Illnesses of various sorts can literally sap the life forces out of us. Whether its addiction, chronic pain or fatigue, grief, depression, or cancer, the degree to which one has and sustains hope will determine how well they bounce back or respond to treatment. BUT... There's health and healing power through hope!
In his book, The Anatomy of Hope: How People Prevail in The Face of Illness, Dr. Jerome Groopman, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Chief of Experimental Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and one of the world’s leading researchers in cancer and AIDS, wonderfully illustrates the role of hope in recovery and making health-related choices. He concludes his treatise thus:
“Hope, I have come to believe, is as vital to our lives as the very oxygen that we breathe.”
Hope and faith are virtually two sides of the same coin for they acknowledge a greater power beyond one’s self to combat illness or make key lifestyle changes. Even in the most...