Sunshine after the rain…

Don’t you just love the moments after the rain stops and the sun begins peeking out over the clouds? The sun projects amazing hues of color, the air smells so clean, the dirt is washed from the sidewalks and the roads gleam in the sunlight while birds sing a welcome to their neighbors…

I am blessed to have weathered the storm and am appreciating the sunshine after the rain. Subsequently, I thought I should post an update of current events …

I continue to be cancer-free. October will mark the 2nd year of being cancer-free. According to the oncologist, with this type of cancer, once you are cancer free for one year without signs of it recurring there is a strong likelihood it will never return! This is tremendous news! I continue to be humbled by this blessing and so appreciative of the grace of God that has led me to and through this journey! I’ve learned so much and have grown in my faith and friendships abundantly. None of this would have occurred had I not been sent on this adventure!

I will not be making any additional updates to this blog … however, I will continue to make it available to hopefully encourage anyone going through cancer recovery or anyone touched by cancer. If you have been affected by cancer and need someone to reach out to, please feel free to contact me. My contact information is in the content of this blog. I also have a sister blog that I maintain (turningpositive.com) that focuses on providing encouragement and challenging negative perspectives. I am so thankful for your friendship (whether we have met in person or only online) and your prayers and encouragement as we experienced this journey together and I look forward to meeting back up with you at turningpositive.com. For my friends (both current and future) who may be entering into, or trekking along a similar journey, I continue to pray for recovery, peace, strength, happiness, positivity, and encouragement. It is also my prayer that you know the peace of having Jesus Christ as your personal savior.

It’s my prayer that God will continue to bless you, minister to your specific needs, and encourage you as you encourage others.

In closing, I leave you with the profound words of the apostle Paul,

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all. (2 Thessalonians 3:16)

In encouragement, joy, and most importantly — Love, Jim.

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Clots More Updates

My friends, consider yourselves fortunate when all kinds of trials come your way, for you know that when your faith succeeds in facing such trials, the result is the ability to endure.

James 1:2-3 (NLT)

As usual, I am slow in posting an update but as they say, better late than never. It has been a busy couple of weeks, so this will be a pretty lengthy post.   Continue reading

Clots of Updates

  • “When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.” Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?” The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.”  ‭Matthew‬ ‭8:5-8‬ ‭NIV‬‬
  • http://bible.com/111/mat.8.5-8.niv‬‬

I received another call from the PA at the cancer center letting me know that she had just received the test results from Saturday.  She explained that she didn’t tealize how large the DVT actually was before receiving the ultrasound.   Continue reading

Where’s my baseball glove?  I have some catchup to do. 

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”Romans 12:12 NIV

I know it has been some time since my last update. I could suggest that there really hasn’t been enough newsworthy items to make it worthwhile of your time. In reality though, it is more of a laziness factor than anything else.

The last I left you, I believe I was scheduled for my second PET scan to evaluate the progress of the chemotherapy. Continue reading

Updates …

He who lives in the safe place of the Most High will be in the shadow of the All-powerful. 2 I will say to the Lord, “You are my safe and strong place, my God, in Whom I trust.” 3 For it is He Who takes you away from the trap, and from the killing sickness. 4 He will cover you with His wings. And under His wings you will be safe. He is faithful like a safe-covering and a strong wall.Psalm 91 (NLV)

It has been quite some time since I have updated my blog. I honestly have no legitimate excuse other than laziness. I know they say that chemo causes fatigue and yes, I have definitely experienced some serious fatigue, Continue reading

Playing Catchup

“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.”

Psalm 127:3-5 NIV

It’s been some time since my last post. I’ve been feeling a little under the weather the past week or so but will try to catch everyone up.

Last Tuesday Continue reading

My Rainbow in the Storm

“So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. But for Adam no suitable helper was found. So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.”Genesis 2:20-24 NIV

Something that folks who have not been affected by cancer may not realize is the toll it takes on the loved ones of a cancer patient. Of course, grief and worry exists for the family and friends and that is something, if I could take away, Continue reading