Daily Archives: November 9, 2017

Cancer

I write this post with permission of my father.

With my pop, last year.

Richard Carter has been diagnosed with acute leukemia.

Indications are evident that the radiation therapy he received several years past for lymphoma has caused some mutations that have led to his bone marrow producing malformed, ineffective white cells and platelets.

The diagnosis is clear, but the prognosis is less apparent right now.  This is a severe illness at any age, but for a diabetic octogenarian, treatment is complex and must be carefully managed.  Chemo starts Monday.  Transfusions of healthy blood will be part of the routine for the rest of his days. Even then, hopes are only for prolonged length and decent quality of life.

Pop is a man of faith, and to quote St. Paul, “For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.” (Romans 14:8) My sisters and I . . . and my father and stepmother . . . all believe this statement of faith.

Prayers/karma/vibes/energy of the positive kind are most welcome.

These words of John Donne are in my heart tonight.