Survival from Illness

hospital is brief moments of fear interspersing long periods of boredom and pain

It’s my fourth day in hospital with kidney problems.

I see an oncologist tomorrow, I think it’s just routine.  It’s also very scary

But, if I get though all this with my health intact, it will be a supreme and liberating experience for me; annulling routine expectations, providing new contexts and challenges, widening my horizons and opportunities.  I believe that this scary episode is testing my abilities, nourishing my honesty, individuality, stoicism, irony, humour, fortitude, humility, and the complexity of my character.  I hope I come out of this a much better person.

Above all this is a reminder of the shortness of our lives, and that I should make the most of what is left of mine.

Instead of being scared, stressed, and depressed, I should try to look on the bright side of things with humour and humility.


Jack Collier

This picture helps me feel calm and peaceful

19 responses

  1. You say you should try to look on things with humour and humility rather than feeling scared and stressed … but Jack, feelings are what they are. We can alter how we respond … externally … the face we put on for the world. But feelings just are … they are neither right nor wrong, but simply are. I’m not saying you should give in to your feelings and sit around crying and grumbling all the time, but … don’t try to ignore that you feel scared, angry, hurt … it’s natural for humans and you, my friend, are human. Now get well quickly and get the heck out of the hospital! Is Marmaduke there with you, I hope? Big hugs, dear Jack. ❤


  2. It’s a beautiful picture of renewal and hope. Keep your positivity and sense of humour, it will be over soon. 🌻


  3. Praying for your full recovery JC

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    1. Thanks Sweetheart 🌹


  4. Always here Jack feel better ❤

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    1. Thank you for everything Angel 🌹

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  5. That’s right Jack, think positive. It really does work. When I worked as a waitress I remember complaining to my coworkers about how high my electric bill was. And he said, “but you where not cold”. I just starred at him. I complained about the bill and not about how comfortable I was. I did not see the bright side nor did I look at the bill in a positive manner. Jack you will be better. I believe that. Now you believe that. You think positive and it shall be so. Be well Jack

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    1. Rather light one candle than bemoan the darkness. ❤
      Thank you Sweetheart ❤ 😉

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  6. Jack I am rooting and praying for you! I an here if you need to me..angel xoxo

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    1. Thank you Angel. I will e-mail if I feel up to it. ❤ ❤ ❤

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  7. A great assessment for a challenging time. 🌹💐

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    1. Thank you Jan, I’ve had a lot of time to think, trapped in this hospital bed. ❤

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  8. Excellent post, Jack! You are getting well!

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    1. Thank you, I hope so. ❤

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  9. Thank you ever so 🌹


  10. Thinking of you and hoping everything will be okay.

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    1. Thank you ever so ~ I hope everything will be OK too. ❤

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