Thursday, December 14, 2017

Where is Prostate Cancer Taking You?

As aging has a diminishing effect on almost every part of my life (moving me from weary to wearier) and limiting the things I do. (Like avoiding long distance driving at night.) 
I've endured more than a dozen surgeries. I've had three organs removed. (One of them my prostate, and a new one put in. (A penile implant.)

I find this devotional provides me with a different perspective. It's wonderful and reassuring to know that I'm also moving from "strength to strength." God's Word often changes our perspective for the better. Case and point here:

Psalm 84:7
They go from strength to strength.

.........That is, they grow stronger and stronger. Usually, if we are walking, we go from strength to weakness; we start fresh and in good order for our journey, but by-and-by the road is rough, and the sun is hot, we sit down by the wayside, and then again painfully pursue our weary way. 

But the Christian pilgrim having obtained fresh supplies of grace, is as vigorous after years of toilsome travel and struggle as when he first set out. 

He may not be quite so elate and buoyant, nor perhaps quite so hot and hasty in his zeal as he once was, but he is much stronger in all that constitutes real power, and travels, if more slowly, far more surely. 

Some gray-haired veterans have been as firm in their grasp of truth, and as zealous in diffusing it, as they were in their younger days; but, alas, it must be confessed it is often otherwise, for the love of many waxes cold and iniquity abounds, but this is their own sin and not the fault of the promise which still holds good: 

"The youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint." Fretful spirits sit down and trouble themselves about the future.

"Alas!" say they, "we go from affliction to affliction." Very true, O thou of little faith, but then thou goest from strength to strength also. 

Thou shalt never find a bundle of affliction which has not bound up in the midst of it sufficient grace. God will give the strength of ripe manhood with the burden allotted to full-grown shoulders.

-Charles Spurgeon -

How has your faith made a difference in way you live your life as a cancer survivor? Paradoxically as I move from "weary to wearier" I'm also moving from "strength to strength." 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Don't Let Cancer or Unwanted Change Ruin Your Holiday

I believe most of us want to experience a Hallmark holiday when celebrating Christmas or Chanukah. Unfortunately, the tragedies of unwanted change and loss often intrude to rob us of our joy. If we decide to judge our grief or ourselves for grieving we add to our suffering and misery.

As a PC survivor I've learned it's important to make room for everything you feel during the holidays, be that sorrow, grief, loss, disappointment, etc. Whatever it is, acknowledge it and make room for it, not as an unwelcome interruption, but rather as part of your life circumstances and personal history. 

It's also important to find things to be grateful for. This may require time and effort but it's a fruitful, worthwhile, and healthy activity.

Give up trying to experience a Hallmark holiday and live the one you have,  accepting the good and the bad, the joy and the sorrow that comes with living in this world. I'd also recommend adding some humor to the season, find some things that make you laugh.

Last but not least, find a way to bless or bring joy to someone else. Add these things to your holiday celebration and you'll have a genuine, life affirming holiday.

Friday, December 8, 2017

What To Do When the Misery of Prostate Cancer Won't End

If the misery of prostate cancer, or the treatment of cancer, impacts your every waking moment here's what you can to do:
Visit this link at Prostate Cancer News Today. When The Misery of Prostate Cancer Won't End.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Don't Let Prostate Cancer Steal Your Joy

I received a present that cost the sender nothing to send. It's so valuable to me that I would trade it for a million dollars. If you're coping with cancer this holiday season, you'll want to read this article titled: Don't Let Prostate Cancer Steal Your Joy This Holiday Season published in Prostate Cancer News Today.

Friday, November 17, 2017

What You Believe About Death & Dying Affects How You Live

When I asked prostate cancer survivors how often they thought about death and dying their answers surprised me. I've concluded the thoughts you have about death and dying affect the way you'll live out the rest of your life.
Here's the link to the article I published in Prostate Cancer News Today

Friday, November 3, 2017

The Fearcist Battle With Cancer Usually Occurs After Treatment

For many cancer survivors (myself included) the fiercest battle with cancer occurs after treatment is completed. Here's why:

Friday, October 27, 2017

Prostate Cancer Survivorship Impacts My Grandparenting

Prostate cancer survivorship has an impact on every role in my life. I was surprised it touches the way I think, feel, and act, as a grandparent. How I comfort myself and others in the face of unwanted changes and loss was impacted as well.
Check out my new blog at Prostate Cancer News Today.