Cancer Changes Everything

Posted: November 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

I hope this blog has been a funny way to give you a transparent window view into my life and my faith. Today will be transparent, but not funny.

Sunday night I had just got home from a board gaming convention to hear the news that my Mom was diagnosed with stage 3 Peritoneal Cancer while I was gone and was having emergency surgery the next day to remove the tumors.

After the sleepless and food-less night, I was drawn to one of my favorite promises given to us in his Word.

Proverbs 3:5

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.

God has a plan. He is good. All the time. Whether we can see it, understand it, how, why, or not. It’s true. Sometimes our feeble minds can’t wrap our heads around how God can be good in a time like this. We aren’t always supposed to understand it until later, and sometimes never. Or at least during this lifetime.

The reason why our God is hard to believe sometimes is because He is …..well…unbelievable! Who wants to believe in a God that is believable? One that we can put in a box and understand all his ways? Not me!

God has a way of drawing us towards him when we are further from Him than He would like. He tries to get our attention but we go on our merry ways like usual. Sometimes it takes something as serious as this to get our attention, to bring family closer together as we always should be, and closer to Him which he longs for so bad because he is our heavenly Father and he loves us so dearly just like you love your kids.

Before being wheeled in, my Mom essentially said that her motto for life is as follows:

Matthew 5:14 – 16

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Here’s a picture of my mom in good spirits right before she went into surgery.


  1. Gary says:

    Very well written, my friend! Such difficult times, bring us to a dependancy on our Lord like no other. He so loves us and I know He is doing such an amazing work through all of this. Prayers continue for Kathy as I know she is still is still facing an enduring battle with starting chemo treatments. May God only continue to strengthen and bring peace in her heart of perseverance. Without a doubt, His hand is upon her life, with such a blessed future ahead to look forward to. May your family only come to grow even closer and stronger in this challenging time as I believe your best times shared are yet to come.

    Isaiah 55:8 (NIV)
    8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,”
    declares the Lord.

    2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (MSG) “So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever”.

    My thoughts and prayers continue to reside with you and your dear family.
    Your friend, Gary

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