Dr Tom Black has been our family doctor for as far back as I can remember. He has been there for us in the best and worst of times.
You don't often go to the doctor when things are going well and you feel fantastic.
He was always there with a reassuring, "I will fix this" attitude that left you feeling well cared for.
He diagnosed my father's prostate cancer 14 years ago, navigating him through the most challenging journey of his life. He cared so well for him throughout his illness. Daddy may have walked into his surgery feeling sick or in pain, but he would have walked out laughing and upbeat, more positive after his consultation with Dr Black, who knew exactly what to do.
He visited my dad at home, seeing to his medical needs, making sure that he was comfortable and setting up a room at the Foyle Hospice when the time came.
He talked him through the process and somehow managed to unburden him of the fear associated with the end of life.
Dr Black diagnosed my mother's thyroid cancer this time last year and made sure that she was in hospital, having a life-saving operation, before the month was out.
He and his colleagues at the Abbey Medical Practice, a bustling surgery in the heart of Derry's Bogside, cared for her throughout her many operations and guided her all the way through the pandemic and back to good health.
Dr Black confirmed the pregnancies of my children, looked after me as I prepared for their births and welcomed them into his practice when they arrived in the world.
He has looked after their every medical need since and helped them grow and thrive.
Being in the heart of an area hit hardest by social and economic problems, Dr Black knows more than most about the impact of lockdowns
There have been so many times I could mention that we have thrown medical issues at him. He caught every single one and dealt with each with the cool and reserved calmness only a doctor who has worked at the coalface of community medicine can.
I have cried in his office. I have been frantically worried over children's illnesses. I've limped in and been gripped by anxiety over health woes. He has been there with his wisdom, knowledge, expertise and words of comfort, like a soothing balm. I have trusted him, and will continue to trust him, with my life.
His surgeries are often packed with people needing a myriad of complicated physical and mental health issues dealt with. His practice is a small, family-orientated one found just yards from Free Derry Corner. His patients, from all walks of life, are from the area and across the city, with family roots in the Bogside.
For Sammy Wilson to say that Dr Black is "irresponsible" and "ignoring the economic consequences" of an extended lockdown is simply wrong.
Being in the heart of an area hit hardest by social and economic problems, Dr Black knows more than most about the impact of lockdowns.
He has said his practice is dealing with mental health problems which are double what they were. And he still says we need to keep restrictions in place to prevent "mayhem" in our health service.
I believed Dr Black when he told my mother it was time to act on getting her cancer dealt with. He saved her life. He is not a man to be ignored. If he tells you it is serious, it is.
Our health is his main concern, which is why I believe him, not Sammy, when he says the time to act is now.