As my expertise grows, my patients become more challenging. A few years ago, I orchestrated the care of a patient with stage IV cancer. When her therapies overwhelmed her, we found solace communicating by email.
Early in our relationship, we shared this correspondence…
“Deborah, you have all these gifts in helping others, it’s truly remarkable to me. You’re intuition is so perceptive and you seem to zoom in on what each person needs, whether it’s physical, spiritual or emotional. I’ve always wanted to go into psychotherapy and my hope and desire is that when I get well I’ll find a new path of helping others, too.
Right now I’m really trying to find that inner peace that comes with a heart-filled faith from God that everything is going to be fine. However, when I feel the enlarged lymph nodes it brings up that fear. I keep listening and watching “The Secret” and tell myself that this is something my body is capable of healing, but fear is an awful thing that keeps popping up. I begin questioning if I’m doing everything I can be doing to get well and then get stressed thinking about that. I pray that in the future when someone hears they have cancer it won’t have the implication that it does today. My dad used to say that cancer is not that different from a common cold. I try to hold onto that thought because when we get a cold we know our bodies will get better and we don’t worry about it other than the unpleasant symptoms.
As with the doctor you had lunch with, I think my emotions are so much more of why I’m not getting well. Even in writing you I get so tearful and I’m not even sure why.
It’s wonderful that you’ve found a way of reaching so many through your book. Do you have any ideas for your next book?
Thanks for listening …. A”
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