A Case for Hope in Pain, Loss, and Suffering
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Have you ever had a pressure, heartburn, and burning that lurks somewhere behind your sternum, letting you know that you have an unwanted visitor? You probably have had this, but it went away after several hours or, perhaps, a few days. I have experienced this constantly and with deep intensity for over four years now. Although I would be ecstatic if my pain were to go away, and would even gain some solace from knowing its source, I have learned important lessons because of this pain. During my several hospital stays and various medical procedures, I have had the privilege of knowing some remarkable patients whose pain did not produce a sense of loss or suffering. I also learned from other patients whose pain had thrown them into the catacombs of suffering. To all of these people, I owe the kernels of insight that fueled my present theory of pain, loss, suffering, and hope.