In May of 2016, my wife and I stood in the doctor’s office together as I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Prostate Cancer. Tests showed the cancer had spread from my prostate into my bladder and into my lymph nodes. I looked at Vickie and told her we would never ask “why me?’ and we would lay this at the feet of God. Our only prayer was that God would use us in any way that He decided. We immediately found peace with the diagnosis and our decision to give it to God. And so, the journey began…
I spoke with my Doctor at the City of Hope and he told me that anything was possible with modern medicine and the help of God! We instantly knew we were on the right track! I underwent 6 months of chemotherapy and I will continue to receive monthly Lupron injections to “manage” the cancer. We have had numerous setbacks, but each setback was accompanied by a lesson and a gift from God. He has allowed us to touch so many people’s lives, who have in turn touched our lives! We understand that this cancer has changed our life forever, but we are determined to stand and proclaim God’s name in the face of the storm!
I realize that our journey is not about ME and it is not about cancer! Our journey is about the grace of God and the peace that can be found when we fully give our lives to Him and understand that this is all a part of His master plan! Although the cancer has broken me down “physically”, God has built me stronger both “mentally” and “spiritually!” He has allowed me to see and hear things in life that I had never noticed before! My marriage has become stronger, my family has become stronger, my friends have become stronger and my faith in God has reached a height that I never knew existed! As Philippians 4:13 states, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me!”