Monday, April 21, 2014

Healing The Masses

As I waited for my appointment with the urologist this morning, I noticed a Bible laying on the table. I picked it up and turned to a random passage in the New Testament.  It was the Book of Matthew, chapter 14.  My eyes quickly fell upon verse 14, "And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick." Some folks refer this as "Jesus healing the masses" although I haven't been able to find that exact phrase in the Bible. I had to smile as I thought to myself, "I've got a couple of masses right here that need healing, Jesus. One on my kidney and one in my lung."

The visit with the urologist confirmed that the CT scan shows what is probably renal cancer. He is sending me to a specialist, I'm waiting for a call with an appointment time...hopefully ASAP. I looked the new guy up online, it looks like he's one of the top men in his field, at least in this part of the country.

My research over the weekend tended to indicate that the survival rate for renal cancer that has started metastasis is only about 5-10%, but the doctor this morning seemed to think my chances were much better than that. In his words, "don't give up hope, this thing is survivable."

I broke the news to my church family a little while ago, a lot of faithful, praying people there. I love and appreciate every one of them.

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