Friday, March 23, 2012

Q&A with marathon runner Kathleen Doyle, MD

Runner Kathleen Doyle, MD, with patient partner Jessica

Runner Kathleen Doyle, MD, with patient partner Jessica

Q: What is your name?

Kathleen Doyle.

Q: Where are you from?

Danbury, CT.

Q: What is your role at Massachusetts General Hospital?

Palliative care physician.

Q: Why did you choose to run the marathon for MassGeneral Hospital for Children?

I never thought I could run a marathon, but so many of my patients at Mass General have demonstrated to me the true resilience of the human spirit. I wanted to run to honor the patients of Mass General and I thought there was not better way to do that than run for MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

Q: What kind of experience do you have as a runner?

The experience has been both exhausting and exhilarating. It's amazing what the mind can make the body do.

Q: What inspires you as a runner?

I am inspired by the strength and determination of all patients facing serious illness, especially my patient partner, Jess.

Q: What has been your most memorable moment preparing for the marathon?

Running up Heartbreak Hill for the first time.

Q: What have you learned about your patient partner and what makes her special?

Jess has boundless energy and is incredibly positive. When telling me about her experience, she focuses on the good days, which I find truly inspiring. Jess will start college in the fall and major in equine studies. I know her determination and passion for horses will make her a real success!

Q: What are you most looking forward to about marathon day?

I am looking forward to feeling the energy from the crowd of runners and spectators along the route.

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