I have a huge admiration for humorist Dave Barry who writes for the Miami Herald and has also written quite a few books. One theme that has carried through his books is “I’m not making this up” People write to him and enclose bizarre or funny news items like the town that had a dead beached whale and so they decided to get rid of it using dynamite. It rained bloody chunks of whale for miles. You can’t make stuff like that up.
.This week has been something I could not make up.
You may remember me saying that I decided to start writing this blog again on Tuesday, expecting to simply tell the story of Sam’s journey with his lung cancer, and also back up through my primary optic lymphoma and tell that story, of all the miracles God has done for me. And I will still do that. But, as I said, I decided to start writing this blog again after a 6 year hiatus, on Tuesday.
I had been told, for the third time, that I was in remission. Less than three weeks after I was told that I was in remission, we got the news of Sam’s lung cancer.
Wednesday, I got the news that I was no longer in remission. The cancer has returned to my eyes, and I will be starting shots on Monday.
Friday, I met with a neurologist, who diagnosed me with Parkinson’s disease. I have been having symptoms for a long time, but never put them together to figure out that I have Parkinson’s. The most recent thing was falling – I started falling somewhat often. Sam encouraged me to go online and see what I could learn about the falling. As I searched multiple websites, I realized I was seeing a pattern – many of my symptoms were being repeated over and over – hand and leg tremors, handwriting deteriorating, voice getting softer, mask-like face. I came to suspect that my problem was actually Parkinson’s, and when I went to the neurologist on Friday he agreed and gave me medication to help control the symptoms. It is treatable but not curable (where have I heard that before?) I am hopeful that this medication will be helpful. If not, there are other options.
As I said earlier, this has been quite a week. I’m not making any of this up – I wish I was, it would be a great April Fool joke. But I’m not. What I am doing is very deliberately putting all of this into the hands of Jesus, where it is gently held and lovingly cared for. I choose to believe that. His Word is true. I know that we will face trouble – Jesus told us so. But he had a wonderful addition to that warning.
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33