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26hr photo project: "...focusing on the positive has helped a lot."

This photo series by a resident doctor in Calgary documents the stories of physicians before and after their call.
By: Rebecca Hay
June 16, 2020
Photo: Rebecca Hay (Instagram)

Dr. Theresa Wu says: "This pandemic can be very overwhelming, but there is only so much in our control. As long as you’ve done your very best to control what’s in that scope, the rest is up to fate. When I feel overwhelmed, I just look for all the positive things that are happening; everyone working together, seeing the best in humanity, all the kindness that has come about, and spending quality time with my children. The innovation we are seeing both in medicine and around the world is very inspiring. It’s such a negative time but I don’t think it achieves anything when we focus on that. Our feelings are our feelings and they are valid, and I’ve had my moments where I am stressed and down, but focusing on the positive has helped a lot." Swipe to see Dr. Wu before and after her call.

About 26hr photo project: Photographer Rebecca Hay is a resident physician training in Paediatrics in Calgary. "Physicians commonly work shifts up to 26 hours long—often without breaks or sleep, caring for families and vulnerable people. A lot can happen in that time, both beautiful and exhausting. I started the photo project "26hr" to highlight the human aspect of medicine and the incredible people working these shifts, and to explore their stories and perceptions."

Rebecca is on Instagram as @liferecaptured.

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