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26hr photo project: "...if you start with gratitude, the struggle gets a lot easier."

This photo series by a resident doctor in Calgary documents the stories of physicians before and after their call.
By: Rebecca Hay
July 14, 2020
Photo: Rebecca Hay (Instagram)

Dr. Paulina Podgorny says: "Residency is hard. I never really had anyone in my family in medicine to ask; so I never could have imagined that residency would be this hard emotionally and mentally. Some days, when I’ve had a long week, I may say sarcastically, “Oh you know just living the dream!” I have to catch myself, because years ago when I was a child, I would drive by this very hospital and wish I worked here as a Pediatrician. So, I am literally, living the dream. It makes me so grateful because not everyone gets to do that. In hard times, if you start with gratitude, the struggle gets a lot easier." Swipe to see Dr. Podgorny 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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