My Unexpected Journey (Day 5)
Yesterday I talked about things you should do to get your house in order, but there are two very important items I forgot to mention. First is power of attorney. This is very important to get done even if you are not facing what I am facing. This allows you to give power to whoever you choose to handle any legal action for you in case you cannot do it yourself. Military folks do this all the time for when a spouse is deployed. A power of attorney can be used to give another person the right to sell a car, home, or other property for you. A power of attorney might be used to allow another person to sign a contract for you. It can be used to give another person the authority to make health care decisions, do financial transactions, or sign legal documents for you. With few exceptions, a power of attorney can give others the right to do any legal acts that you could do yourself.
The second thing is advance directives for health care. This is a legal document in which a person specifies what actions should be taken for their health if they are no longer able to make decisions for themselves because of illness or incapacity. Both of these can be assigned to more than one person, so if the main person is not available the second person listed can do it and so on. Sharon and I got ours done yesterday and it’s a great feeling to know it’s there if we need it.
I have decided to battle my cancer using a five-part approach. The first is spiritual. The second is nutrition, the third is medical, the fourth is education, and the fifth is mental health. Spending time with God in prayer and spending time in His word is number one for me. God is bigger than any cancer, so I have put this in God’s hands completely. God did not make me sick nor is this what he wants for my life. Jesus’s work on the cross took care of sin and sickness, but it is up to me to stand on the promises of His word.
Nutrition is something I have failed at over my lifetime and could be a big part in why I have developed cancer. Thirty-two years in the floorcovering business doing a lot of new construction could have added to the problem as well. I have been doing a lot of research about how important diet and exercise are for curing cancer, and have begun a radical change in my diet. It is also time to get myself back on the old treadmill for some cardio.
The newest advance in cancer therapy is immune therapy, which is the treatment they are going to use on me. It is designed to boost your immune system to kill the cancer. It is a two part system. One drug slows the growth of cancer cells and the second drug kills the cancer. Sounds good on paper, but my hope is on the dude who rose from the dead and made the blind to see! The next thing I am doing is educating myself so I can make informed decisions about diet, exercise, drug therapies, relaxation, and the cancer itself. Helps to understand your enemy and how to win the war against it.
Last but not least is mental health. Learning how to relax and clear my mind so I can see clearly to do battle. I am removing anything that can cause stress so that all I have to focus on is the task at hand. I also plan on getting outside a lot more for some good old fresh air and sunshine. So that is my plan in a nutshell.
I want to take a moment to thank everyone who is praying, commenting, posting your stories, giving me resources, and just good old-fashion support. It means more than you will ever know, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. If I don’t comment on your post it is because I have so much going on right now, but I will have more time to engage soon. My hope in doing this is that I can help someone else who is going through this same battle. Being alone in this battle is not an option, you need all the help you can get.
I love all of you and so does God,