Today at the cancer center while Mike had his radiation treatment, I went up to the surgeon's office with some paper work which he needed in order to write a letter for us. (Long story...) As I was winding my way back through the halls of the cancer center I ran into a man who looked very familiar to me. Once he introduced himself, I knew exactly who he was. Seems he heard about Mike's illness through his wife who is on a board with Mike. He is the head of psychological counseling at the cancer center. He was in fact looking for me. Mike and I had an opportunity to sit down with him, discuss the free counseling which the center offers and we made an appointment for next Tuesday. For those of you who know me well, you know I will never turn down an opportunity to talk to a counselor... Counselors listen...
After that meeting we met with a nutritionist. She was very complimentary of our current diet. She said that Mike certainly could eat food other than "organic foods" but that eating this way was certainly a choice that would not hurt in any way. We discussed the number of calories Mike should eat a day as well as the number of grams of protein that he needs to promote healing. We seem to be right on target with both. When we left, we both decided that we are going to stay away from refined sugar and white flour. Other than that, I think we will probably eat out occasionally, making good choices when we do so.
Mike was able to work from 8 to noon today. He felt so good about having some "billable" time. He has only taken a couple of naps and seems to be going strong yet this evening. He has several home projects lined up to do in his spare time. It is amazing to me how much he has accomplished in the weeks since his surgery. If you all didn't know it before now, Mike is truly an amazing man. He has such a great attitude and is doing so well. He is well loved at the cancer center. I guess I knew he would become a favorite. The technicians, receptionists, nurses and doctors are just so impressed with his enthusiasm, optimism and HUGE smile every day.
Every once in a while, I have a little melt down. Yesterday morning was one of those times. Not only did I get a phone call from a friend at just the right time, but I also thought of the words to a hymn which made me feel so comforted.
I will not doubt, I will not fear;
God's love and strength are always near.
His promised gift helps me to find
An inner strength and peace of mind.
I give the Father willingly
My trust, my prayers, humility.
His Spirit guides; his love assures
That fear departs when faith endures.
Aren't those just the greatest words? I hope these words will help someone else when they feel fearful.