By J.S. Dorian
Bursting with insightful meditations that motivate non secular therapeutic whereas addressing the original wishes of these with persistent disease and persistent discomfort, this e-book is a must have for an individual looking religious information and down-to-earth feedback on how you can dwell with power sickness and discomfort.
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Like most people, I tended to put doctors on pedestals. I ascribed to them far too much power, and for that reason I was afraid of them. Looking back, I can see how this attitude compromised my medical care. Since I perceived doctors as godlike authority figures, it was important to win their respect and approval. I wanted them to like me and felt they wouldn’t if I bothered them by asking too many questions, by calling the office, or by complaining about my symptoms. Only rarely did I question a diagnosis or a recommended course of treatment.
But like so many people I often neglect to throw them away, even though they are no longer effective or even appropriate for my illnesses. When I decided to get rid of a drawer full of outdated medications not long ago, I found myself lingering morosely over their names, dosages, and the month and year they were prescribed. Before I flushed them away I tried, with little success, to remember which drugs had been prescribed for what conditions. What I did remember vividly were the terrible side effects of some—the nausea, vertigo, headaches, and rashes; the outlandish $3-a-pill cost of several; the complete ineffectiveness of so many.
Fighting,” in this sense, means garnering our resources, refusing to become a hapless victim, and refusing to give up hope. “Surrender,” in turn, has less to do with giving up than it does with accepting the illness; that is, learning to live fully and gracefully, without self-pity, in the new framework of our life. THOUGHT FOR TODAY When I surrender, I do not give up determination, courage, or hope. I give up only fear and self-pity. ” GERMAN PROVERB Some years ago a biopsy revealed that I had a malignant melanoma.