Tell Us: How Often Do Health Care Professionals Tell You the Truth?

Denise

Tell Us: How Often Do Health Care Professionals Tell You the Truth?

Denise

My brother-in-law asked my sister and I about our dad yesterday. "Do you think he's adjusted to his (ostomy) bag?"

"He doesn't talk about it like he did," I shared. "I think as much as he can adjust, he has."

The adjustment took more than two years though. Before my dad's surgery in March 2015 to remove his bladder and kidney due to cancer, the staff told him he would lead a normal life after the surgery. After the surgery, his life changed significantly and it took two years to feel like he had a somewhat normal life. We weren't prepared for the impact of the surgery because they assured us that he would golf and live as he did. He never golfed again. We really needed the truth and asked for it but they deferred.

I wonder about your experiences. Have you heard the truth from health care professionals about the impact of a diagnosis or procedure or treatment? When have professionals sugar coated the situation to you? When do you wish they would have been honest with you?

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