It is a long time I have not written in English in this blog and I feel it is time again to come back to this 25% of readers from the UK and the US. Recently I read a wonderful prayer by Timothy Lent, lecturer in Medical Ethics at the Immaculato University. Philipa Göranson, Swedish researcher for patient engagement drove my attention on the prayer.

I found it very inspiring and would love to share it.

I am a patient 
and a patient is,
first and foremost,
a person.

The physicians and nurses who take care of me are also personsprayer
and expect to be treated as such.

As a patient, I expect to be treated as
a subject, not an object.
I am an end in myself,
not merely a means to serve the ends
of medical science and practice.

I will not allow my humanity to be reduced to a location.
Hence, I am neither a “bed number” nor a “room number.”
Nor will I permit being referred to in dehumanizing terms.
Thus, I am neither a “gallbladder” nor a “heart” nor a “kidney.”

My medical chart and history are about my life, about me;
but by them alone, you can never know me as a person.
I am not an illness,
which is what I have.
Nor am I a diagnosis,
which describes my medical condition.
Rather, I am a person.

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and you will, at the same time,
treat my illness.

I am impressed by your medical knowledge and skills.
But I even more impressed by your affirming
my value as a person.

I am a patient
and a patient is,
above all,
a person.

Written by Carlos Bezos Daleske
Director IEXP