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Pilgrimage: A Doctor's Healing Journey by Donna Chacko MD is a revealing and motivational memoir about the author reaching a crisis and recovery. When people are sick, overwhelmed, and in pain, most of us go to a doctor. But where does a doctor turn to with these crushing feelings? Can doctors reach a breaking point too? Are they allowed to? What happens when they go over the edge? This is the wonderfully gripping and enlightening true story of a dedicated, harried radiation oncologist whose outward demeanor masks inner turmoil. We think doctors must always be in control, but this physician's healing odyssey shows that relinquishing control can sometimes be the best thing to do.
Chacko delves into her past to unearth the issues that are contributing to her marital problems and health concerns. God is in her equation, and she puts it all on the table for you to consume. Just when you think doctors are somewhat immune to everyday problems or must have super coping mechanisms, this author shows you how frail yet strong a doctor can really be. Anxiety and stress plague many people today, and there is an abundance of substance use, sleep disruption and persistent health issues. One of my favorite parts of the book is near her breaking point and spends time with the prayers and poems she has in her closet--one being her grandmother's. The support systems we depended on seem to be disintegrating, or ineffective. When these are stripped away, when you come to the end of yourself, what, or who, do you have left? God. If you're looking for inspiration on how to begin your own healing journey, take your first step by reading the amazing Pilgrimage: A Doctor's Healing Journey by Donna Chacko, MD.