Douglas had a tumor at the base of his tongue, although for nine months doctors kept telling him it was only an infection and giving him antibiotics. When he was finally properly diagnosed his doctor suggested he tell people he had throat cancer, not tongue cancer.
“If we do have to do surgery, it’s not going to be pretty,” Douglas recalled his doctor saying. The surgery could’ve resulted in Douglas losing part of his jaw and tongue, so the doctor suggested Douglas misrepresent his type of cancer, and the actor agreed.
The actor also had to deal with his children seeing lurid headlines about his gaunt appearance as he lost weight during seven weeks of radiation and chemotherapy. “I looked pretty weird,” Douglas told Jackson. But when he warned Dylan, now 13, that he might face some troubling magazine covers, he found his son was already savvy to the ways of the tabloid press. “You mean like the story when you had three weeks to live, Dad?” Dylan asked.
Douglas also encouraged other men who might be suspicious about a mole, bump or other change that could indicate cancer to get a checkup immediately, rather than wait. “I made that mistake,” he said. “I don’t want to see you do it.”
Douglas has now been cancer-free for two years, and says that doctors tell him this means there’s a 95 percent chance his cancer will not return. [FULL QUOTE]
The days seem to go by so fast. there is a void in the air, the birds have lost their vibrant beat, the ocean has lost its luster, the soil feels solid and dry. My soul feels as if it has left my body before my death, my dreams haunt my day, the tears stain my steps, my doctor says that it is depression, I say that it is reality, I am intoxicated by society,I am numb by prescriptions. Why do I feel so isolated within myself? is there no one in my painfully tight shoes? can anyone understand my pain? can anyone melt in my sorrows? why am I this way? why is the world so cruel? why can't I be normal? Wait! I am normal, what am I saying, I know now, the veil has been lifted, humanity is my enemy, the sins that drip from their sweat, the dread that follows their shadows, their souls of black, their intentions of greed pull a shade across their eyes. They are destined for doom, they will not be saved, they will not find salvation, they belittle me, they curse me, they shame me, but they are right about one thing, I am different, unlike them, I will be saved in the last days.
The Rapture Song (Take Me Home)
The governors of Virginia, Ohio and Texas are in the news for signing into law bills which require women who want (need) to have an abortion. They believe that believe that these mere women do/could not understand how serious this undertaking is without a doctor, most likely a man, explaining their female bodies to them, reading to them an anti-abortion script and lastly, invading their vaginas with scope to decide whether there is a fetal heartbeat. You have, of course, heard of the transvaginal probe:
INVADING A WOMAN’S BODY AS REQUIRED BY INSENSITIVE LEGISLATORS
(WOMEN ARE REQUIRED TO PAY FOR THIS INDIGNITY)
What’s the need for a colonoscopy?
Back to the old men in Congress (who fear the “Big C“). If they dared talk to their doctors about the need for a colonoscopy, they would be calmed by the fact that they would be asleep when their anus is invaded by the probe. (I think the women in the pre-ceeding procedure are awake.)
What’s the point of this post? Women – and the men who truly love them – are tired of having the predominantly male government ignore their input and make laws that take control of their bodies with no regard for medical necessity, dignity and the proper role of the state in our progressive society. If men suffer their bodies being penetrated in a private place, maybe they’d think twice before requiring their women to suffer a similar indignity.
Living growing lives…
By John Townsend, Crystal Cathedral Guest Pastor
“For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, fix your minds on them.”
- Philippians 4:8
The growing mind deals with the reality that God meant for everybody to expand, to be better, to grow, to be the persons he wants to develop. You were built to grow. You were built to expand. Yet, some people never expand. They never grow.
The average lifespan of people in the world today is close to 70 and many live past 100. However, the number of years lived doesn’t necessarily indicate a growing life. It can actually indicate years of repetition of the same conflicts, the same stuck-ness, the same struggles, the same patterns.
That was never God’s intent for our lives. He wants us to live growing lives. And the growing life is just like regularly working out. Just like working out, if you don’t use your brain, you lose it. Just as you challenge your muscles in the gym, you have to challenge your brain. You have to push your brain to do things it now can’t do. Learning a new language is a way to do that. Or, taking a course, gaining some ability, or completing some training you’ve never had before. Or, you can play competitive mental game like chess.
We must get out of the patterns of the “same old, same old,” and challenge ourselves in a hobby, a course, something that pushes our brains, and our brains will respond to it. You can be doing this at 20, you can be doing this at 80, and it makes a difference in your growing brain.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me not to take my mind for granted. Like my entire body, help me to keep it healthy and strong. Amen.
Devotion: Of the brain-strengthening suggestions mentioned above, which one would best apply to you?