When Gratitude Meets Intention, It Births Magic
Always be reminded of what is good and important in our lives and what we want to change about ourselves and the world around us.
Of the many people that I have come across and a story I will now share with you, is the story of Dorothy “Dotty” – one that probably touched me most on how I perceived the lessons I had to learn on my life journey. Dotty came to see me early 2019 with her family of seven adults along with her “to be daughter in law”
She had been diagnosed with an esophageal (Food Pipe) Cancer. Seeing her walk into my office was rather – nerve wrecking – as this frail 70 yr lady, who would normally weigh 55 kilos was now down to 47 kilos and was slowly fading away.
More crucially she was literally just recovering from breast cancer treatment, when the news of oesophageal cancer came. She had significant side effects from chemotherapy for breast cancer with tingling and numbness in her fingers and feet, which made matters worse.
However, there was something about Dotty that was intriguing, to a point where I was almost compelled, despite her rather frail state to consider a full treatment -that included major surgery to remove her esophageal cancer – an Ivor Lewis esophgaectomy (which is serious surgery with lots of risks especially when one is that frail)…Something that, in these very circumstances I would have said that was too risky to be even considered as an option!
What was really fascinating about Dotty was her will to live and her extreme sense of gratitude – despite whatever was happening in her life!
At the same time, in my own life, I had been experiencing a personal challenge, about which I was feeling rather helpless – I was looking for someone out there to come and help me – as my problem seemed to consume me, I was looking for that magical solution … until I was “infected” by Dotty!!
I decided to follow my intuition
Dotty was all lined up for an oesophageal resection – after the lengthy family meetings and consultations with the multi disciplinary team – as this lady was not prepared for a “no”.
When she was lying on the operating table,I could see the look in the eyes of my operating team, as if, questioning my sound judgement on considering her a suitable candidate for this surgery.
I tried to wear a sense of confidence and progressed with surgery. The 6 hour operation was done in two stages with the abdominal part first and then the chest part which was done as a keyhole procedure.
Dotty survived the operation – but will she make to home? She was just too malnourished!
Dotty recovered well and started swallowing gradually – just as a baby learns to eat baby food first and then solids!
Her recovery was remarkable – And while her family gave credit to me for her success, I just knew in my heart that it was “Dotty that healed Dotty”!
Her attitude of gratitude was infectious,
Her intentions to live for her family were explicit,
Her purpose was laid out,
She was on fire!
Dotty came to my office three months after surgery and the picture speaks for itself. For the first time I shared with her, my fears and hesitations on operating her and how her presence, her energy and her attitude had such an influence over her recovery.
Dotty continues to inspire many lives around her with her “infectious” personality.
Have you ever wondered what does it take to lead a fulfilled life?
I am reminded of Ekhart’s words above.