Today is a day to thank all the medical professionals who have helped save multiple lives and on a more personal note, for patients to thank the individuals who have delivered their care over the past weeks, months or years. 

Image courtesy of Pixabay

Image courtesy of Pixabay

If you are indebted to someone in the medical profession, here are just a few ways you can say ‘thanks’! 

Donate to a relevant charity: If you have overcome an illness such as cancer or a stroke and you want to give something back, today is the day to make a one off donation or set up a direct debit to help more people come out the other side too. Your recovery is a result of the people on the front line but also those who do the research, fundraising and promotion behind the scenes so it’s important to recognise both sides of the coin. 

Volunteer: If you have the time, why not volunteer for the very organisation that was instrumental in saving your life? You are a shining example of why others should show their support so they will be happy to have you. 

Send a thank you to someone directly: You could send an email to the department in which you were treated, or post a card to the ward you were on and address it to the professional who was assigned your case. Perhaps you’d like to send them flowers or a box of chocolates too?

Post a thank you on social media: If you want to reach a wider audience to champion your care, why not take to Twitter or Facebook and share your story? It’s important to counteract the negativity that monopolises social media with an injection of gratitude and use the hashtag #gratefulpatient.

Reward someone you know in the medical industry: If you have a friend, partner, or family member who works in this field, show them some love and buy them dinner, take them out for the day or buy them a thank you gift. They may not have treated you personally but chances are they will have helped countless others back to health and wellness.  

Write: There are so many books hitting the shelves today written by people who have overcome the most unbeatable odds- perhaps you could be one of them. If you don’t feel you have a book in you, maybe a local publication would publish your story? If you know a journalist, ask them to report on your story so you can spread your message far and wide. 

Blog: If you want to consistently help others who are going through what you have as well as those who are in recovery, why not set up a blog? People take solace in having like minded people to talk to and read about, this could be the ideal way to pay it forward. 

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