I am a cardiologist who deals with ‘all matters of the heart.’ Over my 13+ years of practice I have become acutely aware of the role stress plays in people’s heart health. While I find the technology and progress in cardiology fascinating, I have learned that a pill, procedure or surgery does not always cure or fully heal. I love guiding people who are ready to change their lifestyles so they can live at their healthiest. This may be through discussing a specific personalized nutrition lifestyle, starting an exercise program, or even igniting their spiritual connection. I ask every patient about their spiritual practice, I believe that it is directly related to their outcomes. My own spiritual journey began 14 years ago after the loss of our first child due to a complication from a vacuum delivery. That experience taught me my greatest life lesson, that love doesn’t start with birth and it doesn’t end with death. I share this lesson with anyone who comes my way grieving a loss. The second big lesson is that the physician-patient relationship is a sacred one. It cannot be treated with defensiveness and fear and can only thrive through honesty and respectful love. Since then our family has been blessed with two more daughters. My spiritual journey has lead me down multiple paths helping me to navigate the difficulties of parenting while being a full time cardiology attending, relationship challenges, and just overall exhaustion and burnout. My spiritual practice and meditation has kept me grounded, sane and helped me to reclaim my inner joy and peace. This journey has transformed my entire life, including all my relationships with family, patients, friends and most importantly, myself. Especially since COVID, it is my mission to help my physician sisters who are ready to get off the hamster wheel, step back into their authentic selves and feel their joy again. I am living proof that even after devastating loss and trauma joy and healing is possible. It is impossible for me to live this life without sharing all the jewels of wisdom that have come my way. I do this via speaking engagements, in our Meditation for Female Physicians facebook group, my Path to Meditation Mastery Course as well as via 1:1 consultation.
Kerry Graff, MD shares about how a diagnosis of lazy eye at age five changed the trajectory of her life, in several unexpected ways.