Bridging the gap between health care providers and patients through Empathetic Partnership
Empathetic Partnership is an interdisciplinary framework for helping professionals to guide them in creating effective and meaningful partnerships with their clients and patients. This partnership is an individualized partnership, based on each patient's needs, desires and goals. Empathetic Partnership is based on 6 key elements and is influenced by the concepts of New Zealand nursing's Cultural Safety and the work of US sociologist Brené Brown. Women of sexual minority are used as the exemplar population to demonstrate how Empathetic Partnership works. The We Belong Project is a community and a blog where health care providers and women can come to connect via conversation and for resources. Patients come to The We Belong Project for a sense of community and to be reminded of their innate right to belong. Health care providers come to The We Belong Project for resources to assist them in creating Empathetic Partnership with those they care for.
Your passing, while I knew it was inevitable, completely caught me off guard. It came so quickly, I didn't have time to prepare myself. Although I'm learning I never really can prepare myself for these kinds of things. If only I would have known the last time I saw you would be the last time I saw you. I would have spent more of our time together looking at you to see you, not looking at you to assess you as my patient.
Here's what I've already learned from the inspiring and scientifically-based work of Kelly McGonigal, PhD: what it means to say yes to my goals, to understand that I do have the power to change things in my life, and how stress can actually work with me instead of against me.
Today is the day. I am a member of the surgical team who will take care of you -- the team that will remove your breast to treat the cancer that has tried to make a home in your body. We all have our role today, and the world would see yours to be the "patient." I see it as something more: a powerful gift to us.
Because you remind us why we do what we do.
Today will feel sterile and scary. And I am sorry for that.
What is Bacterial Vaginosis and why do my partner and I keep getting it?
Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) is an overgrowth of bacteria in the vagina. BV is not traditionally considered a sexually transmitted disease (STD) but it is commonly found in women who have sex with women (WSW) and can be transmitted between two women.
The vagina naturally has many bacteria residing in it and the balance (flora) of them are all in harmony. With BV, one kind of bacteria (usually Gardnerella) overgrows and changes the natural pH of the vagina, making it more alkaline.