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Life: Sometimes uneventful and sometimes harrowing

Dr. Drew Werner
Vail CO, Colorado

Life is indeed a journey, at times flat and smooth like driving I-70 through Kansas. The travel passes slowly and rather uneventfully for the most part. The last time I made that trip, my friend Pete was driving (thankfully!) and we saw a looming thunderstorm in the distance. It seemed we would drive into it at any time, but it was hours before the weather turned. The drive seemed endless. Other times the journey changes to a trip through the mountains and passes of Colorado. The road is the same, but each twist and turn often brings something new and unexpected. In the same trip I have hit snow and accidents on Vail pass, clear skies in Eagle and a rock slide in Glenwood Canyon. The time passes quickly, and although exciting, it can be harrowing as well. Truthfully, I am glad my life’s drives take on many different stretches of road.

As many of you might now, the past 10 months for myself, my family and especially my wife Karen has been a lot more like a frightening drive over a dangerous stretch of road. We are sitting here today however, home safely looking out at the still snow-capped peaks after taking an early morning walk. Indeed life is full of miracles.

One of my wonderful patients inspired me to write this column this week. As we talked about the problems she was struggling with, and the difficulties she recently made it through, she said, “you know it could be a lot worse, there are a lot of people who have it harder than I do.”

I remain inspired by her words, and I hope you do too.

While there are far too many names to be named, my wife, family and I are grateful, thankful and in debt to so many. Our doctors, nurses and therapists at Valley View Hospital are fantastic beyond belief. The same can be said for all those who cared for us at The Shaw Cancer Center. We know first hand how many great cooks there are in Eagle for all the dinners and meals we were blessed with when it was just too much for us to do. Our families and friends, neighbors and co workers were always there for us. Even more importantly are the countless prayers we have received.

Please keep them coming, for us and all those in need. I know I will never see a prayer list again without pausing and reflecting on those who are named or nameless.

Healing comes in many forms. Sometimes the hardest part is not in the decision made, but how that care is delivered. Healing comes not just from doctors and nurses though, but from simple things each of you do. With that in mind, I want to share this beautiful poem. The author is unknown, but it can be viewed on the Web set to beautiful photography and music at I have written about it before, but the timing today was made perfect through the inspiration of my patient.

I dreamed I had an interview with God.

“So you would like to interview me?” God asked.

“If you have the time,” I said.

God smiled. “My time is eternity. What questions do you have in mind for me?”

“What surprises you most about humankind?”

God answered …

“That they get bored with childhood, they rush to grow up, and then long to be children again.”

“That they lose their health to make money… and then lose their money to restore their health.”

“That by thinking anxiously about the future, they forget the present, such that they live in neither the present nor the future.”

“That they live as if they will never die, and die as though they had never lived.”

God’s hand took mine and we were silent for a while.

And then I asked …

“As a parent, what are some of life’s lessons you want your children to learn?”

“To learn they cannot make anyone love them. All they can do is let themselves be loved.”

“To learn that it is not good to compare themselves to others.”

“To learn to forgive by practicing forgiveness.”

“To learn that it only takes a few seconds to open profound wounds in those they love, and it can take many years to heal them.”

“To learn that a rich person is not one who has the most, but is one who needs the least.”

“To learn that there are people who love them dearly, but simply have not yet learned how to express or show their feelings.”

“To learn that two people can look at the same thing and see it differently.”

“To learn that it is not enough that they forgive one another, but they must also forgive themselves.”

“Thank you for your time,” I said humbly.

“Is there anything else you would like your children to know?”

God smiled and said, “Just know that I am here… always.”

-Author unknown

Thank you. You are all in our prayers as well.

Let me know what’s on your mind at Remember your health is your responsibility! Health is our greatest asset and it doesn’t happen by accident. If something doesn’t seem right, or questions are left unanswered don’t wait, call your doctor.

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