a good reminder in the midst of the cancer battle

Just about to finish reading the book: Power of Prayer (POP): A Journey in the Light by Dick Bowley.  This is about one man’s day-by-day journal through a battle with and victory over leukemia that reveals the power and roles of prayer, faith, marriage, family, fitness, community and excellent medical care and how they work together in such a God-ordained victory.  I recommend the book to anyone facing such a challenge as either a warrior or a caregiver.  An extremely enlightening and enjoyable read that inspires.


Dick pointed me to the following verse several times in my reading today.

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:2 (ESV)

As a cancer warrior, every day is one of both thanksgiving and being joyful in hope – at 17 months in my battle, that hope grows stronger day be day.

As a cancer warrior, one must be patient in affliction … typically the affliction of chemotherapy side effects.  I am in the midst of my 32nd chemotherapy treatment … getting my infusion pump removed tomorrow and start again in two weeks.  And quite frankly I would love nothing better than one day write I am going thru my 500th treatment … or to say the cancer is gone all together.  Hey, both patient in affliction and joyful in hope!

As a cancer warrior, one must be faithful in prayer … and I might add a family and community must be faithful in prayer for you as well.  So thankful for the lifted prayers and the answered prayers.  I’m not the prayer warrior I need to be … but God’s not done with me yet.

Oh Lord, thank you for reminding me of these truths thru the writing of Dick Bowley today! (And thank you for placing special friends like Anne and Kenny in my life to give me such a book.)


About bwebbjr

A grandfather, father, husband, man, and a child of God who is following Christ Jesus and working out his salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work IN me, both to will and to work for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:12-13). I dodged my first bullet with cancer when a cancerous polyp was removed in a sigmoid colectomy surgery in August 2007. Four years later, in the midst of a second colectomy surgery we discovered I had Stage IV metastatic colon cancer. Rather than colectomy surgery I had colostomy surgery, which now means the colostomy bag is a part of my everyday life ... with the emphasis on life. God has given us a peace beyond understanding as my wife and I have traveled this journey. By the grace of God I am blessed to be a 6 plus year cancer survivor aka warrior. In writing, I am often wrestling with my own personal struggles and beliefs and in the midst God leads me to a lesson He wants me to learn ... or sometimes He simply touches me in the revelation of Himself. My hope is that the result you see here might touch your heart and glorify God. And let me be clear ... I am not the only one with something to say. Please join in the conversation sharing your faith, your cancer experiences, etc. I would love to hear from you. Bernie
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4 Responses to a good reminder in the midst of the cancer battle

  1. Anne Kirkland says:

    Bernie, I am so glad that Dick’s book was a source of encouragement to you. It was my pleasure to gift you with it. He and Mary Frances are humble servants, surrendered to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Our Father uses them in many ways.

    You both have blessed my life.


    • bwebbjr says:

      Anne, it was a really great book … one I plan on sharing with a beloved brother who has been battling bone cancer for 7 years with the help of Emory. The Lord really reveals Himself through this special brother as He also did through Dick and Mary Frances.

      It is a great encouragement to know the Lord is working IN and THRU me to bless others.

      Thank you Anne – say hello to Kenny for me – hope and pray all is well for both of you!


  2. Anne Kirkland says:

    Thank you, Bernie. Check for a text message from me. :o))

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