Hospital Chaplain Says, Stop Seeing Yourself As A Disease

“Get down off your cross.”

Harsh words, perhaps, especially when you consider that the one who said them is a longtime hospital chaplain, and the woman she was speaking to had just learned that a year after going through chemotherapy, she was still cancer free.

“Within two minutes, she started retelling the story of her diagnosis, and her surgery, and her chemo, even though as her chaplain I saw her every day,” recounted Debra Jarvis, an ordained minister affectionately known as “The Irreverent Reverend,” during last year’s TEDMED conference. “She was using words like suffering, agony, struggle. And she ended her story with, ‘I felt crucified.’” MORE

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About The Rev. Thomas C. Jackson

Ordained to the priesthood in December, 2010.
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