As some of you know, God rewrote the script for Mr. and Mrs. Squier’s autumn 2011. On October 2nd we moved down to Loma Linda, California and on October 3rd David began his 1st prostate cancer treatment. We anticipate returning to southern Oregon sometime during the week of December 5th.
So often we hear, “We’re so sorry,” when folks learn about David’s cancer. The truth be told ‘so sorry’ isn’t needed in the Proton Department at Loma Linda Medical Center. Treatments last approximately fifteen minutes, five days a week for nine weeks. They’re painless without the side effects of fatigue, nausea, hair loss, etc.
A brotherhood quickly develops amongst the 100 to 150 patients treated each day. We enjoy Tuesday nite potlucks, Wednesday nite educational/inspirational speakers, weekly doctor’s appointments, and regular workouts at a world-class athletic center. All part of the program.
Come to find out prostate cancer is a common reality for men over fifty. Annual PSA tests are important for an early diagnosis. We thank the Lord that David’s cancer was caught early. We thank the Lord for leading us to Loma Linda.
We are eager to spread the word to family and friends.
Men: be sure and get your PSA checked annually. And consider proton therapy as a strong treatment option. Learn more at http://www.protons.com/proton-therapy/conditions-treated/pelvis.html Call 866-285-6728 and request a DVD about the program and the book You Can Beat Prostate Cancer and You Don’t Need Surgery to Do It by Robert Marckini, a prostate cancer survivor. Or contact the Squiers.
We appreciate Loma Linda’s commitment to treating the whole person. David and I applaud the upfront spiritual component; we are comforted daily by the cross on the front of the hospital building. And I love Nathan Greene’s art on the walls of the lobby depicting Jesus visibly present in the multi-facets of medicine.
Could it be? Yes it’s true. I, the Queen of Hyperbole, and David, the King of Understatement, agree that these two plus months of David’s prostate cancer treatment are amongst the best in our 43 years of marriage.
Cancer is so limited –
It cannot cripple love, shatter hope, corrode faith, destroy peace. It cannot kill friendship, suppress memories, silence courage, invade the soul. It cannot steal God’s gift of eternal life; it cannot quench the Holy Spirit. It cannot lessen the power of the resurrection.
(Thanks Cousin Sue for sending us this quote early on)
And thanks Rachel Olstad for your recent comment: I love how God is using cancer for His Glory!
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JUDY SQUIER has authored His Majesty in Brokenness, Living in the Names of God and the Living in the Names Bible Study. Husband David and she have three adult daughters, three sons-in-law and seven grandchildren. Never did Mr. and Mrs. Squier dream that their long-awaited golden wedding anniversary would coincide with David’s memorial service. Judy resides in southern Oregon, alone, yet not alone. Thanks to the Good Shepherd!