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26hr photo project: "...there's so much to love."

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

Dr. Jaspreet Gharial says: "Oh wow, there’s so much to love. It’s the kids; it’s very fulfilling to see them grow. You can say that about any chronic disease, but in oncology we see such a huge impact because when they start, they’re so very sick. Then, you see your chemotherapy making them sick, and then once you stop the chemotherapy you get to see them grow. It’s one of those chronic stories where you see them constantly getting better. That’s what I love about oncology.

"What’s difficult, is they don’t get better all the time. I think it’s easy to manage parents’ fears when you see them, but it’s much more difficult to manage your own fears. In some cases you have minimal information, and the disease is really difficult to manage, and it feels like you’re lost. That can be really difficult." Swipe to see Dr. Gharial before and after 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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