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Excerpted from Quantum Healing: Exploring the Frontiers of Mind/Body Medicine by Deepak Chopra. Copyright © 1989 by Deepak Chopra. Excerpted by permission of Bantam Books, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.  HTML and web pages copyright © by SpiritSite.com.

"Several times in my medical career I have been privileged to witness miraculous cures."

Deepak Chopra
Quantum Healing
, Part 1

After the Miracle

Several times in my medical career I have been privileged to witness miraculous cures. The most recent began last year when a 32-year-old Indian woman came to see me in my office outside Boston. She sat quietly facing me in a blue silk sari. To keep her composure, she clasped her hands tightly in her lap. Her name was Chitra, she said, and together with her husband, Raman, she ran a neighborhood import store in New York City.

A few months earlier, Chitra had noticed a small lump in her left breast that was sensitive to the touch. She underwent surgery to remove it, but unfortunately the surgeon found that the lump was malignant. When he explored further, he detected that the cancer had spread to her lungs.

After removing the diseased breast and a large portion of tissue around it, Chitra's doctor gave her initial doses of radiation and then Placed her on intensive chemotherapy. This is standard procedure for treating breast cancer and saves many lives. But the lung cancer was going to be much harder to treat; it was obvious to everyone that Chitra was in a very precarious position.

Examining her, I noticed that she was very anxious. When I tried to reassure her, she surprised me with a touching statement: "I don't mind for myself if I have to die, but my husband win be so lonely without me. Sometimes I pretend to be asleep and then sit up all night, just thinking about him. I know Raman loves me, but after I'm gone, he will start seeing American girls. I can't bear to lose him to an American girl." She stopped and looked at me with suffering in her eyes. "I know I shouldn't say that, but I think you understand."

You do not get used to the sorrow that cancer creates, but I felt a deeper sorrow from knowing that time was Chitra's enemy. For the moment, she still looked healthy. She had even managed to hide her disease from her relatives, dreading having to be watched as she wasted away. We both knew it was going to be very bad for her.

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