Feb 2013--Yesterday Linda and I received the news from my prostate biopsy, Adenocarcinoma, Gleason Score 7 (3 +4), tumor length 90% of 14.4mm.
If my health were bad, I could just wait it out, and see what killed me first, cancer or heart disease or dementia. But I decided to opt for optimism, since so many things are going on presently that seem to encourage my continued presence, so I called up the doctor's appointment secretary this morning and told her that I have decided to have the Da Vinci robotic surgery for a prostatectomy.
Linda fixed a nice meal for lunch down at the cabin, by the wood burning stove; green beans, hamburger steak, mashed potatoes, and home made biscuits served with some of Mike Prince's sorghum syrup. It is such a great blessing to be able to live without fear.
Apostle Paul spent a lot of time planning for his own protection, even to the point of being let down in a basket over the city wall to escape from enemies. After many years of concern for his own safely, Paul finally learned to trust in what the Lord provides. What is provided is not always what we want and ask for, but it is always sufficient.
Yes, we prayed for a different diagnosis, but we accept what we have with thanksgiving. God's grace is sufficient. I am blessed to have such a wonderful support group; church, family, friends, and especially my wife Linda.
Good will come from this. Maybe I have been getting too self centered.
2Co 12:8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me.
2Co 12:9 But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2Co 12:10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.