I am a real person.
I am not your next statistic. I am not your next appointment,
something to be crossed off a list
once you’ve prescribed your meds and followed your protocol and
check check check
did everything you’re supposed to do when dealing with a breast cancer patient.
I feel different than the breast cancer patient who just left,
different than the one who will sit in this chair when my slot is up.
Follow your protocol
but don’t forget that you are treating people.
Real live human beings.
Were you taught that humans have two ears and two eyes and two legs, a nose, a heart? Have you noticed that that isn’t always the case? Have you noticed that even when check, check, check, we have two ears, eyes, legs, they look different?
And then: See me.
And then: Listen to me.
I am human,
and you, doctor, work for me.