"There is no profit in curing the body,
if in the process,
we destroy the soul."
City of Hope
We make the commitment to cure and heal, while also making an oath to honor patient self determination and choice.
Above all else, it is our responsibility to remember that we are face to face with human beings who have stories and histories, that define them...long before we have arrived. Every line and mark on their face holds who they are and where they have been. We have a RESPONSIBILITY to recognize and acknowledge this...this is their story, not ours...despite all the knowledge, beliefs, or skills we have to offer. This is about honoring and placing patient and family experiences at the core of our work.
Ann Hartman, LCSW, and Dean of Smith School of Social Work, insightfully stated:
"Because many of our patients and families are powerless and oppressed, their knowledge has been subjugated, and their insights have been excluded from the discourse by those who are empowered to define the 'truth.' We must bring forth their wisdom, their lived experience, and their visions of the world."
Here is a moral obligation, and in a powerful yet soothing way, it is an opening for a creation of human solidarity.