Illness Suffering

Dr Beverly Anderson: Remembering a Life & a Name

Friday, November 2nd, 2018

November 2, 2018 is one year since my dear friend/colleague Dr Beverly Anderson died. The first anniversary of a death is poignant and sacred. Yes, I have had other significant losses: my parents and other relatives; friends, friends’ children and friends’ parents. But each new loss beckons new learnings about living, dying, and grieving. Of all […]

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Eckhart Tolle’s Words of Wisdom: Application to Family Nursing Practice

Friday, July 31st, 2015

For the past few weeks, I have been enjoying the “Tolle Afterglow”.  For 5 days in June, 2015, I had the privilege of attending a Retreat for Helping Professionals offered by Eckhart Tolle. I was very curious and eager to learn if some of Tolle’s ideas could be utilized in my teaching and clinical practice […]

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A Problem of Loving too Much!!

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Yes, loving too much can actually make you ill!! I learned this valuable lesson while interviewing a Japanese couple about their illness suffering. This lovely couple graciously agreed to a family interview as part of a teaching/learning experience I offered at Kitasato University in January 2012, in Japan. Dr Nami Kobayashi provided excellent translation for […]

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Steve Jobs: The Personal Cost of Illness and the Drum Major Instinct

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Steve Jobs, the man who “made us want computers and other products that we didn’t even know we wanted”, passed away on October 5th, 2011.   Now his widely anticipated biography has just been released.    Excited readers are claiming they want to learn about the personal side of this very private man. No question that Steve […]

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“Why Me?” Taking Suffering Personally!

Friday, June 18th, 2010

The first question many ask when suffering with serious illness is “Why me?” Suffering seems to invite us to take it quite personally, as if it had something to do with us.  Suffering seems to be the only experience when we ask this question.   If we win the lottery, would we ask:  “Oh why me?  […]

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