Psychiatrist Dirk de Wachter tells in an interview with the time He has cancer. He already underwent surgery and is now on chemotherapy.
Dirk de Wachter is the author of some popular books Books on the art of living and suffering. He comes from Boom, lives in Antwerp, he also has his own clinic there and is a professor at KU Leuven.
“The cancer diagnosis was totally unexpected,” he says. the time. I had no complaints. It was a blow to the jaw, even for the psychiatrist who is supposed to keep his emotions in check.
Because of the diagnosis, he has to stop working for the first time in 35 years. I have aged several years in the past two months. The process has weakened me a lot. I couldn’t take three more steps. I felt like a man in his nineties. Things have improved a lot: now I feel about seventy. So I’m very busy with regeneration therapy. I hope to feel 61 again soon, my true age.
He also talks about facing death: I didn’t look her in the eye. It is more indirect. I feel it creeping up on me. Breathing cold on my neck sometimes and strengthening my hair. Sometimes an indistinct sense of oblivion from hell overwhelms me. When I’m in the oncology waiting room, or when I put in an IV.
He says that he does not believe in life after death, but because of the situation he cares more about the limitations of life: “The topic of life and death is more sensitive.”