Last week I went in for my 8 week appt and my Rheumatologist told me that he was retiring. At the end of July he will no longer be my doctor, my saviour, my hero! I balled my eyes out, right in front of him and he said "I'm 78 you know"! I know he is 78 but doesnt look a day over 50. His wife had been after him for 5 years to retire but he didn't want to and still doesn't. The nurses ive known are moving on to other places and the xray techs may lose their jobs if his associate doesnt keep them. I called the associate to make an appt. for august and the receptionist was rude to me and I felt like I was having to start all over again. 9 years gone! I dont want my medications changed or messed with and I dont want some doctor I know nothing about getting all up in my business and causing a disruption in my care. I'm sad, hurt and I feel helpless and alone. I dont like being forced to make such a big change. I am beside myself.