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My letter to the editor of Elle

Thursday, April 10, 2008

I have been really opinionated lately for some reason. I mean, I'm usually opinionated, don't get me wrong! But lately I've actually been writing a lot to the magazines I subscribe to.

I'm an addict so I subscribe to Cosmo, Glamour, Elle, Marie Claire, Fitness, Shape, Self, Parenting, and Health. (I might even be forgetting one or two, forgive me, lol)

So I opened up this issue's Elle and there's one of my letters! From Amber K., Portland, OR HEY ! That's me!

I wrote in response to an article about a woman who kept losing weight for no reason. The doctors kept blowing her off and just telling her to eat more. She WAS eating! (Turns out it was some sort of bacteria).

It just reminded me of other doctors who have blown people off. "You have a headache? It's because you're fat, lose weight." "Your stomach hurts? You're tiny, so you're probably just hungry, eat something."

I know doctors are busy, but blowing off patients isn't going to help anyone! (Note: to all of you amazing doctors and nurses who actually take the time to listen to patients. You're are awesome! Keep up your fantastic work.)

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  • MCCLURE_33
    That's sooo cool!!
    3694 days ago
  • 1KKATT
    Good for you for writing! I have had a Dr. tell me "The pain is all in your head" to which I replied, "It is NOT. IT is in my knee and hip!" In the end, I was right and needed my knee operated on.

    Another told me I couldn't have morning sickness anymore because I was past the first trimester. I told him "Stick around, I will be showing you that I AM still sick..." and proceeded to prove it.

    Another dr told me I had all the symptoms of Menieres disease, but couldn't possibly have it because I wasn't old enough. Apparently it "magically" shows up when you hit 40 but not before. Funny, I have had many symptoms since I was around 5 or younger.

    I do wish all drs would LISTEN. Yes, some people are looking for attention, but for most of us, we have REAL problems, even if they can't immediately find the problems.
    3695 days ago
    CONGRATULATIONS on your 10 minutes of fame! That's very cool that you had the gumption to write the media.

    I have a similar example My sister's young son is really thin and small for his age. He's always getting picked on at school and beat up on the bus because he looks almost fragile. Every doctor kept telling them he had no medical problem, to just eat more.

    One doctor finally tested him for Celiac disease. It turns out all these years he has hardly been absorbing much of his food. Now he is in the 5th grade and is smaller than my 3rd grade son.

    This is a good warning you gave people to persist when you think something is wrong with you, even when they look at you like you have lost your mind. They know a lot, but they do not know everything. And you know your body better than anyone.
    3695 days ago
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