Late last week I wrote a post late at night on end-of-life care and my experiences in residency. I threw it up on my blog. I will be honest, and admit that I came close to deciding not to post it. It seemed less wonky than my usual stuff and I wasn’t sure it was a good fit. Moreover, even after all this, I still don’t fully trust my capabilities as a writer, and I was afraid that it would come off wrong somehow.
I decided to post it anyway. The next day, I got an email from a friend who said it was the best thing I’d ever written. He encouraged me to go put it up at The Huffington Post. I questioned him, as I did myself, but listened and submitted it.
I can’t tell you how glad I am that I did. The response has been overwhelming. It’s easily the highlight of my blogging experience so far. The emails and comments I have received have been touching, humbling, and completely reaffirming. I really don’t talk about my clinical experiences much; maybe I should.
Regardless, I want to say – publicly – thank you to all of you who read what I write. And I want to give an extra shout out to those of you who take the time to write me, or post comments over at the Huffington Post. Words really cannot express how much I appreciate that.