I have completed the second week of my treatment. Overall it has been a good week, however I am starting to feel the effects of the radiation treatment. I can still eat but I know that it won’t be long before it may not be possible to do so.
We had a visit with a speech therapist to help strengthen my ability to swallow. She was most helpful and shared a lot of good information and exercises for me to do this week. We will meet a dietitian some time next week. Most of my week will be filled with radiation and lab work.
My cousin sent me a book to read about a fellow struggler from Amarillo, TX. I feel like I should know the couple since they went to Paramount Baptist. Their story is so familiar to what most families go through when they discover their illness and then reality sinks in. Their faith sustained them through the journey. She reminded me of the verse that came to mean so much to Janette and I when we went through her journey with cancer.
Roman 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit who lives in you.”
The first book I remember reading of someone dealing with cancer was from a pastor and theologian named John Claypool. The book was called “Tracks of a Fellow Struggler” which chronicled the story of his daughter who died with cancer. Bottom line is this, it doesn’t matter if you are a preacher, a CPA, a house wife or a precious little daughter; cancer is not bias as to who it attacks. And all of us will have similar questions and similar paths as we track through the journey.
We must find hope, joy and peace in every situation regardless of our journey. It all begins by trusting in God and that He is in control of every aspect of our life. Learn to listen to the Holy Spirit, He will speak to us and He will comfort us in every situation.