25 Brilliant Pieces of Non-Medical Advice We've Heard From Doctors


We expect our doctors to give us medical advice. But sometimes, detailed instructions, big words we don’t know, science talk and “Look! I went to medical school!” language is the last thing you need when facing a diagnosis. If you’re lucky, your doctor understands this.

We polled our Facebook followers for their favorite pieces of non-medical advice their doctors have given them. Turns out, a lot of doctors really do get it. Take a look:

1. “Just enjoy him!”

Quote by Ann Ribaudo Santamaria: "Just enjoy him!"
Submitted by Ann Ribaudo Santamaria

2. “Treat her like a child. Love her, let her play, enjoy and let her enjoy childhood.”

"Treat her like a child. Love her, let her play, enjoy and let her enjoy childhood."
Submitted by Christina Martino

3. “Submerge yourself in a peer group.”

"Submerge yourself in a peer group."
Submitted by Paula Sirochman Enzerra

4. “Stop comparing him to others. He’ll get there in his own time.”

"Stop comparing him to others. He'll get there in his own time."
Submitted by Jenny Wells

5. “Therapy is a big help, but you gotta have a life, too.”

"Therapy is a big help, but you gotta have a life, too."
Submitted by Vicki Happ

6. “Don’t look this up on Google.”

"Don't look this up on Google."
Submitted by Ann-Maree Claire

7. “Enjoy a glass of wine with your husband. Go on dates, too.”

"Enjoy a glass of wine with your husband. Go on dates, too."
Submitted by Marsela Ismailanji

8. “When traveling at night, we can only see as far as our headlights shine. But if we focus on that bit of road ahead without looking into the dark beyond, we can cross the whole country.”

"When traveling at night, we can only see as far as our headlights shine. But if we focus on that bit of road ahead without looking into the dark beyond, we can cross the whole country."
Submitted by Judy Pamer

9. “She is not her diagnosis.”

"She is not her diagnosis."
Submitted by Aurora EH

10. “Don’t ever apologize for standing up for her. You know her needs better than anyone else. Trust your instincts.”

Don't ever apologize for standing up for her. You know her needs better than anyone else. Trust your instincts."
Submitted by Jennifer Shelton

11. “A good dog solves a lot.”

"A good dog solves a lot."
Submitted by Kristen Daniels

12. “Just let the diagnosis be part of the fabric of your lives, not the focus.”

Just let the diagnosis be part of the fabric of your lives, not the focus."
Submitted by Melissa Murphy

13. “Don’t be so hard on yourself, Mom.”

"Don't be so hard on yourself, Mom."
Submitted by Jessica White

14. “Take a trip to Hawaii.”

"Take a trip to Hawaii."
Submitted by Ethelwyn Smith

15. “You didn’t do anything wrong.”

"You didn't do anything wrong."
Submitted by Michelle R. Rice

16. “Whatever happens, she’s your little girl and she has a mum and dad who love her unconditionally. That’s more important than anything else.”

"Whatever happens, she's your little girl and she has a mum and dad who love her unconditionally. That's more important than anything else."
Submitted by Rowan Higgins

17. “What you do every day for your child is much more important than anything I could ever do in my career as a doctor.”

"What you do every day for your child is much more important than anything I could ever do in my career as a doctor."
Submitted by Heather Piszár

18. “Don’t put him in so much therapy that he doesn’t have time to just be a kid.”

"Don't put him in so much therapy that he doesn't have time to just be a kid."
Submitted by Michelle Molyneux Allison

19. “Let your son tell his story.”

"Let your son tell his story."
Submitted by Erin Gaynor Putman

20. “Take up tennis and swear every time you hit the net.”

Take up tennis and swear every time you hit the net."
Submitted by Ann Burgess

21. “Remember to take care of each other, too.”

"Remember to take care of each other, too."
Submitted by Geri Booth and her husband

22. “If you treat her special, she will be. Treat her the way you treat your other children.”

"If you treat her special, she will be. Treat her the way you treat your other children."
Submitted by Maggie Fraire

23. “Jacob, some days you just have to look at all of us doctors and tell us to stick it where the sun doesn’t shine and walk out the door and go play hard. And we doctors just need to say, ‘Go get ’em kid. See you tomorrow.’”

"Jacob, some days you just have to look at all of us doctors and tell us to stick it where the sun doesn't shine and walk out the door and go play hard. And we doctors just need to say, 'Go get 'em kid. See you tomorrow.'"
Submitted by Lauren Hall Davis and her son, Jacob

24. “Keep doing what you’re doing.”

"Keep doing what you're doing."
Submitted by Britney Gardner Masucci

25. “Put the books away. Love your baby!”

"Put the books away. Love your baby!"
Submitted by Jane Glovier Kinter

Has your doctor shared a piece of non-medical advice that resonated with you? Tell us in the comments. 

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