“You have cancer”. 3 words everyone fears. 3 words that can consume your life. 3 words that make you look at everything around you differently. We have been navigating those 3 words since September of 2018 when I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon Cancer. I had been having intestinal issues for a short time. Medications, test, etc. were performed. A colonoscopy was scheduled on August 31, 2018, to rule out any problems in the colon. Well, instead of ruling it out, the scope found a tumor and the cancer had already spread to the kidneys, liver, and tissues around the intestines. Later it would make it to the Lungs.
How do you feel knowing that barring a miracle healing the disease that is ravaging your body and the treatment that comes with its own set of problems is eventually going to take your life? 2–3 years possibly.
My wife and I are learning so much about cancer, our life goals, God’s faithfulness, and His mercies that are new every morning! We have an adjusted view of what is important and are taking a practical faith-filled approach to the future.
Presently, I am on disability from work to focus on health, family and faith. Not looking to preach here but would like to know how others deal with this dreadful disease. For me, faith has been a major anchor. I am presently looking to connect with people who have cancer or other life changing diseases. One way I am doing this is through a website I have put together. For those who are interested, here it is: https://myovercomers.com/
Caregivers often have a more difficult job I believe, than the one who is terminally ill. My wife has changed careers so she could stay home and care for me. You will see this on the website. She makes Folded Book Art to encourage and inspire hope. She did this so she could be with me when I am having a bad evening and not able to do much. In a nutshell, that is my journey presently. Below is one of my favorite passages from the Bible.
II Corinthians 4:17–18 says: “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So, we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
I invite you to journey with us as we face the fears, blessings, anger, sadness, hope, heaviness, happiness, and everything in between!