We are told that people need to “fight cancer” and that people with long-term diseases should pray fervently and “never give up hope” because God may deliver a miracle. But is that true?
At the time they received their colostomy, some patients were told that the
colostomy was reversible — that they would undergo a second operation to
reconnect their bowels after several months. Others were told that the
colostomy was permanent and that they would never have normal bowel function
again. The second group — the one without hope — reported being happier over
the next six months than those with reversible colostomies.
“We think they were happier because they got on with their lives. They
realized the cards they were dealt, and recognized that they had no choice but
to play with those cards,” says Ubel, who is also a professor in the
Department of Internal Medicine.