My body has always and sometimes still does feel so awkward, clumsy and out of place. I flail in space when body is tired, I wobble when my back aches and I creak like an old house when I nudge myself awake in the morning. Like I said, far from graceful. Graceful has always felt impossibly unachievable like grasping to cup water into a broken bowl.
Patients are people. People are not their diseases, not their conditions, and not their disabilities. People are people: multifaceted, complex, messy. Somehow the word patient can collapse the person into a single (or set of) disease(s). In my own practice, I debunk this perception of a patient as disease. This is the stuff my medical training addressed and emphasized: that people are people, not their diseases.