Friday, July 10, 2009

The Best Medicine

When you are being treated for cancer there is a medicine for everything that ails you. Medicine for the nausea. Mild bone pain medicine. Stronger bone pain medicine. Something for the tingling in the fingers and toes. Something to increase your infection fighting cells. Medicine to keep you awake and medicine to put you to sleep. I have a "little bag" full of medications at home.

As I walked into the hospital for work this morning, I was thinking maybe I should have taken a few of those medicines from my "little bag" to get through the day.

But I quickly found that I didn't need them, because I received a much more effective medicine from God. It's the "best" medicine. The timing was so perfect throughout the day that it could have been labeled "Timed Release". A morning prayer time with a friend. The enthusiasm on the face of a new young nurse, as she gives report on her babies for that night. Hugs from friends I work with. A surprise visit from Carl for breakfast. The laughter of co-workers as we talk about funny things that happen to each other. The kind and encouraging words of a caring neonatologist. The loud lusty cry of a brand new 10 pound baby . The little kitten cry of a 2 pound baby who thinks she is 10 pounds.
The smell of the rain on the way home from the hospital. A late afternoon nap. A quiet dinner with Carl by the fireplace at Olive Garden.

Proverbs 17:22 says A cheerful heart is good medicine." Little by little the "best" medicine was released today. It didn't come in a little plastic bottle. It didn't taste bad. It had no bad side effects. It not only got me through the day, but it put a smile on my face and a joy in my heart. I daresay, that I don't have any medications in my "little bag" that can do all that.


  1. Yay for non-medicinal medicine! :) <3

  2. You always see the joy in everyday life ... we all have so much to learn from you.

  3. Amen! Amen! Amen! God is the giver of joy, even in the midst of pain.

  4. If there is one thing I am so thankful for amidst this cancer journey, it is the acute awareness that it doesn't take much to make me happy anymore. Life had been so busy, so complicated, full of so many "things," with lots of hustle and bustle. Never in a million years did I think I would be sitting on my porch, watching my dog chase squirrels, or watching birds feed their young, etc. And it became these things that brought smiles to my face, and joy to my heart.

    When a friend brought hot soup and homemade bread, I felt I was in Heaven!!!!

    So yes, I understand the "cheerful heart" medication, and believe me, it works!

  5. HOW TRUE!!! Thank you for continuing to share your inspirational writing and thoughts!!!


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