If any of you have seen or been to the Huntsman Cancer Institute, it is a beautiful building, high on the mountain side above University Hospital and overlooking the Salt Lake Valley. I figure they designed the building to evoke feelings of beauty and peace to help families who are dealing with such an ugly situation. We even took advantage of the free valet parking. It was a nice little perk. Today we met with the first of two oncologist who will be helping my Dad through the treatment phase of his cancer, Dr. Howard Colman, a Neuro Oncologist. He is the physician who will be in charge of the chemo portion of my Dad’s treatment. On Tuesday of next week we will be meeting with the Radiation Oncologist who will be in charge of the radiation portion of the treatment. Dr. Colman was forthright and honest in laying out the grim statistics that face many people who have a GBM. (that’s what people who are “in the know” call a Glioblastoma Multiforme. Too bad we’re “in the know”). The good thing about my Dad’s situation, and it’s been said before, is that he has everything going for him that many other patients don’t. He’s in great health, relatively young, physically fit, has a great support system, is motivated, and more importantly, and something that the doctors don’t take into account, is our faith and belief that God is aware of and in charge of this situation. So whatever, statistics were laid out before us today, we have the peace and comfort of knowing that we have a Higher Power on our side and there is nothing that He can’t do. Score one for Team IronDean.
|The first of many visits to the Huntsman Cancer Institute|
After a long day at the hospital and having taken some time to think, I’ve come to the conclusion that I can call this “situation”, and what I believe it can be for our family, an opportunity. It’s an opportunity to become closer to each other and to our Heavenly Father. It's an opportunity to strengthen our testimonies and our faith. It's an opportunity to trust in the Lord and His will. Team IronDean scores three more!! I think we’ve made the most of our “opportunity” up to this point but there are still many trying times ahead that we will need to overcome, but I know we can do it. I got an email from another attorney that I work with whose wife recently passed away after a long battle with cancer. His wise words gave me comfort...“Cancer truly makes one walk by faith, because you never know what tomorrow will bring. We learned that we must have faith not in a specific outcome, but faith and trust in Christ and His will. Period.” I know my family believes that and while we are hoping for a great outcome, we will be a peace with whatever comes of this "opportunity". Team IronDean with the Win!