Hannah gets a few medical journals and magazines at our address; I put them in a pile and get them to her eventually. The covers are generally packed with long words that mean nothing to me, and I don’t take much notice. Last week, however, ENTtoday showed up in our mailbox, and one of the cover stories was, “Mental Health Matters.” I’m sure you noticed it when you got your copy too :). Having just had my stint in the hospital, I was interested to read what the author had to say about the intersection of physical and mental health.
” The whole key is to heal the patient, not necessarily cure the disease,” Dr. Lydiatt said. “Curing the disease may well heal them, but it’s also possible to be cured but not healed or healed and not cured. The key is trying to understand what a particular patient needs to be healed.” (Dr. Lydiatt, University of Nebraska Medical Center)
I ponder this as I think about my health, which feels a little precarious these days. Doctors are great, but I have far too many of them at the moment. I keep putting off scheduling appointments because it’s stressful, and I’m pretty sure my family doc told me I’m supposed to be reducing stress. I finally scheduled an appointment with the cardiologist since my heart is important to me.
I want to be healed and I know it’s going to take more than medications, tests, and even surgeries for that to happen. It’s going to take me making changes in my life, intentionally caring for my body, putting more faith in my loving God (who is the greatest healer of all), and having peace in my circumstances, even if my body is not completely cured.
The quote also makes me think of my children who have suffered trauma. No amount of therapy will take away the past and the suffering they endured. But helping them to find as much healing as possible and guiding them toward healthy lives is, hopefully, within reach. They may not be “cured”, but I pray for healing.
Thank you for being with me on this road. I honestly appreciate knowing you are reading and I am humbled by your prayers and kind words. You bless me more than you know.
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