I turned on the radio and sang along

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Boring news. The doctors didn’t find anything wrong and told me to come back in April for the next check up! That’s the word we’ve all been hoping and praying for. Both the oncologist and radiologists said that I’ve made great progress in the six months since surgery.

Myxoid Lipo-Sarcoma is a fairly rare form of cancer. While there are no signs of it now, the danger is its potential for of recurring. Rather than talking about a cure, we have to keep watching closely, and I have to learn to live with that degree of uncertainty. I can let it drive me crazy, or I can wake up each day and thank God for the gift and try to make the most out of it. I was certainly filled with lots of gratitude today.

While eating breakfast and reading the paper, I got to meet bishop Quinn, who came to the parish for the Holy Day mass at the parish High School. He promised to remember me in his prayers, so I felt a special blessing to start the day. For the Immaculate Conception Holy Day I concelebrated the noon mass in the parish which drew a good crowd. South Dakota is a small state and afterward several people with roots there came up to me to chat. One has an aunt in Chamberlain that I know well. Another attended a funeral of a relative in Stephan, and we realized we had met there before. Small world.

I left for Sioux Falls late in the afternoon after my last consultation.  I again spent some drive time in prayer, thankful for the doctors, medicine, and prayers and support of so many people. Then I turned on the radio and sang along with all the songs I knew with lots of joy and gusto as the miles passed quickly by.

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6 thoughts on “I turned on the radio and sang along”

  1. In my Jesus Calling devotional for yesterday He said “Let Me lead you step by step through this day. If your primary focus is on Me, you can walk along perilous paths without being afraid. Eventually, you will learn to relax and enjoy the adventure of our journey together. As long as you stay close to Me, My sovereign Presence protects you where ever you go.” I know this is preaching to the choir, Father Stephen, but I was just moved to share this with you.
    God Bless
    Ann Short

  2. What good news. I’m so glad you had good test results. You remain in my prayers.

    Merry Christmas Father.

    Theresa
    Winter Haven, FL

  3. That is awesome news Fr. Steve…Yes, living with this hanging there is hard to do. But, He doesn’t promise us tomorrow..only today. So, I try to live each day as if it might be the last. It makes things like the Christmas season so much sweeter.

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