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[MOL] John



Dear John,

Thanks for the reply.  I read it yesterday but was a little shaken to 
respond right away.  I'm sorry about your brother, really sorry to hear 
that.  Geez......

But your attitute is wonderful and I can see why you're a survivor.  Thanks 
for inspiring me and giving hope to all on here.  Mark

>From: jlehner@nyee.edu
>Reply-To: mol-cancer@lists.meds.com
>To: mol-cancer@lists.meds.com
>Subject: RE: [MOL] response to Dusti and anyone  else about Testicular can 
>cer
>Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2000 13:00:41 -0400
>
>
>Dear Mark,
>
>Thank you for opening up and sharing your story and that of J.D.  It really
>struck a chord with me as my brother waited as well, finally went in for 
>the
>surgery.  About three years later, July of last year, he was found dead at
>the foot of the stairs of his home by his wife.  Post mortem revealed
>Pancreatic cancer as the cause of death.  I thank God that he did not 
>suffer
>and that he had no idea of the cancer that was growing in him.  All that I
>knew was that he had not been feeling well and was going in to be scoped.
>
>I know only too well the pain of emotional scaring caused by any surgery
>that disfigures one's person.  On this journey however, the courage that
>Joicy so wonderfully described is essential to defining who and what we
>really are.  After spending my life defined by how I looked and what I did,
>facing cancer has enlightened me to a depth of understanding me that is
>fulfilling...I am what I feel emotionally and spiritually and what I 
>believe
>in.  I am the person who reaches out to touch others and who now has the
>courage to be vulnerable in allowing others to touch me.
>
>I now see with pain, the old me in all those I meet who are self serving 
>and
>too hurried to see their fellow man nor grasp the concept of the precious
>gift of another day.  In saying prayers with my three young children each
>night, we each take turns thanking God for something special that we are
>grateful for that day and offering a prayer to God for someone who we feel
>is in need of His Blessing...and that can and often does include someone
>that offended one of us that day.  I know that God has blessed me with the
>courage and strength to be here for my family and I now try each day to 
>make
>a difference in someone's life by offering a smile, a hug, or a kind word.
>
>The fellowship of this group has been the motivating, guiding, and
>sustaining force that has enabled this change in me.  It is a fellowship
>that I believe has been touched by God.  God Bless you and I thank Him for
>leading you to us.  Pax.
>
>John
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