Stop Suffering and START COMPLAINING
It’s amazing what we can put up with. Especially since, for most of us, our health doesn’t start out wonderful and then become terrible overnight; rather, the process is slow, and often quite subtle. So for many of us, things that are NOT normal are, in fact, a way of life. I was diagnosed with Celiac disease at the age of 35, and immediately stopped eating all products that contained gluten. Truthfully, prior to my diagnosis, I did not feel great, but with the exception of the heart palpitations, I thought most of my problems were “just the way my life was”.
It has been 4 years now, and as I look back, I am amazed at all the things I suffered with but did not complain about! I’ll share them with you, so that perhaps it will encourage you to seek help. And by the way, most of the problems on the list are gone.
Here goes…In parenthesis I include my thoughts about each complaint.
Brain fog, memory loss (doesn’t everyone have this when they get older, get less sharp?)
Hair loss (everyone in my family has thin hair…)
Borderline hypothyroidism, fatigue (who ISN’T fatigued working 80 hours a week?)
Asthma, racing heart, heart palpitations, anxiety (well, I have allergies and a high stress job…)
Anemia, iron deficiency, folate and B12 deficiency (I just don’t get enough nutrients; who has time?)
Irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea/constipation cycles(must be stress)
Terrible, smelly gas (I have a sensitive stomach; other people can just control it better)
Infertility, abnormal pregnancy once attained, miscarriages (I work a lot…)
Thin, cracking, brittle nails with ridges in them (never understood why)
Pain in feet (must need to get better shoes)
TWENTY TWO COMPLAINTS! And not one did I ever make an issue out of! I just figured that this was the way life was, get used to it. I share the list with you in the hopes that you will understand that these issues are ALL FIXABLE. And hopefully you won’t need to get as sick as I did before you get a diagnosis.
So I’ll ask you again to start complaining. At Visions Medical Center, we take your complaints seriously, because there is always a cause. And we mean to get to the source of it.
Tags: Add new tag, anemia, asthma, bloating, brain fog, celiac disease, constipation, food allergy, gluten intolerance, heart palpitations, hypothyroidism, infertility, iron deficiency, irritable bowel syndrome, memory loss
About Wendie Trubow, MD, MBA
At Visions, Wendie has found a place that allows her to create, to fully express herself, and to make a true difference. In 2000, Wendie received joint degrees: an MD through Tufts Medical School, and an MBA through Tufts, Brandeis, and Northeastern Universities. Amazingly driven and never one to shy away from challenges, Wendie was one of only two women in the second graduating class of this MBA program and has held space and thrived in a male-dominated field ever since. As a board-certified physician in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Wendie truly loves being able to make a difference for women and helping her patients better their lives. Having always wanted to be a part of something that contributes profoundly to people's lives, Wendie feels that Visions is the place for which she has searched. Visions inspires her because she consistently sees that people actually heal through the practitioners’ care.
Just as Wendie cares for her patients and wants them to achieve the best health and quality of life as possible, she creates that same standard for her children by providing an upbringing that supports their own strengths and honors who they are as full, grounded, and complete individuals. Wendie sees being present in the moment as the most important part of being a mother, which for her means experiencing the world with the same sense of wonder as her children. She truly values focusing on the moment as well as the journey. In addition to being concerned with catching a ball, Wendie also finds it important for her children to be able to slow it down enough to notice every small detail about the ball itself. As both a loving mother and talented physician, Wendie balances both the journey and the end goal in a way that allows her children, her patients, and herself to reach the best possible results.
Very nurturing in a very strong sort of way. I see that she’s open to growing. She’s constantly trying to help people better themselves and you can see she’s doing that for herself too. She’s so receptive; a practitioner and person who knows what she thinks and how she feels, but it doesn’t limit her from being very open to things she’s unfamiliar with.
Someone who every time I see her I think about my mom. She’s such a warm person, and she really cares about this place and about her patients. I’ve only heard wonderful things about her from her patients, which really endears her to me.
Wendie has brought me to tears, just the way she is with patients. The caring and compassion that comes out of her - she’s amazing. She cares, and she wants to make a difference. I’m amazed and inspired by her.
She has a drive and she has a presence and a vision as well. What I love is really her drive, her commitment - it’s her ability to really work with people, and in a very positive way.