A strong, self-reliant ranch owner who did not often express his emotions outwardly, had to rush his wife to the hospital: a ruptured appendix. The ensuing operation was successful, but the woman’s condition deteriorated. Despite the blood transfusions and intensive care, she continued to lose strength. The doctors were puzzled because by all medical standards she should have been recovering. They finally were convinced of the reason for her deterioration: she was not trying to get well. The surgeon, an old family friend, went to her and said, “I would think you would want to be strong for John.” She replied, weakly, “John is so strong he doesn’t need anybody.” When the doctor told the husband what she had said,…
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