The main character (MC) of my book is of course my Dad. And because it is a memoir, everything I write is from my point of view. I am aware that my memoirs can only be a partial view of what happened. My view. Memoirs are not supposed to be factual accounts of events. Of course they should be as close to the truth as possible, but as memoirs are stories, they need to follow the same structure and pace as a novel. This is something that a lot of people don’t know.
I have having this exact conversation with my main second character which happens to be one of my closest friends. The word “closest” needs to be taken metaphorically as we are in reality thousands of miles away. And in fact, we met online years ago through facebook. Then she decided to sign up for one of my training sessions and we met in person. We have been close friends ever since. I was explaining to her the other day that in order to keep the structure of the story fluid and easy to read, I had had to simplify events and sometimes omit certain things that happened. She said “Ah!’ This conversation was sparked by the fact that I hadn’t explained in the first chapter that I was considering cancelling my first visit to my Dad. And we had had a lengthy conversation where she recommended that I go alone. And I am so glad she did. I was so torn. I didn’t know what to do. One part of me knew if I went with my kids, I would have no time to spend with my Dad. Another part of me wanted him to see his grand children for a last time. There was no reconciliation.
So my friend Shireen said go alone. She helped me make a decision.
Meet Shireen Kid-Doc, my main secondary character. One of my dearest friends. This post is about celebrating her.
Shireen is a medical doctor with high credentials. She is a paediatrician, working in a hospital in Dubai, spending many hours in the ER making sure babies are safe. But there is another side of her. She is a gifted healer and a talented medium. It’s not something she advertises openly. At least not as much as she should yet. When I learnt about that in the early days of our relationship, it got me VERY excited. A doctor and a healer? She was my dream come true. I mean: WOW.
She says that she already knows what the issue with a child is before she has even made the examination. How cool is that? But of course, she is also a scientist (and a very clever woman) so she then follows the procedure to check that her intuition was right. Imagine if doctors were trained the way she is? How many medical errors could be avoided? How many invasive procedures could be spared? Shireen however feels trapped between two worlds. The scientific world and the intuitive world. And I feel we need to free her from society’s limitations. Let’s break free. You can be an awesome doctor and be psychic. You can be an awesome lawyer and be psychic (I certainly was).
In the context of my book, Shireen helped me make the right decisions so that I could spend quality time with my father in the time leading up to his death. She was able to give me that little nudge that allowed things to happen. And without her, my memoirs would simply not be the same. She was my copilot. My partner in crime. And I want to SHOUT a big thank you.
So this is my accolade to her. Shireen is starting a private practice so she can help anyone in the world with body scans and medical advice. She will also be one of the first interviewed on my podcast in 2017 so she can talk about how a doctor can be the bigger version of themselves if they combine logic with magic. What a brave woman. Here is a link to her page.
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Have a blessed day.
(c) Ange de Lumiere 2016