Hope

Lets take a closer look today on the meaning of the word: “H O P E”. We all know what it means.

According to Webster’s Dictionary: hope – a desire for some good accompanied with at least a slight expectation of obtaining it, or belief that it is obtainable – confidence in a future event – the highest degree of expectation of good – to want and expect – to want very much.

And than we have: false hope. Forget it. I don’t understand what this one is about.

And this one is very difficult: “To hope against hope”. But it can be done. You need miracle.

“To want, expect, and believe in something to happen” – this definition of hope I prefer.

And we have to be very careful. There are some people who will try to destroy our hope.

Even some doctors. And we have to always remember, that even the best doctor is only the doctor, not a GOD.

Few years ago, before my “diagnosis”(D-DAY), I found this very interesting book: “Dr. Folkman’s War”, by Robert Cooke.  One Doctors new way of thinking about cancer. And I want to recite for you a part of the last page of the book. I’m sure, Robert Cooke wouldn’t mind.

………..Everyone has an obituary date, Dr. Folkman would tell his students, and then he would ask: “Suppose we knew your date?”……….You don’t  want to hear……So what are you going to do in the meantime if you know the date? You’ve destroyed hope. So now if a patient ask you, “ How long do I have to live, Doctor?”, are you going to tell him two weeks, two months, or two years? You put a time on it, and it just destroys hope. He urged his students never to utter the words “I can’t do anything more for you”. They could always do something…………….Or go to the window of his or her hospital room and point outside. “Do you see that building over there? That’s the research building. We are working on it”.

Remember, give a hope. Sometimes that’s all what one needs.

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22 thoughts on “Hope

  1. In Dante’s Inferno written about 1300, the sign over the portal to hell said something like “Ye who enter here give up all hope.” The message, life without hope is hell. Actually it said “Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch’intrate”, or “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here” because I looked it up for you.

  2. Lovely post. I’m grateful to my parents for raising me to have a positive attitude plus naming me so that I can say, literally, “Hope is my middle name.” 🙂

  3. Very true words. We all need hope in our lives. Its what keeps us alive inside and gives us the ability to dream and work towards those dreams. Enjoyed your post 🙂

  4. I love your post oh hope. Sounds like a very wise and compassionate doctor, rare these days. And thank you for following me. I’m following you too & lookig forward to your future posts.

  5. Very encouraging post, oneanna. I don’t believe that any of us can live without hope. Thank you for the ‘like’ on my post and may you have many more happy years to blog and share your heart with others!

  6. Good thought. It’s nice to hear of doctors being taught to really see things from their patient’s perspective – with all their training and knowledge and focus on the physical mechanics of our bodies, I think it can be very hard for them sometimes to look at things through our eyes.

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