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.

Dawn Twilights.

3 thoughts on “Comments”

  1. If only all doctors took the time that the inimitable Dr Belhag takes! Your care, and shining spirit not only are an example to all other doctors as to how a patient should be related to, but you also lift me each time I have an appointment with you.

    (Okay, it took me some time to finally get my registration to work on this site, not sure what went wrong, but that is my failing, apologies for not being on here to write this earlier)

    I finally understand why and what my symptoms are caused by, and the situation physically I find myself in. I never thought that whilst I would meet a doctor with such clarity in diagnosis, I would also discover someone rooted in such a wonderful understanding of our spirituality too. It is a very rare combination, and so refreshing. Medicine is so often misunderstood to be about the technical and physical side of our beings, because that is how it presents itself, those are the mechanics. It is usually the frustrations borne out of diagnoses made based on that singularity of thought which can cause so much frustration through not truly understanding that there is so much more to address before coming to the whole.

    I am starting to ramble, and this was simply meant to be a big thank you. I am looking forward to exploring all of the fascinating levels of The Ponder and adding to my understanding of the spirit. I truly hope everyone else gets the same sense of well-being from your creation and care.

    Best wishes
    Melissa Mailer-Yates

    1. Thanks Melissa very much for your positive and motivating comments. I do agree with you fully that doctors must give more time and attention to their patients and must allocate some time to listen to their patients’ feedback and any concerns.
      We – doctors – need to see our patients as people with illnesses, but not just diseases need to be treated. When we see our patients as human beings we see them clearer and we manage their illnesses in much broader way i. e holistic approach.
      We – as doctors – always talk about diseases such as multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, or even pneumonia, peptic ulcer etc. We are most of the time sadly treating diseases but not managing people with illnesses. No disease exists without a carrier. Hence, we need to see and understand the carrier to get rid of the disease.

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