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"You are the first medical person to explain my condition to me."
"The doctor just gave me medication and told me to go to physical therapy."
If I had a dollar for every time one of my Black patients said that to me, I would be a semi-rich woman. It is both reassuring yet disturbing that I encounter patients every day who look at me with awe, first because I am a Black physical therapist, then because I am willing and able to assist them with overcoming their disease or condition.