Thursday, November 25, 2010
Close to Nowhere
We give thanks
I visited at my daughter’s church Sunday and the preacher, Doug Bell, did not preach a Thanksgiving sermon. He even mentioned that he was not a “topical” preacher. And then, the last Bible verse he read and used was “Jonah 2:9 – With a song of thanksgiving…”
Some years there is more to be thankful for than others. Yet, there is always something for which I’m thankful
I’m so thankful for my friend Beth. It seems to me that everyone knows and loves Beth. She’s one of those folks who doesn’t ever see a glass half empty. Her glass is always full! She is a faithful, to the bone Christian, a devoted mom, a loving wife and a friend to everyone she meets.
Recently, on the advice of a doctor, because she was turning 50, she had a colonoscopy. Just simply because she’s Beth, all of us expected absolutely nothing from this. Not a one of us at the newspaper office expected to hear anything but good news.
The diagnosis of colon cancer in our healthy, never-a-symptom Beth was too shocking to deal with. The resultant surgery to remove the cancer and the discovery of cancer on her liver was totally unthinkable. The follow-up PET scan, which showed cancer on her liver, for which a series of chemo, surgery, etc. has been scheduled was not believable. Not “our” Beth.
Beth, who had gone cheerfully for the colonoscopy, has remained cheerful, upbeat and positive. One day while she was in the hospital, she asked her husband Perry to request no visitors. While talking to Perry on the phone, he said, “You know, it’s hard to tell with Beth, but I think she’s depressed.”
Beth is now supporting and uplifting all of us at the office. She’s had a port put in, she’s had one chemo treatment and come back in the office cheerful and full of enthusiasm. Just our normal Beth. Happy, and making sure that everyone she loves, which is everyone she knows, is happy also.
When you turn 50 or if the opportunity arises, go have a colonoscopy. When you get a chance, have a mammogram. Take care of yourself. Eat lots of fiber, do the breast self-exam and quit smoking, drinking and/or over-eating.
This Thanksgiving I am so thankful for Beth. And because her glass is always full, I expect to be thankful for having Beth for many Thanksgivings to come. She went to the doctor for a routine exam, even though she didn’t want to go. Now, the rest of us have to live up to her example and take good care of ourselves.
Otherwise, she’ll whip us!
For Beth, and for my many blessings, I give thanks…
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