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Dying Man Has Never Been Happier

03 May

This note arrived last week, and it might strike some as odd, but this is definitely not the first time we’ve heard these sentiments.  There’s something to be said for having your heart cracked wide open by the love, care and appreciation that can surround a person who knows he/she is dying.  Read on:
I am a 69 year old man, in the hospital at the moment getting 5 days of chemotherapy treatment for another recurrence of a cancer that I’ve been fighting for 5 years.  Realistically speaking, I probably have less than 6 months to live.

I have an inspiring story of my own although it is obviously not about finding a miracle cure.  I want to tell about the importance of friends and family, how they make all the difference, even though they can’t cure this disease.  I have been transformed by their love, concern and generous giving of time and work to me and my wife.  It overwhelms me at times in a good way.

I have always been a strong, silent type but lately my heart is touched many times a day.  Tears fill my eyes from the affection and kindness people show.  I understand I matter to them and that I contributed to their lives in a positive way.  It is as if I can see myself and my life from outside myself, and it looks good.  I am a happy man.
My dear wife of 48 years shakes her head at the new me.  My two daughters and son-in-law as well.  I have meaningful conversations like never before.  I thought this would be a worthwhile perspective for your readers.
Robert M.

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award