The Magic Of Happy Living

In 1978 I started a form of group therapy for people with cancer, called Exceptional Cancer Patients, or ECAP. I began this work after a long period of unhappiness and pain, during which I had to confront my limitations as a physician. I learned that patients do sometimes die, a reality not taught in medical school, where success is defined in terms of making people better. Because people often don’t get better and everyone eventually does die, I and many other doctors are made to feel like failures. We do not know what to do with these and other feelings, so most physicians choose to stop feeling. I, however, couldn’t do this.

I was brought up to share and express my feelings. I knew it was self-destructive to put a lid on all of one’s emotions. So I went to workshops to learn how to deal with my pain. At one of them I sat

 

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