How We Heal: A New Series

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With the simple hope of helping others, ordinary people plunged into serious health crises talk about what has made them whole again, even in the face of trauma, suffering and loss. While every approach is different, one universal truth emerges: Healing is a choice.

Stories written by Patricia McMorrow | Photographs & Video by David McLain | Produced by the CaringBridge Team

 

Exploring the Topic of Healing

Not everything that counts can be counted. And so it is with healing. To explore something easier to see than define, we set out on a journey to distill and share the wisdom of healing from CaringBridge families across the country.

Watch Life Lessons from Health Journeys

Watch and listen to how good and decent people describe, in their own words, what healing looks like - to them. Even with uncertain health outcomes, they have chosen to heal. There is much to learn from these life lessons.

 

The Stories

One day I said to Spiro, ‘I think I have to become a nurse.’ I remember he said, ‘Why? You are a teacher.’ I said, ‘I can become a nurse and take care of people like you.

She’s not just a dog. She is my angel dog. If she weren’t here for me, and being as calm and easygoing as she is, I’m not really sure how far I would be on my recovery at all.

I had to take care of the chickens. I had to physically go outside to be with them. They helped me forget what I was going through. It put me into the present in a different way.

His body is strong, but not coordinated. His mind is strong, and it is pulling things together. His spirit is strong, and he’s keeping a good attitude. You watch that and you say, ‘Yep, he’s healing.’

We thought there was no way Andre could go through this much chemo and radiation—again—and still be on the field in 2017. So to see him go out for that first practice …

I would go down in my garage with a piece of paper that said, ‘c-a-n-c-e-r.’ I’d tape it to my backdrop and I’d blow it apart with my airsoft machine gun. I was killing cancer.

I would sit down at the piano and I would just start to play. And I would really just begin to sing my way into the truth, I would begin to declare healing over my body.

My understanding of the main work of healing is receiving love, and opening up to that. Medical treatments complement that, and can support that. But the essence of healing is really opening up to love in the world.

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