ISPP 2015

Career Opportunities in Pharmacy
A Canadian Pharmacist's Story:  She Saved My Life



I wasn't supposed to be working that day it's really ironic how this all happened I remember there was a lineup of people waiting to talk to the pharmacist so I walk in I walked right to the back where the pharmacy is and I know I'm definitely sick and I'm thinking in my head I need vitamin D pills because you know everybody does dr. Google so as I dug a little bit deeper he listed off his symptoms and I knew then it was really bad to be honest with you I kind of played around of a computer so I wouldn't alarm him too much and then I came around I said I have to tell you this and she looked at me and she said you have to go to you she looked at me and she said you have to go to the emergency room now and I said okay and it was that moment when I knew something was wrong hi everybody this is bit of a difficult announcement but I have I have leukemia and I he was gonna wait until Wednesday and I didn't think that was soon enough had I ignored her I don't think I'd be sitting here today they told me that had I gone to home that night and slept at home I likely would have died this is what pharmacists this is what my colleagues this is why we all went into this profession it's to help people the end of the day that's what it's about so what amazed me the most is Shauna reaches out to me on facebook and says hey how you doing I mean who does that I think the role of a pharmacist is to oversee thousands of patients which I don't know how they do I see a pharmacist is someone with extreme patience and compassion because you can't do that job if you don't like people and you don't always hear the stories of their results sometimes patients will come back and tell you and thank you but something so dramatic is this well basically she saved my life Shauna saved my life so he actually kind of gave me something back that day – it wasn't just me helping him you

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