Cancer’s Unexpected Blessings

I have several friends who have battled cancer in the last year. I have recently spent time with my step-father going to appointments with oncologists and radiologists. The waiting rooms have been filled with people wearing hats, scarves, or bandanas to conceal their hair loss from chemotherapy of even some radition treatments.

As I sit and wait I have been struck with all the emotions and upheaval being experienced by everyone in the room. And I have been overwhelmed with a realization of the enormous number of people who are affected by cancer each and every day.

This morning I read an article in Christianity Today entitled Cancer’s Unexpected Blessings by White House Press Secretary Tony Snow. I wanted to share his words with you. This paragraph sets up the article:

Commentator and broadcaster Tony Snow announced that he had colon cancer in 2005. Following surgery and chemo-therapy, Snow joined the Bush administration in April 2006 as press secretary. Unfortunately, on March 23 Snow, 51, a husband and father of three, announced that the cancer had recurred, with tumors found in his abdomen—leading to surgery in April, followed by more chemotherapy. Snow went back to work in the White House Briefing Room on May 30, but resigned August 31. CT asked Snow what spiritual lessons he has been learning through the ordeal.

Sorry About The Cancer, How’s Your Hair?

A friend recently sent me a link to the audio archives of NPR’s All Things Considered. The specific link I have included is for the audio of Debra Jarvis, a hospital chaplain for 20 years, who was diagnosed with cancer. As she told people about her diagnosis, she found all they wanted to talk about was her hair. If you have ever had a friend or family member with cancer (and who hasn’t?), listening to this is worth your time (3 minutes and 48 seconds).