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Sorry, but I really don't know how to address you. I happened upon your blog while on the internet and I think I can tell you my medical problem because, well, you seem to be frank and... genuine. I guess I feel more comfortable communicating this way due to the fact that you are on your way to being a doctor... I don't know. I'm just really embarrassed.
Here's my issue: I have never had a physical exam by a medical doctor. I am 56 years old and I know this is not a good thing. My father and uncle had prostate cancer and I have been told repeatedly that I need to get a medical check-up, but it's just that I am very nervous and maybe afraid about the whole thing. I really don't know what to expect...
I am embarrassed to be unclothed in front of another person, even a doctor. I don't know what will happen, like what he will say or do - just a lot of stuff like that. I don't even really know what to ask you... I guess - have you learned anything about how to help a patient like me? I know I've got to do it, but I am really stressed out...
I wrote this in response to Thomas, but it could really go out to anyone who is dealing with similar thoughts, emotions, and feelings of fear and nervousness about going to the doctor. So, if you're reading this because you're nervous about going to the doctor, pretend it's addressed to you:
This is Thomas here. A while back I emailed you about my concerns over having my first physical exam. You gave me a very informative and what I think was a genuine response. I am so glad I confided in you because your words gave me the confidence to find a doctor and have my first physical exam.