Dear Dr Bartels,
I wan to express my sincere gratitude to you for your excellent care during my recent treatment for a vestibular schwannoma. I have been an RN for 28 years so when I was diagnosed I began to ask among my colleagues for the name of a surgeon. My husband and I also researched on the Internet to learn all we could about schwannomas and skull based tumors. You were highly recommended to me by another health care professional who was also a patient.
As soon as we met you we were impressed with your focus, warmth, knowledge and caring. We immediately knew we had made the right choice. Throughout my hospitalization you always responded to questions and problems in a timely manner and my husband and family consistently felt secure.
I would like to mention another aspect of my care that I think could be helpful to other patients. I had 6 weeks from the time of my diagnosis to the date of surgery. I knew I wanted to prepare physically, emotionally and spiritually to optimize my chances for a positive outcome. I have witnessed many patients who have had a positive effect on their illness by taking an active role in self-care.
With the support and encouragement of my husband, I was able to take a leave of absence from work and began daily yoga and meditation. I read books and listened to tapes on healing and spirituality. I also let it be known that all prayers were welcome. I'm not active in any organized religion but the response was tremendous. By the time the date of my surgery arrived, I felt calm and confident.
As disappointing as it was to be given this diagnosis, it has resulted in some very positive changes in my life. That would no have been possible without your skilled and compassionate care. Thank you for helping me.