An elderly man goes to the doctor for a checkup and gets bad news.
“You’ve got a rare disease and you’ve only got 6 months to live,” the doc tells him.
The patient is incredulous and tells the doctor he’s going to get a second opinion.
He finds another doctor a few days later and after a battery of tests, this doctor gives him the same bad news.
He is in shock and asks if there’s anything he should do.
The doctor pauses a moment and says,
“Can I give you some non- medical advice?”
“Sure, anything, Doc. I’m desperate! “
“Are you religious? the doctor asks.
“Not at all,” says the patient.
“Well,” says the doctor,
“I encourage you to join the church. Go to every service, get involved with every group and small organisation you can and completely immerse yourself into that religion. I mean, EVERY aspect of it you can.”
The elderly patient perks up and is feeling hopeful.
“Will that extend my life?!”
“No,” says the doctor,
“But it’ll be the longest 6 months you’ve ever had.”