She said, “leave space in your heart for the unimaginable.”

I could write and write and write things to you today about the over 1,000 posts, videos and podcasts we’ve shared here but let me keep this last post a tiny bit brief:

I am so grateful to you for reading the words here in this blog and for entrusting me with this place to help you understand. I am thankful that so many, especially Seattle Children’s, believed me that pediatric health care can change shape. Blogging, and eventually digital health, became a decade-long constitutional part of my job as a pediatrician and parent. I grew and gained and shared so much because of what I learned here listening to and talking with the public about how best to care for our children. There is no question that the world we inhabit today is different than the one I sat in when I took to this work 10 years ago. More than ever before, those of us interested in helping the public understand how science illuminates truth must keep at it. The stakes are higher and our nation’s health depends upon expert leadership and translation. Please keep writing if you are. I will.

I wrote my first post here in November of 2009 when my babies were just…babies. Now I’ve got 5th and 7th grade boys that I adore more every single day. Don’t let any parent tell you it goes by too quickly – please know that it just gets exponentially better as our children grow into themselves. Each bit of the future can be something bigger.

We’ve moved to Wisconsin. I’m finishing my last day at Seattle Children’s after being a part of this community at Seattle Children’s since I started my residency in June of 2003. In the course of 10 years as Seattle Mama Doc I’ve had such big huge work to do, such big huge love in life, and such big huge losses, too. A feeling of great success sits in me for this partnership and this work but I cannot hide from you that like so many other physicians there is something housed inside me crying out with an ongoing, nagging and near-constant feeling that I can likely do more. I will try.

And as I reflect on the decade of work I choose not to highlight specific posts but rather this: our time on this planet is so brief. We better use up our breath and our words and our work and our love on passionate friendships, an authentic fight for justice, a commitment to an enduring improvement to our world for those we love, and we MUST give ourselves the space to enjoy the bounty of our children.

Thank you. For the thousands and thousands and thousands of comments here and for seeking truth, happiness, connection, and good health.

“The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now like we think humans should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.” ~Howard Zinn

 

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Farewell to all of you lovely people,

Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson