In Your Words  |   April 2018
Shared Journey in Medicine: Following in My Father's Footsteps
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  • Financial Disclosures: None reported. 
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  •  *Address correspondence to Lindsey Allison Bierle, OMS IV, Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine, 147 Sycamore St, Pikeville, KY 41501-9118. Email: lindseyabierle@gmail.com
     
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Medical Education / Hypertension/Kidney Disease / Neuromusculoskeletal Disorders / Pain Management/Palliative Care / Pediatrics / Being a DO / In Your Words / Palliative Care
In Your Words   |   April 2018
Shared Journey in Medicine: Following in My Father's Footsteps
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, April 2018, Vol. 118, 282. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2018.058
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, April 2018, Vol. 118, 282. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2018.058
As I sit down to write this essay, I realize it's been exactly 1 year since I received a phone call that left me stunned and speechless: my dad has cancer. Suddenly, the excitement of my first rotation as a third-year medical student dissipated, and I was left with the cruel, numbing reality that my life had completely changed. He was an incredible and beloved nephrologist, and one of the many life lessons he taught me is what love and service look like—both as a father and a physician. 
In the months following his diagnosis, I spent every free weekend traveling home to spend time with him. Driving 7 hours roundtrip quickly began to take its toll on me, however, and I became physically exhausted and emotionally drained. For the first time, I allowed myself to become entirely vulnerable and lean on family and friends for support. My dad's bravery and constant encouragement uplifted and inspired me, and despite the chronic fatigue, I eventually adapted to the increasing demands from both my personal and professional life. My dad was the strongest person I have known and was selflessly dedicated to his patients; as he continued to provide much needed health care to his own patients in the face of the most difficult fight of his life, how could I not continue pursuing my own path? I promised him that I would never stop learning so that one day I would become the next Dr Bierle, a dream we both shared since I was a little girl. This would be my legacy. 
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