While I am an author, I am also an avid reader of other authors’ books, and am frequently asked for resources to help my patients, friends, and family with situations they encounter. So I thought you might like to see my Top 25 list of favorite books I’ve read in the past year. My 25 best books on living a fulfilled life.
The radiation technician’s smile was comforting as she held my hand to steady me as I got down on the cold, hard “bed.” She very calmly explained each step of the procedure to me. She didn’t know my professional background, or that I knew the intricacies of this procedure. Nor did she know that I needed the assurances as a patient rather than a doctor that day.
“I’m going to leave you, but I’ll be able to hear you from behind the wall if you need anything. The machine will tell you when to breathe and when to hold your breath.” No sooner had she said that and I realized I had already been holding my breath, for what seemed like days.
Ever since my doctor informed me, “We need to run a few more tests to get a better idea of what’s causing your pain,” I had been holding my breath…waiting.
“Would you pray for me?” the young woman asked, head bowed and eyes hidden from my gaze by her long, dark hair. “It would be my honor. How would you like me to pray for you?” I asked as I took her hands in mine, after handing her a tissue to dry her eyes as the cascade of tears began to flow. “I need God to heal me…” her voice barely a whisper now, as the tears caught in her throat.
“You’re always so full of joy.”
That’s a comment I receive on a regular basis, and every time I do, I smile and whisper a prayer of thanks.
Yet, there was a time when I was depressed and thought I was joy-immune. Read more about how I overcame depression to live a life full of joy.
Now I understand. While I’ve always been empathic and cared for my patients, I never really understood, the way I do now…now that I’ve been on the other side of the desk. The doctor, the caregiver, and the patient. After all I’ve been through, I can see that God really will use our pain for our good and His glory.