Turn to Jesus Christ, Who Gives Life Its Meaning

Turn to Jesus Christ, Who Gives Life Its Meaning May 13, 2017

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I am having surgery Monday. I wrote about it for the National Catholic Register.

I am having surgery next Monday to learn whether or not my cancer has spread.

Docs in movies know what is wrong and what to do about it at jump street. Or, if they don’t get it at first glance, they engage in heroics and ultimately figure it out.

Movie medicine has nothing to do with real-life medicine as I have experienced it this past year and a half. Cancer diagnosis is more like playing a game of Clue. The “diagnosis” changes at each office visit, and in my case, it tends to slide downhill with each new reveal.

Take my current situation as a for-instance. I went through a hard week of thinking the cancer had spread, only to be told that — hooray! — “It” was benign. Then, after a wonderful weekend of thinking I was ok, my main doc called and said, “This report doesn’t make sense.”

I went back in and, after looking at the possibilities, we decided to go in, and get the thing. It was the only way to be sure.

My doc’s concerns were simple. This thing is big, and it’s growing. It’s growing fast. Three months ago, it wasn’t there. Then, three weeks ago, it was 2 centimeters. Now, it’s — I know this from checking it quite a lot — obviously bigger still. It’s gotten big enough that I can see it through the skin when I look in the mirror.

The diagnosis on that report does not jibe with those facts. Given my personal history the cancer possibility is too real to ignore.

She offered me the old “we could watch it” solution, but I demurred. I mean, “watch it” do what? I think she knew, after dealing with me for so long now, what I would decide. Let’s get the thing out of there. I want to know if I can walk away from this and live for a while, or if I’m looking at advanced cancer. (Read the rest here.)


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10 responses to “Turn to Jesus Christ, Who Gives Life Its Meaning”

  1. I like many will pray but each of us is the Biblical Rebecca who chose and thus loved a far off, heard about only…person she did not see…Isaac. And later from a distance across a field, she knows him…and asks…” who is that man”. And what does the NT say to each of us? “Him though you have not seen you love”…Your very name is about each of us and the miracle of faith and of loving the Spouse who we Christians have not seen. Genesis 24 is your key if the worst happens. Rebecca’s family men say to her in regard to this far off spouse…” Will you go?”. She says in return, “I will go.” Genesis 24 might be my favorite in all the OT and I read the whole Bible.

  2. Have been checking at least once a week to see if you were back yet—and today I’m glad I checked today, but sorry to hear of yet more surgery—but a necessary one. I think about you daily—and today extra time and sending all the love and positive thoughts for rapid healing and stopping the cancer that has tried to take you down!

  3. From your article:

    Life without Christ is meaningless. Dying without Christ is hopeless.

    I’m reminded of a quote from Dan Barker, that I think fits this very well:

    Asking “If there is no God what is the purpose of life?” is like asking “If there is no master, whose slave shall I be?”

    Purpose is something we give ourselves, rather than being something that is given to us. I, as an atheist, have plenty of purpose in my life, but none of it was dictated to me by anyone. I simply find no reason to believe that there is anything other than subjective purpose to my life. That doesn’t make it bleak, or meaningless.

    Throughout this illness, my recurrent prayer has been “You’re going to have to help me Lord. I can’t do this without you.”

    I’ll admit that I don’t know your specific life situation, but I can say that I’ve known others who have gone through the kinds of things you are. You’re probably much stronger than you think, and you don’t give enough credit to yourself.

    Life is full of setbacks and challenges that we must face, but remember that most of us don’t have to do it alone. We all have my family, friends, and other loved ones, who want to help us through our challenges.

    I wish you the best!

  4. I am praying for you, Rebecca. Just read your piece in NCR, where you beautifully expressed one of the most profound truths of Christianity: “You are not a biological entity that simply breathes, eats, produces young of your kind, dies, and rots. That is the lie of those who fear the consequences of belief. It is the zeitgeist of our times; the nihilistic lie that we are meaningless, purposeless entities and that nothing we do matters. The truth is that everything we do matters. Our lives have meaning of eternal scope. God is infinite….[T]hrough Him…we transcend this life while we are in it….All we have to do is, in the words of Scripture, ‘Cease striving and know that I am God.'” Thank you, and God bless you with peace and hope.

  5. Just a quick “Hi!” to let you know when you are able to return to us here at Public Catholic, that I have been thinking about you and sending love and hugs. Blessings!

  6. Good Morning, Rebecca, (at least I hope it is). Just wanted to check in and leave a message. I realize you have much more important things to deal with right now. Miss you and think of you often. Continuing to send positive thoughts your way.