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91. When You’ve Got Your Health, You've Got Everything
Hannah’s daddy was a teacher who barely made
money to raise his six kids. Hannah wore
-me-downs from her older sisters. For Christmas she usually
used dolls and books. As a child, she
to have the beautiful clothes, cars, and homes
she often saw on TV and in magazines.
years after she graduated from college, she became
-owner of a successful interior decorating business in Manhattan.
life became what she had dreamed about as
little girl. A successful business woman, she had
handsome, wealthy fiancé. She owned her own co-op
Central Park. She took skiing vacations in the
and exotic cruises in the summer. At the
of 30, Hannah was on top of the
Then she underwent a routine health checkup, and
perfect world crumbled. Her doctor told her that
had pancreatic cancer. Surgery was necessary to determine
much the cancer had spread. Hannah was operated
a week later. The surgeon suspected that cancer
spread to vital organs. Ten days later, the
confirmed his suspicions.
Hannah’s doctor said he could
her with chemotherapy and painkillers, but it was
a matter of time before the cancer killed
. She asked how much time. He guessed that
had less than a year to live. How
this be, Hannah wondered. Doesn’t this always happen
A couple of weeks later, she
another cancer specialist. He examined her and read
medical and lab reports. He said he agreed
her surgeon. “If you have any once-in-a-lifetime plans,
them now,” he advised.
Instead, Hannah spent her
months in her co-op, tended to by hospice
. Her family and friends visited her regularly. The
before she died, she opened her eyes and
to say something to her fiancé. She squeezed
“She was in constant pain,” her
said. “At the end, she could barely whisper.
weighed 80 pounds when she died. I can’t
that God allows things like this to happen