Celebrating Three Years with a Giveaway!!
Three years ago today the receptionist at work pulled me aside and said there was a doctor on the phone for me. The phone call had come, the biopsy reports were in.
“Michael, I’m very sorry but you have colon cancer.”
I don’t remember much more of the conversation, just him saying he thinks surgery and chemo will take care of it, he arranged an appointment with the surgeon, so sorry again.
Every year that day seems farther and farther away but the memories of the journey are still so vivid. If I think about it I can still feel the chemo going into my system, I can hear the sound of my ileostomy gurgling, feel the stoma under my fingers. The images and sounds of my hospital stays come alive again if I only think of them.
I try not to think about it too much but it’s good to every now then. It’s good to remember the valley God carried me through, to reflect on his goodness and mercy that followed me every step of the way.
And as much as I may try to not think about it I still do every day, multiple times a day. It’s a part of me now, part of who I am.
I’m a battler, a combatant, a survivor.
So to celebrate this anniversary–three years–I’m giving away three copies of my book Darlington Woods. Just leave a comment here or on my Facebook page to be entered into the drawing for a chance to win one of those copies.
NOTE: I’m extending the deadline to Sunday, March 20, midnight. Winners will be announced on Monday! Stay tuned . . .