“During this pandemic, I have been working in dermatology clinics via telehealth.
I help triage urgent skin cancers that should be treated versus other skin conditions that – although important – can wait to be seen in person after COVID-19 has resolved.
When I was asked to share my story, I was initially hesitant because I’m not working in the ER, ICU or COVID wards, facing the disease directly. However I am still able to see how this pandemic has impacted each patient uniquely. Some patients have to juggle their day jobs with now homeschooling their children. Others have had to shut down their businesses completely. Despite their personal situations, I have been encouraged by their continued kindness and perseverance – from hearing stories about businesses reinventing themselves to donate supplies to hospitals, to single moms balancing their busy schedules and managing to also buy their elderly neighbour’s groceries.
These stories help me recognize how our community has come together to flatten the curve. While COVID-19 has presented many hardships, I am optimistic that we can overcome them together.”