Marco Deplano from Sardinia, Italy, is a urologist who works as a physician.
Despite being a young doctor he has encountered quite a lot of things in his life due to the nature of his profession.
One day he met an old woman while at work, who left a huge impression on him that he will remember her for the rest of his life.
He decided to share their encounter in a Facebook post, as he was so moved by her words.
Since he posted, it has gone viral if you read on you’ll see why…
This is what his post read:
“Today I received a call to do a consultation in another department.
The usual… It was about a patient with terminal cancer and renal insufficiency due to compression of the ureters.
The woman I met there was between 70 and 80, with carrot-orange hair and flawless pink fingernail polish.
– Good morning, Ma’am. – Good morning to you, Doctor. I looked in her file, did an examination, and repeated the ultrasound.
– Ma’am, your kidneys are struggling: they can’t eliminate urine naturally anymore, so I will need to insert a tube, a kind of valve that bypasses the obstacles. So then you’ll pee into two tubes connected to two bags…
– Excuse me, Dr. That means I’ll have another pouch behind me too?
(She’d already had a colostomy.)
– Yes, Ma’am.
A long silence followed, it felt endless. Finally, she looked up at me smiling.
– Sorry, what’s your name?
– No, your name.
– Marco… what a beautiful name. Do you have a moment?
– Of course, Ma’am.
– You know, I’m already dead. You understand?
– Sorry, no… I don’t.
– I already died 15 years ago. When my 33-year-old son had a heart attack and passed away. I died that day too.
– I’m so sorry.
– I died then, with him. And then I died again ten years ago when they diagnosed me with this disease. But now I don’t have to pretend anymore.
– My children are taken care of, grandchildren too. I want to go join him. What’s the point in living a few extra days with these bags, with suffering and so much work for me and my loved ones?
– I have my dignity. Will you be offended if I don’t want to do anything? I’m tired. I’m ready to entrust myself to the hands of God. Tell me the truth, will I suffer?
– No, Ma’am. You can do whatever you want. But putting two bags…
– Marco, I said no. It’s my life. I’ve decided. If you want something to do, let’s stop the transfusion. Then I can go home and eat ice cream with my grandson.
My defenses were stripped away with each word she spoke.
I forgot my exhaustion, anger and frustration, everything.
I forgot the years of study, the thousands of pages I’d read, the rules, the facts.
I felt naked and disarmed facing this candor, this awareness of death.
So the nurse wouldn’t see my tears I turned around to write in the file.
That’s not usually me. anyone who knows me knows, would say I never cry.
– Marco, does this touch you?
– Yes, a bit, Ma’am. I’m sorry.
– No, it’s nice. Thank you. It makes me feel important. Listen, please do me one other favor. If my children come and shout at you, call me. I’ll tell them to stop. Write that I’m okay. Okay?
– Yes, Ma’am.
– Marco, can I ask you something else?
– You’re special. I know you’ll go far. Give me a kiss, like you would if you were my son — do you mind?
– Of course not.
– I’ll pray for you. And for my son. I hope to see you again.
– Me too. Thank you, Ma’am.
With those simple words she gave me the greatest lesson of my whole life.
There is no need for fear, or anxiety death is the final part of life.
I felt so small there, in front of this magnitude as years of study doesn’t teach you this kind of stuff.
People suffer as part of love, sometimes it even brings more than love itself.
A kind word is often a more powerful cure than any drug.
Regardless you should cherish this journey.”
Your loved ones are so important please Share this post to remind people.
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