Hello, my name is Brandi. I am a native of Grand Junction, Colorado and
I enjoy crafts, writing, and working with other people. I live with 4 birds and a boyfriend. Since I
was a young child I have lived with many hardships, including my parents’
bitter divorce, a family history with alcohol problems, numerous medical
problems, and frequent thoughts of self-harm.
Since my high school years I have
participated in treatment for these problems, such as counseling, groups,
medications, and meeting with my family doctor.
I have seen numerous counselors in many different settings. So many, that it is difficult to remember who
I saw, where, or when. These problems
have also made it so I have been to several hospitals on numerous occasions,
and there was a time when I was going to the ER or admitted to the hospital
weekly or monthly.
This all started to change when I
finally was able to have a family doctor who paid attention to both my needs
and wants. I first met Dr. Mathwig in
2008 when she was a family medicine resident at St Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. I felt that she listened to me and met me
halfway. Through her help many of my
hardships and my need for high-level services improved.
Over time my healthcare team has
grown. It now includes a family
therapist named Dr Reitz and a psychiatrist named Dr Venard. Dr Mathwig has now graduated and my current
resident is Dr Carlson.
Here are the benefits of having a
- Less confusion
- More confidence in myself and the team that treats me
- Less afraid of what any given doctor may say or do
with my treatment
- I feel more important and validated
- It helps me take a deep breath and realize that I
have a team who is dedicated to helping me continue to be a success.
My message for other people dealing
with hardships is that I’ve realized that hardships are only temporary, so keep
your chin up and do your deep breathing.
I feel lucky that I’ve been able to assemble a good healthcare team, and
therefore, I encourage you to take your time and work with your providers and
to insist that everybody works together.