When I started Cirugia de Torax in April 2011, I wanted bridge the gap between medical specialty societies (and professionals only) websites and the message boards frequented by people suffering from lung disease and thoracic conditions.
I also wanted to introduce readers to the ‘heros and cowboys‘ of thoracic surgery – the researchers and surgeons out there who spend long hours (and often sacrifice much of their personal lives) in pursuit of medical and surgical advances for our patients.
The response I have received has been overwhelmingly positive. From the very first post, surgeons were encouraging and generous with their time. They invited me into their offices and their operating rooms.
Researchers from around the world took the time to answer questions about their articles and explain their work.
Other doctors and health care providers have contacted with their own case reports, questions and experiences.
The patients and their families have been friendly and welcoming. They have invited me to share their stories with others.
Almost immediately, readers began contacting me; with questions, comments and stories about their own experiences. Their questions prompted me to do more reading, more writing and more interviews.
But their stories often touched my heart.. Dann Furia is one of these people.
So, here he is – in his own words.