Don’t Postpone Joy: Adventures With Brain Cancer

By Michael Bischoff and Jennifer S. Larson

In the fall of 2015, Michael Bischoff was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive type of brain cancer. As a husband and father of two young children, he hopes for a cure, of course. But his main focus is on finding wholeness in each moment.

For Michael, the journey toward wellbeing is an ongoing process that is physical, spiritual, emotional, and relational. “I’m in a thin place between life and death, between receiving and giving, between right now and the eternal, between joy and grief,” Michael wrote in his CaringBridge Journal. “My vocation now is receiving love, acknowledging that, and allowing it to keep moving.”

The book “Don’t Postpone Joy: Adventures With Brain Cancer” is a collaboration between Michael and his wife, Jennifer Larson, a photographer and graphic designer.

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Joyce Schmautz Mar 23, 2017 8:43pm
What a testimony to the Goodness of the Lor who enable you in your weakness to take ourage and be strong in a very difficult place of life. I am on my third bout with cancer in the past 10 years. This last one was a metasticised breast tumor to my brain. I had surgery Dec. 23rd and they removed a tumor the size of a rqcquetball. It all happened so fast that I couldn't believe they were really doing surgery on me. I had only been given the news two days earlier that they found a tumor on my MRI. I had a bilateral mastectomy in Dec. of 2006, then another surgery of a rogue tumor July of 2007. I had 6 months chemo, 52 weeks of immunotherapy then 1 year of oral chemo. in 2007 as well as 5 weeks of radiation. This time I only had 3 radioation sessions but these were to my brain so they packed a larger punch and have left me quite fatigued. This time around I have felt way more tired and vulnerable. I am grateful for my family, for my friends and for the Lord's hands and feet showing me such tender care in the midst of the storm. I find social situations intimidating and the side effects of drugs and steroids especially very challenging. My thinking has changed some though everyone always comments how well I am doing. I guess we are grateful they believe us to be doing so well but we know we aren't in Kansas anymore Toto. I miss some of the activities like Bible Study Fellowship children's department and babysitting my grandkids but I think this is a season and I will get back to the "important things" soon. I loved reading your note about your job being to receive love and care from others right now. Good reminder for me too since I would much rather give than receive! Continue the good fight and shine your light for everyone to see. God is Good, Holy and Sovereign and He loves you with a great and dear love that will never go away.