I read and commented on Dr. Pamela Wible’s blog yesterday and she did not comment back….she called me on the phone and we talked for over an hour. She is working hard on helping prevent med student and physician suicide and I talked to her about Kaitlyn. She also has a great approach to medicine and does physician retreats to help MDs that are depressed. She reminds me of Patch Adams in her approach to medicine. She’s a lot of fun and very insightful. Here is her website: She already knew about Kaitlyn before I posted on her blog but did not know how to reach me before.
My name is Rhonda. I'm a registered nurse, for the last 20 years, that has not been able to work since the day I learned of my daughter's death by suicide 4-12-13. (She actually died 4-11-13 and her body was not found until the 12th) Me and my husband have been married for 32 years and he's a wonderful man. We grieve in different ways. He works, I write. This is my journey through this horrible land of losing a child..
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Dear Rhonda I often think of you and your painful journey with affection. Much love
Hi Rhonda, I remember reading your post on SDN about your daughter and it really struck a cord with me. I am now a 3rd year med student and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder during my 1st year. Mental illness is definitely something that’s hard for anybody who has to deal with it, even more so for the high achievers who aspiring doctors tend to be. I am sorry for your loss.
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Thank you. I am so interested in hearing about how your medical school worked with you on your illness and if it has affected your education by reporting it.
Thank you so much.
My med school was supportive in the sense that they really wanted what was best for me. I took a leave of absence to get my act together and they did all they could to help me get reinstated. After I came back, I just picked up from where I left and tried to work as hard as everyone else. As of now, only the high-level administrators know about my issues; i haven’t told anybody else — and plan to keep it that way, unless if I find myself in a position that I need help…
I also have a blog about some of my experiences: http://bipolarmedstudent.wordpress.com
I am so glad that they worked with you like that. That is so good to hear.
Kaitlyn’s poetry is beautiful. I think what you’re doing will truly help bring awareness to a disease that can be hiding in plain sight.