viagra online

  135. Guns for sale

  136. cialis used porn

  137. Web Design and SEO Office In Moldova

  138. viagra overdose chastity caption

Leave a Reply