Wednesday, August 26, 2015


   Charlie got his PET Scan back, it is cancer in his lungs. The doctor told him he would get with another doctor and maybe do a biopsy to see if it is the fast kind, or the slow kind. Either way though, surgery is not an option, it is too advanced.

  Throat cancer can follow what they call "the tree", that is the brain, throat, lungs. So while Charlie's throat cancer is gone (I think), his cancer isn't. It has just migrated. We've lost several in or family to cancer and it has been our experience that when it comes back after chemo and radiation, there is little to no resistance. As the doctor explained to me before my treatments started, "It like dropping a nuclear bomb on a battlefield. It kills the enemy but also kills the good guys too."

  Please remember Charlie in your prayers.


David said...

Hello Anthony,

I don't know if I mentioned this before, but your posts reminded me of a quote from Indiana Jones (rough translation)

"There comes a point where life stops giving and starts taking away".

As we age we are reminded of that more and more frequently. It is these times where we need to lean on our Faith more than ever because, quite simply, it is in no way fair. It isn't fair to see loved ones get sick. To see friends pass away. It hurts. It's excruciating and it makes you wonder what the point of life is when it all ends anyway and pain becomes more and more frequent.

I am truly sorry to hear about your friends from UPS, and to hear about Charlie. These things aren't fair. They simply aren't. But I pray they take solace that the Lord would not will not (and would not have) allowed them to be taken unless it was their time. It is, at times, a shallow conciliation, I completely agree. But we are all children of the Lord and when we pass we will understand the joy of what that truly means. As you said yourself, you are happy for the ones that are gone, and saddened for the ones still living without them.

You have a unique perspective, Anthony. Being faced with death. You know in your heart it is nothing to be feared. Maybe it is times like these that your experience can give true comfort to the ones riddled with fear and doubt when loss confronts them.

Lastly, good luck with your boat! I hope you enjoy it and get some good use out of it. Life is short and getting some fishing in should always be a priority. :)

Anonymous said...

Read The Lotus Sutra, best English version by Burton Watson, it is about The Mystic Law of Cause and Effect an that means all people are responsible for their thoughts, actions and deeds.

anthony7 said...

Thank you David for the thoughtful kind words. I believe it is faith which we live on, or at least I do, knowing one day we will return back to our true home. It is hard to watch as one feels helpless and fairly useless at times watching family and friends slowly die. I wrote something a long time ago that I think was taken wrong, perhaps I said it wrong, and was picked up by one in the spotlight. I said I learned to be still and know that God is God. I'm not sure if I wrote that on one of my sites or somewhere else, but apparently I must have stopped along the way. It was said that God as saying He would fight the battles, which oddly enough that is what I meant. God is in charge and though I know not His ways, I know His purposes are for us. There comes that time when one has gone as far as one can go and realizes that everything is, and always has been, in God's hands. I'd be lying if I said I haven't tossed my hands in the air and questioned what this is all for. Or that I understand to this day why we must have strife in this life, I don't understand, but He does. That is good enough for me as He has never failed me even though I have failed Him.

I got a little wordy there, sorry. Maybe it is the time allotted to reconnect with God for the afflicted. Maybe it is easier to let them go because you know their suffering is over. I know when a loved one is taken suddenly it is so much harder to let go. I know with dad I had the time to thank him and my biological dad I hear him say I love you and I told him I love you, and how good a man I know he is. God was merciful and allowed this.

anthony7 said...

Anonymous, thank you for the suggestion. I looked it up and know this was done with love. I am Christian by faith but I enjoy reading anything of peace and kindness. Peace

lovey miller said...

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anthony7 said...

Lovey Miller, I look forward to a day when all cancers will be looked back upon as a disease who's time has past. God Bless.