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Wholistic view of health and illness

Wholistic view of health and illness - He had no hope for a...

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Wholism is defined by the AHNA as a "state of harmony among body, mind, emotions and spirit within an ever-changing environment"(weekly readings, week 1). According to the weekly readings, “Curing is a physical process where the patient shows relief from symptoms. Healing goes beyond the physical to establish a healthy relationship between different aspects of a patient’s self” (week 1) I had not placed any emphasis on the differences between healing and curing until it was mentioned in this chapter. After reading this chapter I have to agree that healing can occur even in the absence of cure. As an oncology nurse I am faced with death on a regular basis. About a year ago I had a male patient who was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer which had metastasized to different parts of the body.
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Unformatted text preview: He had no hope for a cure and was given a few days to live. He had one son whom he had not seen for an extended period of time as he was incarcerated before his illness and had just been sent home under house arrest. His one desire was to see his son and be there to celebrate his sons 18 th birthday. The visit was made possible and his son visited him on his birthday and they made peace with each other. He died within a few hours after his son came with his son at his bedside. Although he was not cured of his cancer he was healed in his soul and I am sure he died a happy man knowing that he had made peace with his son. References South University Online (2011). Wholistic nursing defined. Retrieved July 12, 2011 from http://www.myeclassonline.com...
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