I gotta tell this, even if nobody believes me

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  1. moparedtn

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    Ok, some of you know I recently had surgery to remove my thyroid - all of it - due to concerns about cancer.
    Again, THANK YOU to everyone who sent prayers and wishes my way over that.
    It's been probably as much pain as I have ever encountered, but things are all a go now and looking good. :)
    Apparently I've survived cancer #4 now. I think. Final word on that will be next week, once all the post-surgery biopsies and such are completed, but things look good as of now.:thumbsup:

    Anyways, on to another story - a short one, promise:
    The night before the surgery, I wasn't sleeping (of course) and I stepped outside to do what rednecks do out here in the country - namely, take a wizz. :D
    There's a small retaining wall made of old railroad ties next to my garage that the dog and I wander out to to do our thing late at night. I stand on top of it, do my thing and gaze up at the huge sky to the west (I can see hundreds of miles to the north and west from up here on the ridge).
    The sky was clear and the north star is really bright this time of year.
    I saw that star and did something I never do - I asked God for a little help in the morning surgery to come, if He had the time and it was ok and all....

    Surgery happens the next morning at 10am and by 2pm, I'm in recovery.
    Painful, G-d-awful painful to come out of that.
    Two hours after that, I'm changing into my sneakers and shorts and I'm walking, against all the nurses' orders and to the chagrin of my wife, them all barking at me.
    I just knew I HAD to get up.
    Always, always get back up.
    Prime Directive.

    Back home and recovering, being told to do nothing and ignoring that shiyat….
    Last night for the first time since I got back home, the dog and I wander out to that retaining wall to do our late night whizzing ritual.
    I look up and the sky is pretty clear and there's the north star, just like before.
    I take a moment to thank Him for getting me through all that hell in one piece.
    There's just one lonely, dark cloud due west of us, remnant of a storm going down the next valley over.
    When everything got real quiet, I looked up and saw the north star and remembered to thank Him, I figured that was the end of it.
    I was wrong.
    Exactly when I said "thank you", that lonely cloud let go a lightning bolt internally. It didn't strike down to the ground, just lit up that cloud beautifully.
    He was saying "you're welcome".
    I chuckled and said "show off".:lol:

    He and I have that sort of thing going on.
    He has a sharp sense of humor. He's GOT to. I mean, I'm still here after 4 cancers, 3 times flatlined, all that crap, right?
    Right.:thumbsup:
     
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    • Cncguy1

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      I believe and pray for your speedy recovery.
       
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      • PlagueOfBadgers

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        Glad to see you are doing well! I agree with what you said, get up and start moving.
         
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        • moparedtn

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          That's the most important thing my Pop ever told me.
          He said "don't ever stop. If you do, it's all over quick".
          He was referring to retiring specifically, but it works for life in general.
          All I know to do is get the hell up. Scared of what might be chasing me if I don't. :)
           
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          • STREETREBEL

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            You are blessed!
             
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            • steve from staten island

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              Im glad your doing well! Faith often will carry you through difficult times. Best of health to you
               
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                prayer works. would have loved to have seen that cloud.
                 
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                • Glenwood

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                  Good to hear it went well for ya! Take the signs as you see them and enjoy life to the fullest.
                   
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                    That power of prayer is awesome. I’m glad you are doing well.
                     
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                      Congratulations on a successful surgery and good luck with your recovery!
                       
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                      • Richard Cranium

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                        The only cloud that ever appears to me is a dark stinky fart cloud. And it's usually someone else's.
                         
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                          just stay upwind to be safe
                           
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                          • Bill Monk

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                            Thank you Lord!
                             
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                            • Paul_G

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                              That's a great story. Each of us has our own special pathway to God. He can listen to us individually. He can tend to our needs individually. He is amazing.

                              When things in our lives are going great we tend to forget about him, when things are not so good is when we reach out to him. Even though we tend to ignore him through the good times, he never ignores us when things are not so good and we really need him.

                              Sometimes I have to just stop and thank him for everything he has done for me and my family. Me, a stupid kid who struggled through school, failing in most everything, to have what I have now, is also amazing. But it wasn't me alone, he was there with me the entire time.

                              I am glad you are recovering and doing well.
                               
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                              • moparedtn

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                                Thanks, everyone.
                                Keep in mind, I suck at being a Christian.
                                You wouldn't use me as the poster child for it, that's for sure. Too headstrong for one.
                                He and I have had some epic battles to be honest, usually over loved ones taken too soon.
                                I don't understand that stuff. Why take them when the sucky one is right here?
                                I'm a lousy one - but I am one nonetheless.

                                All I know with all this health stuff is to try and outrun it. That's what I'm wired for - gotta be in gear
                                all the time, lest something catch up to me.
                                 
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                                • Mike67

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                                  Glad to hear you are home and getting better!
                                  Thanks for sharing! Sometimes my grandmother would tell when I thought God wasnt listening me in order for us to talk to God was to be quiet and hear Him....sounds like you found that place.
                                  Best wishes and continued prayers to you for a speedy and complete recovery!
                                   
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                                    God is good! God bless you, and have a speedy recovery!
                                     
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                                    • Bill Monk

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                                      Acknowledging our failures is the beginning of repentance. No one can understand WHY? You hear a lot about faith, as far as I am concerned, real faith is trusting GOD, understand it or not, to trust that GOD knows best and he is always right.

                                      Isaiah 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
                                       
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                                        Thank GOD! I back slide some times too. The best part is because of his son we can ask and receive forgiveness. It is good to hear your on the mend.
                                         
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                                          When we humble ouselvourbefore the Lord we are blessed with his Grace. May you have a speedy recovery.
                                           
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