A Letter for the New Year

letterfornewyearmainI am reposting a letter written to our church by my wife, Ruth, in 2010. It was written the day before she had surgery for her brain tumor. She was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme, which is the most lethal form of brain cancer. The life-expectancy from diagnosis is 12-14 months. God has chosen to keep Ruth here with us. There was a reoccurrence of the cancer in October of this year. Our doctor at Duke has enrolled Ruth in a vaccine trial which has the goal of training her own immune system to attack the cancer.

This letter gives focus to all of us as we consider how we will spend our time in the upcoming year. Ruth's attitude continues unchanged to this day. She wants her life to honor God. Here is the letter:

Twenty-five days ago, on the first day of April, God got my attention with with a malignant brain tumor. It's been quite a month, and now I'm on my way to surgery, tomorrow morning. You all have been wonderful to us, loving and helping us in many ways, and we are very, very grateful for our church family.

[Read the rest of the article at Shepherd Press.]