Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A Personal Note


During the past several weeks I have been experiencing vision problems.  My wife finally insisted I visit the eye doctor.   After an examination the Doctor said there was nothing wrong with my eyes.  I visited my family doctor.  He said I needed to get an MRI at the hospital.  That was followed up by a CT scan.  The results were shocking. I have a tumor on the part of my brain that controls vision.  I also have several other tumors in my brain.  I have a cancerous mass on my lung and another tumor in my back.  I also have several tumors in my lymph nodes.  I am scheduled to go to the Cancer Center on October 3rd for an evaluation.  At that time they will decide whether to get treatment – or not.  I have been through several stages this week.  My first was denial.  I just knew they were wrong.  I couldn’t have cancer.  Not Me.  Then there was anger.  Why God?  Why did you let this happen to me?  Then there was self pity.  I cried.  I cried some more and some more.  Finally there was acceptance.  I accepted the fact that I have cancer and I have turned it all over to God.  God has walked with me over my 70 years.  I didn’t realize He was there for the first 10 years, but He was by my side.  He is by my side now.  Please pray for my recovery and pray for my wife.  She is devastated.  We have no children.  We have outlived the other members of our family.  If God calls me home she will not be alone.  God will be by her side.  Thank you for your prayers.

81 comments:

www.brusharbormanna.blogspot.com said...

John I'm sorry to hear about the cancer. I'm glad to know that you are a servant of the most high God so no matter what the outcome of this will be you will have the Lord. I will most certainly pray for your wife and you also John. I feel a kindred spirit with you and have every since I started to read your articles. I pray that God's Will will be done in your life. Always a friend and a brother in the Lord!

JT said...

Brush Harbor Manna - Thank you for your comment and for your Prayers. God bless you.

Gorges Smythe said...

I'll be praying for you, JT, and so will a lot of other folks.

jel said...

ya both are in our thoughts and prayers!

kymber said...

Gorges Smythe sent me here...i will definitely add you and yours to our family prayers. chin up - you can get through this.

Penny said...

I'm also here because of Gorges, and I will be praying as well!

Angela said...

I'm here because of Gorges too. I remember the day that I found out I had breast cancer. It was so shocking. I went through everything you said you went through. It was a scary thing to have happen. I'm 44, married and have 2 kids. The Lord really took care of me during my time of great need. He even got me to the right surgeon who has taken great care of me. I can see the annointing on my doctor! I had surgery in March of this year and I'm cancer free. I've heard great things about the Cancer Centers of America. My daughter's friend's mother had breast cancer that was so bad that the doctors here said they couldn't do anything. She went there and had chemo and radiation and she is cancer free. It seems that cancer is everywhere now and just about everyone either knows someone with it or they have it or have had it themselves. My cousin's 17 year old son had 2 tumors on his brain and 1 on his spine. He went through a lot of treatments and surgery and he too is cancer free! Praise God for his healing touch! I will pray that the Lord touches you and heals you too!

buddeshepherd said...

I've follow when your Monkey'n Around but saw this news on Gorges Grouse.
Have had similar experiences with family and neighbors recently. It is always a shocker when you find something like this out.
My prayers and sympathies are with you. Enjoy your writing and wish you the best.

Ken said...

JT,
I am sorry to hear of your cancer. I will lift you and your wife up in prayer.
Ken

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

I am here through Gorges Grouse. Sending prayers for you and your wife.

JMD said...

JT,

I also have had the diagnosis of cancer, twice and can identify with the range of emotions you have felt. I am now 5 years out from my last treatment.

Be assured both my husband and myself will be praying for you and your wife.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Peace to you,

Craig - Montana Bushcraft said...

You are in my thoughts and prayers.

JaneofVirginia said...

Prayers being said for you. Gorges sent me also. Take good care.

Child of God said...

Hi JT,
I am praying!! I promise you I will pray often and not stop. You have blessed me so much with you posts, please keep on posting as you feel led.

I will be praying from a point of healing and claiming the promises of Jesus and His work on the cross.

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JT said...

Gorges Smythe - Thank you for the comment and thank you for the prayers. May God bless you and yours. I am not sure when I will make another post to my blog. It is in God's hands.

JT said...

el - Thanks for your comment and thank you for your prayers. May God bless you.

JT said...

Kymber - Thank you for your comment and thank you for your prayers. May God bless you.

JT said...

Penny - Thanks for your comment and thanks for your prayers. I have been reading Gorges' blog for a long time. He's a good man. May God bless you.

JT said...

Angela - Thanks for your comment and thanks for your prayers. You give me hope. God bless you and keep you.

JT said...

Buddeshepherd - Thanks for your comment and your prayers. May God bless you and yours.

JT said...

Ken - Thanks for your comment and your prayers. God bless you.

JT said...

Kathy - Thanks for your comment and prayers. Thank God for Gorges. He is a good man and I enjoy reading his blog. God bless you.

JT said...

JMD - Thanks for your comment and thank you for your prayers. God bless you and your husband.

JT said...

Craig - Thanks for your comment and thanks for your prayers. God bless you.

JT said...

Jane - Thanks for your comment and thanks for your prayers. May God bless you and yours.

JT said...

Child of God - Thanks for your comment and your prayers. You have been on my prayer list for a long time. I am to go to the cancer denter on Oct 3rd. I don't know when I will be able to make another post. With God's blessings I hope it will be soon. God bless you.

Child of God said...

Hi JT,
Whether you post again or not, I will be faithful in praying and will up hold your wife.

Blessings dear brother,
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Karen Kyle Ericson said...

I'm so sorry JT. I'll be praying for both of you. Wow sometimes stuff just comes in a downpour. May God bless you and your wife.

JT said...

Karen - Thanks for your comments and prayers. God bless you.

Manturity said...

Stay strong brother and stay with Christ. All things happen for a reason. My prayers and thoughts are with you all.

JT said...

Manturity - Thanks for your comment and thank you for your prayers. God bless you.

JT said...

Child of God - I will post again. God will take care of me. He belongs to me and I belong to Him. God bless you.

Never Forsaken said...

I am so sorry to hear this dear JT.
I have a friend who is 16 years your senior who has overcome cancer and open heart surgery and now going through cancer once again...What I have learned from this Christian man is to never give up...God holds our futures in the palm of his hand. I will pray for you and your dear wife.

Remember 2 Corinthians 12:9
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
~God Bless~ Lisa

JT said...

Lisa - Thanks for your comment. Thank you for your prayers. May God bless you.

jel said...

hi JT,
came by to see how ya both are doing!

JT said...

Jel-So far I have had 5 radiation treatments on my brain, chest and back. That is the tumors. The cancer that is in my lung has not been treated yet. I had a Bioposy of the cancer and they will determine the type of chemo to use when the results are available. I think it will be Tuesday the 16th.
God has it all under control. I don't really feel bad. I am in His hands. That you for your prayers. God bless you.

Child of God said...

Hi JT,
I'm just stopping by to say HI and to let you know I am covering you and your dear wife in prayer often.

Jeremiah 17:14 NKJV Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; Save me, and I shall be saved, For You are my praise.

Praying and praying brother,
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JT said...

Child of God - Thanks for your comment. Thank you for the prayers and the Verse. We are still trusting in the Lord our God and we have the faith to get us through. God bless you.

Loci B. Lenar said...

JT, my prayers are with you. May Our Heavenly Father bless you with His healing grace and set you free from all cancer and sickness. I ask this in the name of Jesus.

Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours."

I will add your name for prayer support on my website, http://www.christian-miracles.com/apps/prayers/

God bless,
Loci B. Lenar

JT said...

Loci B. Lenar - Thanks for your comments and your prayers. Thank you for adding me to your prayer list. God is my Great Physician and He has already touched my body. God bless you.

Child of God said...

Hi JT,
Stopping in to let you know I am thinking about you and praying for you. I hope treatment is going well and you are not too sick.

May I put up a post for a request for prayer for you? And may I put up a request on my prayer page? Feel free to say no, I just want to make sure you are getting lots of prayer cover.

Exodus 23:25
But you shall serve the LORD your God, and He will bless your bread and your water; and I will remove sickness from your midst.

Praying for you brother. :)
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JT said...

Child of God - Please add me to any Prayer List. Prayer is Powerful. God bless you.

Child of God said...

Thank you, I will put up a post soon.
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Starry Dawn said...

Hi John,
I let you know that you have blessed me so much with your wonderful posts.
I pray for the healing power of God to reveal Himself in you with His Almighty Power.
I am so sorry to hear that you are ill, my brother in the Lord. You are a great child of God, and Jesus will never leave you alone. You see, I'll tell you a story...
Over 10 years ago, I was diagnosed with a tumor in my right ovary. I was on denial, I did not believe that these things could happen to me. So, I let it go without treatment, and pray for God's healings. One day, in October of 2008, I was led to the Emergency Surgery Room for a general surgery to remove the giant tumor in my lower abdomen. Medical Doctors removed everything in there, including my Messenterium. Doctors said to me that I was going to die, because the giant massive tumor would eventually explote inside of me. I was really dying, my dear friend. I had Ovarian Cancer. Doctors said that it was a miracle that the tumor did not spread to other parts of my body, because I did not want any treatment for it when it was first diagnosed to me in the year 2000 or so. I did not pay any attention to serious warnings that they had said to me. I did not believe in the doctors. I thought they were a bunch of liars. I trusted God with all my heart that if He put me throught it, He would let me out of that situation in a safe way. God wants us to serve Him in this world. So, we are messengers for the Lord, and He won't let us go just like that. Please, listen to your doctors, and do whatever they say it is good for you. Don't ignore your health situation the way I did, because I was wrong...
I am praying for you and for your dear wife. I pray for your complete healings and prompt recovery, John. I did not know that you had health issues. This is shocking news for me, my dear friend. I am a member of an International Ministry from England, and I shall ask brothers and sisters in the Lord to pray for your complete healings. All they ask for is that they would like to know the outcome of their prayers. In other words, they will ask me if you are doing better after all the prayers to the Lord said for you. Jesus listens to our prayers when we pray with a faithful heart, my friend.
Please, let us know the updates on your health, John.
May the Lord sustain you in the palm of His hand! May the Lord bless you and keep you safe with all your beloved ones, John!
God may bless you all!
Blessings & Prayers,
Poet Starry.

Gorges Smythe said...

Still praying for you, JT.

JT said...

Gorges Smythe - Thank you for your prayers. God bless you.

Karen Kyle Ericson said...

Hi John just wanted to let you know I'm still praying for you and your wife. One of my favorite verses:

The Lord your God is with you. He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you. He will quiet you with His love. He will rejoice over you with singing.
Zeph 3:17. It was a great help during the superstorm and Nor'easter in New Jersey (we came through fine). Thanks be to God!

God bless!
Karen

Craig - Montana Bushcraft said...

Still praying for you and your wife. Just wanted to let you know we are out here praying. You are in my thoughts and prayers often.

JT said...

Karen -Thanka for your prayers. God bless you.

JT said...

Craig - Thank you for your prayers. God bless you.

Starry Dawn said...

Hi John,
I visit you today to let you know that I am still praying for you and your wife. The Lord listens to our prayers when we pray with true faith. May God touch your life with special blessings!
Prayers on your way,
Starry.

Child of God said...

Hi JT,
Just checking in on you brother, letting you know I am praying for you many times a day.
Lamentations 3:22-23 (KJV) It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

Praying and praying for you and your wife my brother.
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Karen Kyle Ericson said...

Hi John still praying for you. May God bless you.

Brenda said...

Hope you are feeling better. Praying for you!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS

Child of God said...

Hi JT,
Stopping by to wish you and your wife a blessed New Year. I am praying that 2013 will find you healthy, happy and cancer free.

I think of and pray for you every day. Today I feel a weight to pray for your wife. I know the burden of watching your loved one suffer is heavy so I am asking Father to comfort your wife and give her renewed strength to make it through each day.

I miss you brother, I am truly missing you.

Praying and praying,
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Susan Marlene Kinney said...

Hi JT. I am praying for you. I will pray that your times are in His hands and that whether you have 30 years or whatever that God will be praised and others blessed by Him. I don't like that our time on earth isn't forever but He is bigger than all we know. May your every day, hour, and seconds be saturated with His love and presence. Your a blessing JT. I'm praying for your precious wife also.

Anonymous said...

John, I started to write blogs in 2010, and then life got away from me. You left a comment on a blog I wrote about "Is Jesus real or was He just a man?" I have not written anything for a long time until now and went to your site. I am sorry that the enemy has put you into this health issue. As you and all of know this is NOT from God, but is something, (trial) that he is bringing us through. From your last post, I hope all it well with you, as I know that you are in His Hands... I do want to mention though about a product that is amazing, and God brought me to this because of an ailing horse. It is Bovine Colostrum, PLEASE take the time and go to the site and read about it... It is from HIM as He has always given us a natural way out of problems, the site is: www.theallnaturalway.com
There are so many healings that have come from this...In God's Love and Mine Kathy

Karen Kyle Ericson said...

Hi JT still praying for you and your wife. May God's love surround you both today.

Susan Marlene Kinney said...

Hi JT and your lovely wife. I still pray for you and think of you at the oddest times...driving down the road, in the classroom, in the grocery store and absolutely in my prayers. May God's encouragement and His presence and joy be strong with you and yours. He is with you even in the moments where you could possibly think He isn't. Bless you.

Child of God said...

Me too JT, I am still praying for you and your wife every day. I think of you often and I hope all is well.

I miss you tons, your fellowship is very dear to me.

Blessings brother,
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Karen Kyle Ericson said...

Hi JT saying a prayer for you today : ) We miss you online. God bless!

Susan said...

JT I am sorry that it took this long for me to see this! I have been busy with other things (obviously) and want to say that I am glad that you have come to that place that fully trusts the Lord with everything, both life and death, and that He has given you that peace that is beyond understanding. I pray that you will see Him more clearly and feel Him more nearly as the mortal lays down for immortality, and you shed this dying body of flesh. Sending you a "virtual hug" in Jesus name. :)

Never Forsaken said...

Thinking of you today John.
Still praying for you!
You have touched so many lives with this ministry.
Thank you.
Hope to see you back online someday.
Blessings and love to you and your dear wife~ Lisa

Tommy O said...

Hi John. I am wondering if there is any new update to your situation.

child of God said...

Hi JT,
Just stopping by to leave you a note saying I am thinking of you everyday and praying. Like I promised you, I am keeping you and your wife in my prayers.
Psalm 37:5-6 Commit your way to the Lord;trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.


Lifting you and your wife up to our Lord Jesus Christ.

Blessings brother,
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Susan said...

Praying for you too, JT, the troubles of this world do not compare with the glory that is to come. Overcome all the things of this world in the strength and power of our Lord Jesus who has won the battle against all other powers and principalities so we can be eternally with Him. <3

William Smith said...

praying for you. I hope that things are beginning to look up but regardless, God is with you and someday we will all be with Him and cancer-free, tear free, pain free, sin free!

Alieux (Daij) said...

I'm praying for you! God is a good God

child of God said...

Hi JT,
Thinking of you. :) Praying and praying for you and holding you wife up to our Lord.
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Nicole Van De Walle said...

I will be praying for your full healing and your wife...God bless you. From your sister in Christ Nikki

Susan said...

Hi JT,

Praying for you and your wife, I know it has been over a year since this posting, and I don't know if you've gone on to be with Jesus, but I hope and pray for the gentle strength from our Lord for your wife during this difficult time.

Never Forsaken said...

Still thinking of you, John, and lifting you and your wife up to the Lord in prayer. ~In Jesus~ Lisa

child of God said...

Me too JT!! Joining my prayers with Lisa and the others praying and praying for you and your wife.

Blessings brother, we miss you.
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child of God said...

Hi JT,
I'm stopping by to say hi and let you know I am still praying for you and your wife.

Blessings in Jesus,
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Karen Kyle Ericson said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you JT you are missed my friend. Hoping you're in a better place : ) Praying for your wife.

Karen

Elizabeth Mahlou said...

How are you doing, JT? I have not seen a response from you in some time. Many prayers for you. I know you must be very special to God. Please update us when you are up to it.

Never Forsaken said...

Still praying John.
Maybe you are home with the Lord by now...If so, prayers are for your wife.
I am facing my own battle with breast cancer now.
Blessings and love~ Lisa

Karen Kyle Ericson said...

I wanted to let folks know it looks like JT went to be with the Lord in April last year. I found an obituary.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/spartanburg/obituary.aspx?pid=164547106

I'm still praying for his wife as he had asked us to do. We'll all give him a big hug when we join him in Heaven.

child of God said...

Thank you Karen for letting us know about JT. I will continue to pray for his sweet, dear wife.

Blessings and looking forward to meeting you JT in heaven.

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Susan said...

Thank you Karen and Child of God, praying for the strength and for the power of God to help the family through the hardship of losing such a wonderful loved one. God bless you with all His tender mercies during times of grief to see the hope that awaits us through Jesus who overcame the troubles of this world for us. Keeping you in prayer and looking forward to someday meeting you all with our Lord. <3