Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Another trip

Tomorrow we leave again for Texas.  Friday we will have a scan and Tuesday we should have the results.  Usually I really get nervous leading up to these scans.  Maybe that will still come but right now I feel an amazing sense of peace.  My bishop came over tonight and with my son Jarom gave me a priesthood blessing.  Maybe that is why I am feeling so calm.

We have a wonderful doctor in Texas.  Her name is Lisa Wang.  I get the feeling that she isn't very religious, but she is exceptionally kind.  She emails me on a regular basis just to see how I am doing.  Last time we were in Texas she kept trying to lend us her small appliances so that we wouldn't have to buy them.  So, in response to her last email I told her a story.

I was at work.  One of my patients had brought her young daughter Olivia along with her to the appointment.  As I was talking to the mother Olivia said "How come you talk like that"  (My speech is rather impaired these days)  Before I could answer Olivia pipped up again and said "Oh, I remember, you have cancer.  We pray for you every day."  Then she said, "I  like your bandaid.  It's really big."

i told doctor Wang that story.   I think she was a little taken back that I would have a practice where my patients would pray for me.  I told her, "It's no wonder that I love my job so much."

I feel so blessed to have people who care about me.  These last three years have been hard but they have had good in many ways.  I find my heart is softer than it was.  I hear about people who suffer and it hurts.  I cry a lot.  Not very macho but it is what it is.

Well, it's off to Texas.  We will keep you posted about our scan results.  Thank you Olivia for your prayers and all of the rest of you too.  I know that God hears and answers prayers.


  1. Dr. Vogel, You are always in my prayers... You inspire me with your faith and strength.. Safe travels :) Denise ( Oral Surgeons office downstairs :) )

  2. What a sweet story. Kids say the darnedest things. I love you and am praying for you so so much!! Loves.

  3. We pray for you too--many times each day.

  4. Paul and I so enjoy your blog. I check it almost daily! We also pray for you each day and so appreciate your inspiration. You and Jolynn enjoy Texas, see you soon! We love you two! R and P

  5. Love you Eric. I'm glad you're feeling peace.