Sunday, February 5, 2012

We love the temple!

We had the opportunity to go to the temple this evening.  Our son Jarom came along with us.  It is always so nice to be in the temple, especially with family.  It feels like coming home.  This trip had a special purpose, to try and get an answer about what we should do with chemotherapy.  One of the sweet things about the temple is that I seem to be able to get answers to my prayers more readily there.  This trip was no exception.  After careful thought and prayer both JoLynne and I received an answer, in the temple, that it is time for me to stop chemotherapy.

I have always found it more difficult to get answers to prayers when the matter I am praying about has such profound personal emotions associated with it.  It is hard for me sometimes to separate my personal feelings from answers from God.  The answer that we received in the temple yesterday was unmistakeable.  We are all relieved that I can begin to move on and regain my strength.  Already, on last Thursday my immune system and my red blood cells had begun to rebound somewhat according to the doctor.  My body seems to be coming back to life again.  I feel like I am waking up from a dream.  I still don't have the strength that I had prior to chemotherapy but I feel so much better than a week or two ago that the contrast is amazing.  I am so grateful to feel good again!

I have learned so much these last three months.  Perhaps in another post I will talk about that.  It's a little close to home still to talk about.  One effect of all this has been on my tear glands.  They just seem to work a lot more often than they used to.  Maybe my heart is softer or maybe I am just getting old and leaky.  I look at my wife and my children, I think about the many miracles that have occurred and my heart is full.   I am just so grateful to be alive!

The Provo temple.  Where JoLynne and I were married.   It continues to be a special place for us

9 comments:

  1. So happy you have an answer and we are also very glad you are alive! Give yourself and JoLynne a hug from us!

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    2. Thank you Nancy. I have to admit, I wasn't too keen on joining the "cancer club". I am happier about joining the "cancer survivor club". Tell Kent "Hello" from us. We think about you often. Keep up the good work in Jerusalem.

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  2. Such good news. Too good to be true. Now just get feeling all the way better!
    Kelly

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  3. The temple is truly the best place on earth! I am happy that you have made this decision. Hope you feel better soon!

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  4. SOOOOOOOO HAPPY to hear this news! I am so relieved that this is going to be a thing of the past and that you can start to get better! still in our prayers!

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  5. So relieved to hear that God also listens to our prayers. Love you Uncle Eric!!

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  6. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


    Susan

    Cancer Treatment Guide

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    1. Dear Susan, Welcome along for the ride. Not quite what I had planned with my life but we don't always get to choose. I hope that what I have written has in some way helped you in your own life. I know that I have learned so much from this experience. If others have somehow benefited through my experience then so much the better. I'm not resentful of what I am going through but if good comes of it for others then I feel grateful. I originally started this blog just so that friends and family members could know what was going on. I hope that the miracles in my life have done more than simply "inform". I hope that it has increased other's faith as well or perhaps helped them to face their own challenges.

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