COMMENT FROM DAWN
Dear Dr Belhag . . . .
Thankyou for writing such an honest and inspirational website. It is refreshing and unusual to see a spiritual element discussed alongside illnesses in such a positive way. It can be difficult to understand and fathom where God is or at work in illnesses whether physical or psychological and one that I have struggled to answer for many years through my work and own personal journey. But like you I do believe in God, and have my faith and trust that God has plans,purposes, destinies and divine appointments in this life despite all my disappointments.
It was quite amazing that I stumbled across your pages, was reading them with great enthusiasm without actually realising it was your work. Of course once I realised it made me smile as how you describe how neurologists should be with patients is 100% true for you. Being a patient has given me a completely different experience of healthcare and has really opened my eyes to the importance of communication. What people say really matters, and how it is said really matters too! In my last visit to you I walked into the hospital and walked past probably 50 patients and staff…no one smiled! I thought I wonder how long it will be til I see someone smile.. It took about 35 mins. You were the only person that smiled at me. I hope that in the future I can remember that when I deal with my patients and families.
Thankyou for all your care it has been greatly appreciated. I hope that you will continue to write some more inspirational thoughts when you have time as it is a truly refreshing perspective.