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After my cancer diagnosis, seeing
mortality in the near distance

Washington Post, by Michael Gerson

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Posted By:drive, 12/6/2013 7:27:42 AM

In my mid-20s, I had a new bride, a plum job on Capitol Hill and, apparently, the beginnings of a cancerous tumor on my right kidney. For 20 or 25 years — the best estimate of my doctors — it accompanied me at birthdays and on holidays and at the delivery of my children. It was quiet and kept to itself. Undiscovered, it would have donned camouflage and killed me in the end. A cancer diagnosis is the experience of about 13?million Americans. Mine came early enough for surgery to make a difference. There were weeks of testing, waiting and


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Reply 1 - Posted by: M2, 12/6/2013 8:24:22 AM     (No. 9642616)

I’m left, for the moment, to experience some additional moments and to hope there is a plot behind random and witless events. But I’ve gained — along with many given a cancer diagnosis — a greater appreciation for the familiar words of the psalmist: “Teach us to number our days.”

Very well done article.

I hope Michael Gerson discovers that there is indeed a divine plan behind "random, witless events", whether or not he believes in that plan.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: earlybird, 12/6/2013 8:54:41 AM     (No. 9642659)

An excellent essay that doesn´t need to be seen through the prism of my eyes. Read it.

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