Thanks guys. I don't plan on giving up healing so easily. I'm actually somewhat glad it happened if that makes sense because it was a good wake up call. My last few runs have been fairly smooth and perhaps this is an opportunity to rethink my healing strategy. Maybe next time I'll try preemptively bubbling or renewing him before he enters any of the side rooms. Hopefully that way he won't die before I get him back in line of sight again.
This is a good idea. Healers learn more from wipes than from anything else. Don't be ashamed or feel guilty when you or your group dies, but be vigilant. Ask yourself if you could have done something differently.
Preemptive bubbling is great on a disc priest, as they are based off shielding.
Reading your original post, it sounds like the tank was probably the one at fault.
There is a general mentality of "If a tank dies, it's the healer's fault. If the healer dies, it's the tank's fault."
But you start to learn at higher levels that isn't always the case. Sometimes a tank dies because they don't use cool downs properly, or because they have decided they can pull 10000 mobs when a healer has no mana, or because they think they are god's gift to tanks so they pull entire rooms intent on soloing them.
Actually, just this week our prot paladin decided that he wanted to pull the first mobs in Throne of Thunder with an afk healer (me) and an absent healer, because prot paladin healing is ridiculous. Luckily, I got back in time to keep everyone alive, but I did make fun of him for pulling without a healer.
Everyone here has said roughly the same thing: You need a thick skin to be a healer.
Along with that, you also need to be willing to defend yourself when it's not your fault. Some healers won't do that and will just be like "yeah, whatever" when a tank or dps blames them. I'm not that type of person.
I will 100% admit if I mess something up, without hesitation. But I will also 100% point out when it's someone else's fault and they can either own up or chicken out of admitting it.
Be honest with yourself and with others. Don't take on blame that doesn't belong to you, but own up to your mistakes.
And don't quit a group after one wipe. Give it 10-20 before you decide it's hopeless.
It gets really frustrating at higher levels when you see people go "oh, one wipe, I'm out of here," no matter what it's for. Everyone has a learning curve, and it's important to allow for the differences in those. 10-20 wipes is enough for even the steepest (more than that, and they just don't have one) learning curves.
This got a little long, but healers are rare enough that I don't want to see someone discouraged out of doing it because of the bad attitude of tanks/dps that we have to contend with on a daily basis. Us healers are the foundation of our raids/dungeons, because without us (after a certain level), groups can't do much of anything.
Yeah, that's right. We get blamed for everything...but we also have the power of life and death. I feel like stating that cheesy line about responsibility and power, but this is already too long!