Above and Beyond. 365 Meditations for Transcending Chronic by J.S. Dorian

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 When I decided to get rid of a drawer full of outdated medications not long ago, I found myself lingering morosely over their names, dosages, and the month and year they were prescribed.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.

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