Posted by: vftmom247 | 2012/10/02

Hospital Heroes

One thing about being in the hospital four times in Germany so far is that I have met a lot of people. Some with English, more with a little bit to none. Two have stood out especially for me, so I’d like to tell you a little about them. I don’t know their names, but they both are inspirational.

The first one is a gentleman I met my third time in the hospital. He had not had the easiest of lives. He had been maybe ten years into his second and very happy marriage when it was discovered that he had cancer. This second marriage had come late in life, and with the tidal wave force of young love. It took him totally by surprise. So did the cancer. He had thought it was just kidney problems, but it turned out to be cancer. A virulent form of it. When I met him, his chemo had to be planned around the days he needed laudanum for the pain, and the laudanum cured the pain, but left his mind dazed. He has a brilliant mind. On the nights neither of us could sleep, we sat by the nurses station talking about religion, physics, and human nature. The far-reaching scope of his mind reminded me a lot of my dad’s. Equally razor-sharp too, with a good sense of intelligent humor. I saw him with his wife one day. Stars shone out of both their eyes. This is a couple deeply in love.

Yet, from what he didn’t say as much as what he let slip, he is living on stolen time, it seems. The cancer is racing through him. His bad days are awful. Still, he is squeezing as much joyful life as he can from each day. He has no self-pity and allows you to have none for him. His attitude is truly inspirational.

The second hospital saint I have met is also suffering from cancer. Her hair is gone,strength varies, pain is still there. When she left in Sunday, she already knew she’d be at the doctor’s Monday for blood-work before a round of chemo on Tuesday. Her husband was long deceased, and she has no children. Yet, she has a buoyancy of spirit that’s infectious, a twinkle in her eye, a sense of humor that is the equal of my grandmother’s and an unquenchable zest for life. She has a really nice boyfriend too – but keeps her own house..”I have my own ways and don’t want to change them!”. She is a great knitter too, and just a nice person who lights up the room by being in it. And one of the most positive attitudes I have ever seen.

These two people stare pain in the eye every day, but refuse to give in. They refuse to let their disease rule their life or take it over. They make my kidney stones look like absolutely nothing…and yet, they meet their day with a smile, a sense of humor, and love for their fellow man. And this is why they are an inspiration to me, and hospital saints.



  1. I agree. Some of the most inspirational people I’ve met have been my patients who show me and the rest of the world what it means to trust and have courage.

    • Amen.

  2. Oh, my goodness! Thank you for sharing and for enjoying this post enough to share!


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