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A Friend Loves At All Times

10/28/2015

There is so much bad news—just listen to the news or read a paper—yes there is so much bad news. So I especially love to hear good news stories of individuals helping other individuals. Proverbs 17:17 says, “A friend loves at all times, and kinsfolk are born to share adversity.”  I love the following two […]

How Are You Doing Today?

01/04/2015

Brian Mansfield is a writer for USA Today and was diagnosed with colon cancer at age 48.  Brian chronicles his life with cancer in a series of articles called, “My Semicolon Life.” Brian’s advice to caregivers:  Ask the question, “How are you doing today?”  The last word makes all the difference by differentiating the question from […]

Start With Compassion

10/14/2014

This spring, in the days prior to and especially following knee-replacement surgery, I was asked several times a day, “How would you rate your pain on a scale of 1-10?” Frequently, pained by uncertainty, I would respond with a mocking precision that puzzled the questioner. “3.63,” I’d say confidently, pausing for effect, “but I’ll leave it to you round off that number for your charting.”

My Constant Companion

10/09/2014

After I’d been out of commission for a few months, my pastor made a passing reference to “these chronic conditions.” I corrected him—my condition wasn’t chronic, it was just slow to abate. Now, five years on, I still don’t know what to call my dis-ease and wonder whether I will ever feel “normal” again. But my dictionary defines chronic as “persisting for a long time,” and there’s no denying it’s been a long time.

A Hurtful Label

After I’d been out of commission for a few months, my pastor made a passing reference to “these chronic conditions.” I corrected him—my condition wasn’t chronic, it was just slow to abate. Now, five years on, I still don’t know what to call my dis-ease and wonder whether I will ever feel “normal” again. But my dictionary defines chronic as “persisting for a long time,” and there’s no denying it’s been a long time.

When Pain Takes Over

After I’d been out of commission for a few months, my pastor made a passing reference to “these chronic conditions.” I corrected him—my condition wasn’t chronic, it was just slow to abate. Now, five years on, I still don’t know what to call my dis-ease and wonder whether I will ever feel “normal” again. But my dictionary defines chronic as “persisting for a long time,” and there’s no denying it’s been a long time.