I had worked in healthcare for over 40 years and our team goals were to always keep a patient educated on their health issue, what to expect from testing, before, during and afterward, and displaying some empathy and understanding as we knew living with a disease can be difficult to deal with mentally and emotionally, not just physically. Because of how my healthcare team was trained to interact with our patients, after retirement, I expected the same when I was diagnosed with a high degree of probability that I have prostate cancer. After having 2 MRIs and now waiting for an appointment for an MRI biopsy, I have to say I am less than impressed with those I have interacted with, and even angry with how my Doctors are relaying information to me, not "listening" to me and talking to me in a dismissive way, or even asking what my state of mind is. It's like I am on their conveyor belt, moving me from appointment to appointment, Doctor to Doctor, and test to test. They tell me to not assume Internet information is correct or it may not be current, yet they can't take enough time to actually have a discussion and answer my questions. I get 15 to 20 minutes to "chat" and then wait for 2-3 months before I can get a follow-up appointment. My primary care Doctor told me many Doctors in my area retired early due to exhaustion from COVID overload, which I understand and empathize with, and many Doctors in my area are no longer accepting new patients because their appointment schedules are already backlogged by several months. I have no recourse if I wanted to change Doctors. Sometimes I feel betrayed by my former constituents, and definitely angry and very frustrated. That is why I am joining this community - I just need a safe place to vent. I don't know what to expect or maybe learn from everyone else out there, but I thought it'd be in my best interest to reach out to a community that may have had similar experiences. I live alone and have no family. I am generally very strong, reasonably smart, and greatly enjoy my independence, but I am confronting a range of emotions unfamiliar to me as I have also enjoyed good health until recently. Don't get me wrong - medicine has made huge advances in diagnosing and treating disease which I am VERY grateful for, but somewhere along the line, probably due to the pandemic, interpersonal skills have gone by the wayside, at least from my experiences so far. I wish everyone better luck !