What is faith?
Why is it so important for us to have?
Because sometimes we are shaken to our core with unforeseen life events. A bad accident. Losing a job. A relationship that doesn’t work out. Being told you have a life threatening illness.
As I write this blog I find myself wondering why it takes most people events like these tragic experiences to “find” faith. Life can be much more peaceful living with some element of faith, whatever it is for you, all the time. As a physician I am constantly trying to help those under my care. Sometimes that is making a correct and timely diagnosis. Other times it is selecting the best treatment, whether that is surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy or some combination of them. With some patients it is just reassuring them they are ok.
The most challenging aspect of my job is when there is little to offer in the face of a rapidly progressive disease or cancer. This is where I have learned to just listen. To believe in something greater than worldly things. To learn something about the individual suffering. Attempt to lead them to faith and comfort. It is not easy but it always feels right to know when it is time to transition from treatment to palliation. We all know we have limited days on this planet. To be stricken with a rapidly progressive illness with no good treatment options really is an awful thing to watch happen to another human being. It is not something you can prepare yourself for. Or is it? Through the years I have seen those individuals who have a stronger faith handle these challenging times with more grace. They seem to be at peace and get to that point earlier in the process. For anyone, it is a scary proposition. A time when a guiding hand is needed. A time when faith is welcomed with open arms. Faith in a higher power, a greater being helps all get through these times of suffering.