In just a little while I will have to hit the road for a few days. I’m going back to Pittsburgh for a few doctor appointments and tests at Hillman Cancer Center. This is now a regular part of my life.
I have been clear now for several months, but I go for regular scans to make certain I am still cancer free.
Cancer treatments have come a long way in the past few years… and the breakthroughs that are being made are encouraging. I even read a few months ago that some scientists had found the Achilles Heal for some forms of cancer…
While I don’t think most people still speak in hushed tones about the “C-word”, it is still surreal and sobering to the families who are impacted.
And there seem to be few people who are not affected in one way or another by cancer. I know our family had been. Just six weeks before I was diagnosed, my wife’s father passed away due to complications with his treatment for a rare lymphoma. (He had been in remission for a few years before a recurrence.) And my sisters daughter, Grace, was found to have a massive Wilms’ Tumor before she was one year old. (She is now doing great! And she’s the poster child for Children’s Cancer Foundation in Delaware.)
I found that perspective is vitally important, to both the one with cancer and to those around us. A couple things I think I will always remember, that I want to pass on for anyone facing cancer – either as the patient, or as a friend or family member of someone with cancer:
My father-in-law used to say “Be as nasty to your cancer as your cancer is to you.” I found this to be good advice.
But even more profound, perhaps, is an article by David Powlinson & John Piper titled Don’t Waste Your Cancer offers a wonderful eternal perspective.
I’m gonna’ hit the road now. Any prayers you offer that I remain cancer free are greatly appreciated…
Grace & Peace to you, in Christ Jesus…