#ShareAStoryInOneTweet: Stories shared by doctors on Twitter will reignite your faith in humanity
Medical professionals across the world are using the hashtag to share stories of life, death and humanity.Updated: May 07, 2018 12:25 IST
If you haven’t had a cathartic release for a long time then you must follow ShareAStoryInOneTweet, the trending hashtag on Twitter.
Medical professionals across the world are using the hashtag to share stories of life, death and humanity.
The trend was started by US-based Dr Esther Choo, an emergency physician at Oregon Health and Science University.
When I first met B, he’d been dead for 20 min.— Esther Choo (@choo_ek) May 5, 2018
We got him back, inexplicably.
He calls me every year on the anniversary. 10 years now.#ShareAStoryInOneTweet
“When I first met B, he’d been dead for 20 min. We got him back, inexplicably. He calls me every year on the anniversary. 10 years now. #ShareAStoryInOneTweet,” she wrote.
After her tweet, thousands of practising doctors, as well as medical students, shared their experiences that they said have changed their lives.
“I saw kids die daily from measles in Kenya. I saw a woman carry her child 30 miles on her back to get him vaccinated. First world parents who don’t vaccinate are spoiled fools. #ShareAStoryInOneTweet (sic),” John Vann, a paediatrician at US’ Omaha Children’s Clinic, wrote on Twitter.
Vann’s tweet was re-tweeted more than 10,000 times and liked by over 29,000 Twitter users.
Like Vann, thousands of other users have tweeted in the last 24 hours, sharing their tales and experiences.
“Delivered a 450g baby. Told she was too small- had no chance. She kept stopping breathing so stayed up with her for 2 nights rubbing her chest for every breath. Consultant said I was wasting my time. She just performed her first ballet as a healthy 6y.o (sic),” Alastair McAlpine, a palliative paediatrician from Cape Town, wrote.
Indian doctors are also following the thread to share their stories of inspiration.
“Ten years ago a starry eyed couple set off to open a chain of hospitals. 3 years later they realised they weren’t business people but doctors at heart. Now along with their one hospital, they support education of 300 kids and healthcare needs of 3 villages (sic),” Mumbai-based surgeon Amit Thadhani posted.
Here are other stories shared on Twitter, which will surely make your day a little better.
Hard working mom with two jobs. All three kids of her kids have asthma. Each child’s inhaler costs $30. That is $90 every month. This mom is struggling to care for her family, be responsible, and do the right thing.— Umbereen Nehal (@usnehal) May 5, 2018
Why I fight for affordable care.
You had a baby, too small to survive.20 weeks. I was only a resident. Sudden, unexpected, you were to distressed to see him. I held him for an hour until he stopped breathing so he wouldn’t be alone. I have never forgotten. I think of you all the time. #ShareAStoryInOneTweet— Darth Mama Clom (@SezClom) May 6, 2018
I worked hard, got amazing grades and step scores, and applied for a residency in orthopaedics. I didn’t match.— Valerie Fitzhugh, MD (@DrFNA) May 5, 2018
I took a chance on pathology. I’m now an orthopaedic pathologist; the same program that didn’t hire me needs me to diagnose bone tumors. Justice. #ShareAStoryInOneTweet
Admitted with AIDS complications, you told me,the intern, how your father hadn’t talked to you since your diagnosis.Your condition worsened quickly +you died on the floor. Your father came up to see you only after you passed.— John Aquino (@DrJohnAquino) May 6, 2018
I saw him cry and you didn’t.#ShareAStoryInOneTweet
As a med student, I was the only one in labor & delivery who spoke Spanish. I had to translate to a young couple that their full term baby was stillborn. I almost quit #medicine that day. 2 yrs later, she came back, pregnant, and made sure I knew it. ?? #ShareAStoryInOneTweet— Phoebe Scott-Wyard, DO (@Dr_PhoebeSW) May 5, 2018
The first time my patient died, I felt the loss deeply. Everyone told me to toughen up, and grow a thicker skin. I followed that advice and lost myself. Now I teach that we do not have to lose our humanity to become healers; we need to embrace it. #ShareAStoryInOneTweet— Dr Javeed Sukhera (@javeedsukhera) May 5, 2018
#ShareAStoryInOneTweet— Mary H (@MHPoison1) May 5, 2018
My brother, my soul twin, developed full blown AIDS at 43 - in 1991. I'm an RN, took all my paid time to fly 3 hrs to care for him, return to work, & repeat. My co-workers donated PTO so I could be w/him his final weeks.
Your mom was dying. I sat with you at her bedside as we watched her heart rate go from normal to 0. I played her favorite song as she passed. We sang it together and held her hand. You refreshed my compassion that day. #ShareAStoryinOneTweet— Emily Clark (@Emmacarol22) May 7, 2018