It may sound odd in the middle of a pandemic, but never have I been more thankful than I am now. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, I have also been feeling a lot of other competing emotions like fear, grief and anxiety. Yet right there with me, and quite surprisingly so, is an immense amount … Continue reading Finding gratitude in the middle of a pandemic
One of the first lessons I learned starting out as a young chaplain 23 years ago was to listen. My experienced supervisor assured me that the patients I encounter will be some of the wisest people with whom I’d ever have the privilege of conversing. He was right, and I’ve been listening ever since — … Continue reading 5 lessons cancer patients have taught me about faith
In times of heartache or confusion, empathy can make the difference. I experienced this firsthand when my father was days away from dying. My mother, with great feeling, spoke to my dad’s doctor about how she believed wholeheartedly my dad was going to be healed and come back home with her. The doctor could have … Continue reading Why empathy matters in healthcare
As my 50th birthday is fast approaching, it has me thinking not so much about what the future holds for me, but for my 10-year-old daughter. I wish for my daughter a world with less strife and more understanding. I wish for her a world that has cleaner air to breathe and cleaner water for … Continue reading Why this hospital chaplain swims for cancer research
As you can tell by my title, I’m not a nurse. I would never consider writing an article about what it’s like to be a nurse. As a chaplain that works closely with nurses, however, I see their dedication and skills and sometimes wish I could be more like them. They get tired, but are … Continue reading 12 things nurses wish their patients knew about them
I’m not Burt Reynolds, and I doubt I can ever reach Magnum, P.I. status but I decided again to step up to the plate and raise awareness and money for cancer in men—particularly testicular cancer. Some people swim to raise awareness, others walk or run. I grew a mustache. This November was Movember for me. … Continue reading It’s Movember: Did you man up?