Those of you who’ve been reading this blog for a while will know that I have Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma, a rare cancer which originates in the salivary glands (although it’s not there now). My doctors have been chasing it around my body for nearly ten years now. My last operation was over Christmas 2007, when they removed half my liver, along with a lump the size of a tennis ball.
Recently, I was diagnosed with recurrence in my lungs. I have one 1-5-2cm lump in each, plus another 5 or 6 “maybes” scattered around. After a few more months of observation, this means that in September and October I’ll be recapitulating the two thoracotomy operations I had in summer 2006, when they cleared my lungs out last time. Again, they’ll probably be about six weeks apart.
The title of this post comes from the fact that in the past, God has taught me a great deal through having cancer. This post (also linked above) gives a few of the things I’ve learned. But it seems that there’s still more, so here I go again :-)
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. (1 Peter 4:12-13)