Greetings! This is my first blog and I hope you will find it interesting, thought provoking and inspirational but then again, I’m really not writing it for you. I found out two days ago that I have advanced prostate cancer. This is when cancer has escaped and is latching on to bones and tissue outside the prostate. Technically the cancer is said to have metastasized. I’ll get more into the details later but I wanted you to know that writing this blog is a way for me to cope with the inevitable.
At 62, I’ve lived a good life. No, make that a great life! I met my wife, Mary, about the same time I started a new career as a sales manager for Aflac some 22 years ago. I lasted 19 years with Aflac and enjoyed a very successful career, Mary and I will have been married for 21 years this September and are going strong. I left Aflac to pursue other interests. One of them was the self-funded insurance industry which is a unique response to spiraling major medical costs and the other is ministry. For the past two and a half years I have been attending Rockbridge Seminary. This is an online school and I have enjoyed every minute of my studies. I don’t have any aspirations of becoming a pastor but heard a still, small voice tell me to “Get ready” four years ago. I ignored that voice for a year but after several mysterious circumstances decided to wind down my career at Aflac and enroll in seminary. At the time I had no clue as to what “Get ready” meant but after Monday’s meeting with my doctor I have a pretty good idea.
Yup. This is my first blog and I hope you’ll stick with me as I ramble on about retirement, school, God and oh yeah, that pesky cancer thing. I know getting my feelings and experiences out to friends and family and even some strangers will help me process but you might just learn a thing or two along the way.