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26hr photo project: "I am choosing to be hopeful."

This photo series by a resident doctor in Calgary documents the stories of physicians before and after their call.
By: Rebecca Hay
May 23, 2020
Photo: Rebecca Hay (Instagram)

Dr. Jenny Saunders says: "I am choosing to be hopeful. I think a lot of good has come out of this mayhem and uncertainty. It has allowed us to prioritize and cherish our relationships with others and check in more frequently. It has allowed us to take time to pause and reflect on the needs of ourselves and our patients. I am choosing to be positive, because this is likely going to go on for a while, and it’s easy to get burnt out if we don’t focus on things within our control. It’s inevitable to have moments where we break down, but what we make of the rest of it is super important." Swipe to see Dr. Saunders 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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