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20  Feb  19 kimberly-resnick category Kimberly Resnick

Combating compassion fatigue | Kimberly E. Resnick, MD

“We have not been directly exposed to the trauma scene, but we hear the story told with such intensity, or we hear similar stories so often, or we have the gift and curse of extreme empathy and we suffer. We feel the feelings of our (patients)…Eventually, we lose a certain spark of optimism, humor and hope…We aren’t sick, but we aren’t ourselves.”

-C. Figley, 1995

That beseeching, fearful look. I know this look. These five faces that want answers, any answers—to the complicated scenario I just painted. I glance at my Apple watch. It’s 3:00. Shocked by what we found. Assumed that Ms. X had early stage endometrial cancer.  Had to open due to findings. Stage 4 disease. It’s 3:05.

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