I would REALLY LIKE to send you a link to my friend Jared’s blog about his trip to Zambia to treat sick people with his lovely wife Hannah… Jared and Hannah are both Doctory type people… BUT, as much as I would REALLY want you to visit their blog about it – I have the much less enjoyable task of suggesting you visit Jared’s Boredom Blog which he is writing as he undergoes Chemotherapy to treat the bowel cancer that was discovered just prior to their scheduled departure date (on the day before his Birthday too!!!)…
Jared and Hannah are “big-picture” people and are realistically, but positively facing up to the journey they are on together. Today I shared a brief part of that journey and found encouragement where there could easily and understandably have been sorrow… there may be much pain, a bit of doubt and a few hard-questions, but I see little DESPAIR… Full credit to Hannah and Jared. If you are the praying type, I am sure they would happily appreciate a few on their behalf! 🙂
Please do visit Jared’s blog – we can never know what it is like to be in his shoes… but reading through the things that Jared is processing gives you an appreciation of the processes and lifestyle that facing up to Cancer involves. The drugs, the set-backs and minor triumphs all contribute to what I am sure is one crazy and challenging roller-coaster ride. You won’t find any “Woe is Me” stuff on there… just basic bits and pieces of the world that Jared is navigating at the moment – things he finds funny, useful or interesting on a daily basis… every now and then you will harvest an amazing pearl of wisdom or insight that might just change your life.
I have the upmost respect for this amazing couple (that would kick me if I put them on some crazy pedestal) – they are living out the kind of lifestyle that I hope we all can aspire to – a life where nothing is taken for granted and everything is appreciated. There is a great quote in Shawshank Redemption when Red confronts life on the outside… he says: “You can get busy living, or you can get busy dying”… I think I know what life Jared has chosen!