It has been more than a year now since I was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. An illness that has caused a change in my lifestyle and outlook in life.
A flash back: It was August 15, 2011, and it was a routine day for me. I started my work day firing off e-mails (with my BlackBerry) in response to queries from clients and visitors on my Blog. I ended the work day preparing and signing some letters to be sent to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
After completing my work for the day, I took my usual 2-mile run — a routine I’ve been doing for years.
At 8:00 p.m., my wife and I had our usual dinner. But at 11:00 p.m., I started to have a fever — with my temperature soaring at almost 105 degrees Fahrenheit.
Thus, that day ended — but, in retrospect, it would be the beginning of a radical change in my life’s journey.
The following day, August 16, 2011 –with fever still high — I was rushed to the hospital’s emergency room. Blood works revealed that I have blood cancer.
At the hospital, I went through massive chemotherapy treatments, daily blood works, and seemingly incessant blood and platelet transfusions — with all their accompanying pain and misery. Now, more than a year past, I’m still on chemotherapy treatment and waiting to go through a bone marrow/stem cell transplant.
And due to my on-going treatment, I’ve suspended my law practice and been out of work. I’ve not taken new cases despite many clients’ repeated request to handle their cases.
With my supportive wife and two wonderful boys, I remain physically and spiritually strong, and optimistic that — with God’s help and protection — I’ll surmount this adversity.
But, realistically, it remains to be seen how things would turn out. Whether I live and become cancer free in the days ahead, or I die — I know without iota of doubt that God has been with me every step of the way. God has been my solace and only Him knows what’s in store for me.
I’ve full faith and trust in God’s goodness. And to Him, I leave my fate.
As Don Moen’s song goes: “God Is Good All The Time.”
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