My Personal Cancer Journey — Out of the Blue

Two (2) unexpected, out-of-the-blue events which occurred recently have truly touched me as I continue in my battle with terminal lung cancer.

Just yesterday, a former student saw me and came up to me. She said, “Can I speak to you?” I, of course, agreed and we moved away from the people that I was conversing with. She said, “First I want to give you a big hug (she had obviously seen the article about my retirement due to cancer in the local newspaper).” During the hug, she whispered to me, “I want you to know that I pray for you, on my knees, twice a day.” Naturally, I thanked her for her concern and her prayers. Next, she asked for my address. She told me that she has some “holy oil” that has miraculous properties that she would like to send to me. Again, I thanked her profusely and wrote my address out for her. (Incidentally, she was one of the sweetest, loveliest and smartest students that I have had the pleasure to teach)

Several days ago there was another incident involving, of all people, my mailman. I guess that he was told by one of my neighbors that I was diagnosed with terminal cancer. He asked my wife if it was okay, and the next day dropped off a scapula to me, which he maintains has miraculous properties. The scapula has a picture of the Virgin Mary, with the words, “Immaculate Heart of Mary pray for us now and at the hour of our death.”

How amazing that two (2) people from totally different aspects of my life should think enough of me to give me potential miracles to help me fight my cancer. Even though I am a scientific guy and do not believe in miracles, I am humbly touched and greatly moved by these gestures of love and affection. Add to these the many, many friends and family members who are praying for me, I consider myself a truly lucky guy!

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