For the past several years, us nurses in outpatient surgery at Texas Health Huguley Hospital Fort Worth South have kept an annual tradition of choosing one patient and his or her family to be the recipients of a little extra "TLC" in the form of a gift basket. This last year, the recipient was a patient with myelodysplasia, a disorder of the bone marrow that leaves people chronically and severely anemic. Due to his age, the patient was not a candidate for a bone marrow transplant, which left him with the options of chemotherapy and blood transfusions.
Throughout the whole treatment process, this patient was always upbeat and cheerful during his visits. His wife was always by his side and so pleasant. However, we also noticed the tremendous toll it was taking on them, and how they still managed to share about their faith in God. This is what gave us the idea to make a faith-themed basket for the couple. A little sleuthing led to the discovery that the patient loved popcorn, and his wife enjoyed puzzles. So, on one of their visits we presented them with a basket containing gourmet popcorn, an inspirational movie, a puzzle set featuring Jesus, a gift card to a local restaurant, an arm band for the patient that read "Courage & Strength," and a handcrafted silver pendant for the wife that read "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength."
After the hugs and tears, we prayed together and thanked God that even if our patient did not receive healing on this Earth, he would receive the ultimate healing upon Christ's return. This is why I come to work. This is what Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ looks like to me, and I'm honored to be a part of it.