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Member Spotlight: Dr. Heather S. Owen
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Next up in our Member Spotlight: Dr. Heather S. Owen, President of TCEP. Dr. Owen is a constituent of Senator Don Huffines and Representative Morgan Meyer.

A Doctor's Purpose

I have known since I was young that I wanted to do one thing: become a doctor. There was no big epiphany for me or dramatic event, it was just what I felt called to do. I have never wavered in my passion to pursue medicine and I would do it all over again if I needed to. The ability to walk into someone’s life at a time of their greatest need is one that is reserved for physicians and I feel blessed to have that opportunity. It is the most rewarding career I could have imagined for myself. It comes with great sacrifice, but through it all, one thing remains true—we love what we do.

Someone once told me that being an emergency medicine physician is sharing in another’s suffering every day. This sentiment is true and the wounds are deep. I walk into a cold, white room, where a family is huddled into the corner. They hear my footsteps, all eyes on me. His eyes lock on mine, and I feel the weight of his entire world on my shoulders. I start as I always do, “I am Dr. Owen. I am the Emergency Medicine Physician caring for your wife today.” You can hear a pin drop as they await those dreaded words, the words they pray will never come. “I am so sorry. We did everything we could, but your wife has died.” The moan of the deepest pain a person can feel rips through me every time, no matter how many times I hear it. That sound of profound loss, utter despair. I’ve heard it countless times, but it does not hurt any less.

Patients may think we are indifferent after the numerous times we’ve delivered the worst news possible, but it never gets easier. We wear the wounds of our patients, share in their suffering, and see a part of the world most prefer to ignore. We are there, 24/7/365 because we choose to be there for our patients.

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