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Weeks…Not Months

Today we met with Dr. Jahan for the last time.  Dan asked, “Can you give me an estimate of how long I have?”  Dr. Jahan, with great compassion in his eyes said, “We can’t say for sure. There is no way to know.”  Dan asked, “Can I expect to have a short burst of energy, and then go?”  Jahan replied, “No. Your energy level will lessen day by day until you go to sleep and don’t wake up. ”

Dan continued asking questions. At last, Dr. Jahan decided to give Dan a time frame. “if you just had a sarcoma, you might possibly have six months.  But given that the sarcoma is so close to your heart, you probably only have a few weeks.  The tumor may cause interference with your electrical system.  If that happens, it will be like flipping a switch…and it will be over.”  Dan was quiet for a few moments, and then said, “I finally understand the reality of the situation.  Thank you.”

Dr. Jahan counseled, “Do not wait until you feel like doing things.  Prioritize what you need to do.  Begin tomorrow training Anne about your accounting system and whatever else you want her to know.  Take it in small steps, but do it now.”   Dan prepared detailed information for me before his first surgery in January, ’08.  But now, it is time to take me through it step by step.

While we waited for our ride, I read Dan the devotional for today in GOD CALLING, by A.J. Russell.  It says, “Turn out all thoughts of doubt and of trouble….What greater treasures can you have than Peace, Rest and Joy?  These are all stolen from you by doubt and fear, and despair….Face the storm….Joy, Peace, Love, all three My great gifts.  Follow me to find all three….Real joy and victory come only to those alone who sense these when they ride a storm....”

Say, ‘All is well.’…not as a vain repetition. Use it as you would a healing balm for  a cut or a wound until the poison is drawn out.  Then, until the sore is healed, then, until the thrill of fresh life floods your being.  All is well.” — Anne and Dan

Dan and Anne 'Together'

Dan and Anne 'Together'

 

My Little Sister, Comfort, and me, Kumasi, Ghana, W. Africa, 2003

My Little Sister, Comfort, and me, Kumasi, Ghana, W. Africa, 2003

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dick, Hanny (from Holland) and Dan - true friends for 49 years

Dick, Hanny (from Holland) and Dan - true friends for 49 years

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