I'm an active duty AF member working in procurement/contracting. I am a brain tumor (anaplastic astrocytoma) survivor. When I'm not working I am a husband, father of two of the sweetest kids you'll ever meet and a musician. I play guitar and bass in a contemporary worship band at my church.
In August 2005 I visited my military family practice physician complaining of chronic sinus issues and odd tingling sensations on the left side of my face. I had similar issues for years prior and was told it was just common allergies. The physician believed I was having an episode of Bell's Palsy but scheduled me for a CT scan "just to be sure" I didn't have any tumors or cysts in my sinuses. They called me back to the clinic the very day of my CT scan due to a suspicious "spot" discovered on my right temporal lobe. They scheduled me for an MRI the following day which confirmed I had a 2.8 lesion which was, in the doctor’s words, “most likely a low-grade glioma.” They sent me to a military neurosurgeon at Wilford Hall in
Feb 6, 2009 12:12pm
I just returned from M.D. Anderson and I have received another stable report...I am truely blessed. This particular trip was the most spiritually humbling I have ever experienced. The testamonies I heard from fellow cancer suvivors was so inspiring. There was a moment in the MRI waiting area where the holy spirit was present...I felt so close to God. I know that God works through all of us, whether we are aware of it or not...even when we don't give him credit, He is working. On this cancer journey of pains, fears and obstacles...the people we meet who share stories and the selfless community compassion that has been brought to the forefront have made this a blessing. Remember that book and saying, "Don't sweat the small stuff?" Well...there's a lot of folk among us who are sweating over some pretty insignificant things...it's nothing...we should live lightly and love strongly.
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