A Note from a Patient
Where do I start?? Well I was diagnosed with endometriosis in December of 2012 and was told by this guy…this physician… (Dr. Rasheed Yakubu) that I had to have surgery soon as possible I looked up at him and said I can’t do this. He said, “Don’t worry I will be there with you every step of the way.” Needless to say, he did just that over the course of 3 years of knowing him and being one of his favorite patients (as he and the nurses would say).
We built a close friendship over time. He no longer was addressed as Dr. Yakubu but Rasheed lol. I looked at Rasheed as more than just a doctor to me. He was a friend/father figure to me at some of the worse points in my life, he was always there to tell me to pick my head and be the strong woman that he knows and sees me as.
One day I asked him “Do you ever have a down day? Every time I see you you’re always smiling.”, he laughed and told me that whatever you’re going through that I should always smile because the world doesn’t need to see or know your troubles. I took that advice and ran with it as a life lesson. He was always the one who encouraged me to follow my dreams and to finish school I was so glad that he could be part of my graduation day from trade school. I think he was more excited than I was because he beat me there to the ceremony lol.
I can honestly say that I will never find another doctor/friend. I miss those days where I could just vent and he would sit there and he would just listen and sometimes laugh at me which was ok because we laughed at each other. He did his job well and didn’t see you just as a paycheck or patient. You were an individual to him. I know he cared about every single patient he had.
Well, my friend is gone, part of me hurts, but I know God needed you more and your time here on earth was done! Today we all will remember you on Your Birthday and will celebrate in memory of you! As I wipe these tears away and get myself together I Wanna Wish you A Happy Birthday Rasheed! Rest in peace Your gone but not forgotten!
Your Favorite patient/Friend
Caroline N Hamrick