My thanks to everyone for giving me an opportunity to take a break for a few weeks and rest up for what is ahead for me. I’ll start by giving you an update on my situation and what is possibly coming up. I will then begin the Saturday Evening Post anew with covering some topics that have been on my mind over this past year or so.
After spending another week at MD Anderson Clinic in Houston having additional tests mostly in the cardiac area, more blood work, and then a needle biopsy performed on a small lesion that was also discovered on my left adrenal gland. This was to determine if the lesion was benign or malignant. On Friday of last week we discovered that it also was malignant and therefore forced the cancer to be classified as stage 4. And this helps to determine what the chemo treatment plan should be. There is also something that is being researched right now with this rather rare type of cancer. The tissue from the original tumor that is the main source of the cancer. If they find a certain DNA Marker that is only found in this cancer type . If they find in the tumor they have developed a pill treatment that will stop the cancer in its track and it cannot grow any more this main lead to surgical removal in the tumor can be decreased in size with some radiation and chemo.
So here is where we are. We are in town and have started a radiation therapy tremens plan that will continue for 3 weeks. This is being done at the Alliance Radiation Center and being under the direction of Dr. Stanley Clarke. My oncologist, Dr. George Simon, at MDA has recommended this while he continues a very detailed molecular study of the tissue removed from the adrenal gland. This gives us the best chance to have the best chemo plan to put into place. We will return to MD Anderson on September 24, 2019 to get all of the results and the treatment plan he has designed for my situation. I just want you to know that God has been with us through every step we totally trust he is in control. My prayer is that God gets all of the glory for what is going on in our lives.
Now to our topic for this evening. It doesn’t take long when you suddenly are faced with a very difficult set of circumstances that you begin to recognize that God is about to teach you some very important truths through those circumstances and ultimately from His Word. So, as we are facing this some of those things at this point in our life it is our time to learn and pass on what God is teaching us. Tonight we will start with this: Our Trust.
When all of this cancer ordeal began to happen, I remained deaf to the real signs that there was something serious happening. I took the easy way out and assumed that I had a pulled muscle from doing storm damage cleanup at my house and on top of that convinced my regular doctor that ‘s probably what it was. And there could also have been other signs before then that I did not share with my doctors that could have been recognized by the doctors. So what was my problem? Why did I refuse to tell the other doctors everything I knew? Here it is; I hadn’t been trusting God like I should. I was allowing pride to overshadow my faith. My prayer had slipped a little bit along with my daily bible study. To sum it up, I was not where I needed be in my walk with the Lord. But I thank God that when one of His children begins to stray He begins to convict us to the point we understand our failure. We can then sincerely confess our sin to Him with a broken heart. He then forgives us of all unrighteousness and restores our fellowship with Him. He keeps every promise He has ever made to us so we can truly trust Him. And in difficult times we need to stop and make sure where we stand with Him. In my case I didn’t do this alone. I also have some very close Christian friends that held the light for me to see my way back and they had no idea they were doing so. I pray that I never find myself in that place again. I have my total trust in Him and I know that there is nothing too hard for my God.
I look forward to doing a new post next week where I can share something again that God has taught me through this difficult time. To God be the glory!