Thursday, November 29, 2012

Update on big life stuff

A couple of months ago, I blogged about big life changes. I'm happy that I have good updates to share!

My dad had surgery for his prostate cancer 2 1/2 weeks ago. My sister Becki and I were able to go to Arizona for the surgery. He's had some complications in his recovery but is doing better and better. When they checked out the prostate after removing it, they found the cancer was more aggressive than the biopsy had shown. But because they found it very early, they were able to get it all with surgery. No radiation, no chemo. He should still live another four decades or so. (He's 61 now. I'm thinking positively here!) We are so, so, so glad that this was found early and that they handled it aggressive treatment. We had a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving!

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Not bad for one day post-surgery, eh?


I also shared in my previous post that our church decided to disband. We checked out several churches, and we found one in our area that we really like. That "in our area" caveat is an important one. Ever since moving to the metropolitan area where we've lived for 12 years, we'd had to drive a pretty good distance to church. That gets old. So to find a church close to home is fantastic. And it's a church that isn't "churchy," if that makes sense. It's casual. It's full of people with very imperfect lives. Well, every church is full of imperfection, but at this place, we're made to feel that we can be honest about that, instead of hiding it. That's pretty cool. I'm going to start working in their children's ministry, so I'm looking forward to that. We think this is the place for us.

Life is good. God is good.

7 comments:

Call Me Cate said...

So very glad for both of these updates, Beth. Especially scary to me is the plight of Sampa. He's a smart man to take charge of his health that way and what a blessing that he did. And that I'm sure he'll continue to do so will go a long way in adding on that other four decades.

I'm also glad you've found a church that's nearby. Growing up, we practically lived at our church so it was helpful that it wasn't far away. Especially with children that will undoubtedly have their own activities to be involved in over the years, near is good!

Paul Thompson said...

Good news! Thanks for sharing this.

The Clines said...

Glad to hear the good news! You look like your dad!

Megan Fletcher said...

This update makes my heart so happy.

Dawn Paoletta said...

God is good. And so glad to hear of your good news. It is wonderful you cold be with your Dad for the surgery time, I am sure it was a comfort.
I totally see children's ministry. I love serving the kiddos in this ministry and have enjoyed at different times. Awana, Children's Church and finally our new church pinned me for (something that can only be for the amusement of God) SUnday School Teacher (I just would never had ever thought of myself with this title). We also go to a pretty informal church and it is 5 houses away. AFter driving an hour to church this is heaven. AHem. On that note...was wondering about you and so now am a bit caught up!

Melinda (Sew_Lin) said...

I'm so, so happy to hear your updates. I'm sorry that your dad had some issues with recovery but that was wonderful news that they got all the cancer without the harsh treatments. That is a great blessing!

Mike F said...

:)