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Return from isolation

January 5, 2009

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to post anything here, and I hope to do more writing once I catch up with my regular routine. The reason for the absence was that over the past month I went through radiation therapy for the cancer I’m being treated for (papillary thyroid carcinoma; “thyca”). This type of therapy basically includes a few weeks of a low-iodine diet, followed by radiation therapy and full body scans.

The difficult part of this radiation treatment  was that I would need to be isolated and away from everyone for a certain period of time while I was highly radioactive. But since my wife is pregnant more precaution is taken, so the time she and I had to be apart from one another was 2-1/2 weeks. Over Christmas and New Years. Being apart from my wife was by far the most difficult thing I’ve had to deal with, and was the worst part of the treatment experience. But we did make it through the isolation time, and are thankful to God for helping us keep peace of mind and making the best of the situation. And we were so encouraged by the many prayers and kindness of family, friends, and church family who supported us daily through this time. God bless all of you, and many, many thanks for your ministry to us.

I plan to write more about this time soon. I had a LOT of time to think, since I couldn’t do much else during half of the isolation time (for fear of contaminating objects in our home). So I will try to do that, once I’m caught up and back into the routine of normal life. For now, I’m just grateful to have my wife back home, glad to be back with my church community, and glad to be able to be in public once again!

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