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TravelingWithout Fear WHEN TREATMENT HITS CLOSE TO HOME
Last month, I was able to check Japan off my travel list. My family took a big trip to Asia, and it was a memorable experience. I always have a blast with my wife and son, but this trip was special because we were joined by Suzanne’s parents, her brother, and our nephew, too! None of us had ever been to Japan before, so that was exciting. Connor is super into Pokemon, and he’s been looking forward to visiting the country where it came from since we first planned the trip. We also spent some time in Vietnam, where my in-laws grew up. As you can guess, being in Vietnam was very different than being in Japan, but no less fun. Big family vacations are hectic, but you always come home with some great memories. We were especially glad that my father-in- law was able to enjoy the trip alongside us. For a while, we worried his health would get in the way. My in-laws are both hairstylists. They run their own salon and have literally spent the last 30 years on their feet for 10 hours a day, every day. Some time ago, my father-in-law developed neuropathy and began to suffer a great deal of pain in his legs and feet. He went to a bunch of different doctors, who all prescribed a ton of medication and told him he would just have to learn to live with the pain and change his lifestyle to cope. Lucky for him, his son-in-law is a man who developed a process to help reverse nerve damage. During the six months leading up to our trip, my father-in-law came into the office for treatment. He worked hard to be up and about longer and regain his ability to walk without pain. Our goal was to have him back in “fighting shape,” or as close to it as possible, before the big family trip. We knew there’d be a lot of walking, and my father-in-law didn’t want to let pain keep him from touring a country he’s never visited before or introducing his grandsons to the place he grew up. I have helped many patients overcome the pain of their neuropathy, and I enjoy hearing stories from thankful patients who were able to walk on the beach with their spouse or keep up with their grandkids at a theme park. However, this was the first time I got to see that experience firsthand. It’s always humbling to hear how you’ve
“… my father-in- law didn’t want to let pain keep him from touring a country he’s never visited before or introducing his grandsons to the place he grew up.”
helped improve someone’s life, and I’m grateful I was able to help my father-in-law improve his, so we could all fully enjoy this trip. My son and nephew now have these amazing memories of their grandfather being able to explore Japan with them and show them Vietnam; my wife visited new countries with both her parents; and my father-in- law enjoyed every moment and didn’t have to worry about finding a place to sit down every few steps.
Spending this precious time with our family is so important, and it’s devastating to hear about patients whose nerve pain keeps them from embracing these moments. We have such a limited time, and wherever we go on this earth, I want my patients to enjoy every moment with the ones they love. Nerve pain shouldn’t get in the way of making new memories.
– Dr. Bao Tha i
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