A businessman in his late 60’s was diagnosed with advanced stage lung cancer. He was a very powerful man. Everybody obeyed his command. He had the ability to hire and fire at a moment’s notice. Even his family were afraid of him. He has been separated from his wife for 20 years and hasn’t spoken to her since the time of the separation.
When I informed him of his diagnosis, he was stoic. He shed no tears. He was quite accepting of his fate and was rather upbeat in the succeeding days. His children were quite surprised.
One day, while everybody was away, he picked up his phone and dialled a number. With his voice shaking, he asked “Is this Helen?”. The surprised voice on the other end of the line replied “Yes, who is this?”. “This is Eddie” said the man. “How are you doing? I called you to ask for forgiveness for all those years that I’ve been unkind to you”. The woman at the other end of the line started sobbing then said “The man I fell in love with has finally come back, Thank you my dear”.
Helen and Eddie are husband and wife who have lived separate lives for 2 decades. They’ve separated bitterly and lived as if the other was gone. It took a medical crisis to bring them back together.
In all the years that I’ve dealt with patients, I have come to realize that true healing doesn’t always lie in the healing of the physical body but in acceptance, in humility, in forgiveness and in letting go. The true miracle lies in the healing of our attitudes, of emotions, of the mind and of the spirit.
Keep on believing. Miracles still happen.