Posted in In the Know, Partnerships

Why partnerships are so important…

Good Morning America (GMA) told a story about a gentleman in England who was diagnosed with end stage pancreatic cancer.  Upon hearing the news he decided to truly live like he was dying.  He went out and sold his clothes, sold his car and gave everything else away.  He went out for expensive dinners and was trying to do what the financial advisors Motley Fools recommend…Die Broke.

Fortunately for him after a year the doctors realized that he didn’t have end stage pancreatic cancer, but pancreatitis a condition which can be treated.  Unfortunately he’s broke, has no possessions and is considering suing the medical provider for the cost of the year of spending.  It’s this reason that as pilgrims we need to learn to ask questions.  It’s crucial that we feel we have an equal partnership with our medical providers.  The first question I wonder is did he have a second opinion.

I can’t imagine the anguish he suffered thinking his life was to be counted in days.  I can’t imagine the relief when he found out he wasn’t going to die.  I can’t imagine how he reconciles this in his head…but I can imagine what possibilities lie before him as he has a renewed chance at life.


I've lived my life in service to others. I'm focused on mental health and how it impacts our relationships, culture, and society. Through creative expression and narrative I believe we can impact change.

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