Terence Luttrell-was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer at 46 in July 2009:PSA 431 & Gleason score 9. The diagnosis was advanced stage of the disease; Prognosis:6-18 months to live & came as a complete shock. Terence passed away after fighting for 37 months as the sun rose on Sunday August 19,2012.
Our family is learning how to pass through trying times, allowing it to challenge us in our faith growing in Christ & painstakingly learning how to live above the effects of cancer!
Every day is a battle.I find that if its not swollen lymph nodes, then it’s a kidney problem, if it’s not that, then it's bone pain....it runs the gamut of a hundred other little things that may happen on any given day.
Tomorrow is Tuesday and it’s time for my weekly oncology appointment in Seattle. I am really starting to get irritated by them and I hate going. I know that my oncologist desires to help me but it seems like every time we go they find another portion of my body is causing trouble.
I was recently talking to Sherry about my health (again) and I said that I could feel my body struggling to survive.Yet, more importantly I told her that my spirit feels strong.I’ve never doubted and have always known that the Lord is with me through this whole thing. The Lord says, “I will never leave you or forsake you”and I've always believed it.
During times of more intense struggles I'm not afraid, I become silently annoyed. This all seems more of a hassle to me than anything. But when those days turn into weeks and months discouragement can befall me. That's when the scripture, "why are you so downcast? Put your hope in God" comes alive to me and I give the praise to God that’s due His name and then I am uplifted in an unexplainable way. It refreshes me and keeps me going.
(Of course, Sherry tries to help me by buying me new duds every once in awhile...she thinks I need it to refresh my soul. I don't have the heart to tell her that guys don't need new clothes to feel reinvigorated, but she seems to enjoy shopping, so I let her. I guess reinvigorates her)!