Prayers we need, certainly in all circumstances. Particularly now for Brian Duty, age 31. Brian’s mother, Cheryl is my wife Diane’s twin sister. Brian, his brother Paul, Cheryl and Dale live in Manchaca, immediately south of Austin.
I had shared that Brian has been diagnosed with brain cancer. Cheryl and Dale and Diane met with the oncologist last night, in Brian’s hospital room. The pathologist report of the brain biopsy identified the cancer, Aplastic-Astrocytoma, Stage III. Because it is a rare cancer their oncologist’s sending the pathology report to the Mayo Clinic. Once they respond, a medical protocol will be learned and followed.
Many words come to mind, heart and soul. Certainly this is a time to be present in caring. This is a time for prayer. A couple of you have written, with such power and poignancy, about friends of yours who’ve had this same cancer, or something close called glioblastoma. You have shared your kindness. So grateful. So very grateful.
Of course we don’t know what’s ahead. We certainly will not tell Brian we know how he feels. That’s not for us to know. But. We hope Brian knows he’s not alone, we hope Brian knows he’s not a stranger to God, we hope Brian will not ponder the length of his life. No. Rather, no less than any of us will focus more deeply on the quality of his living.
We are with him. I ask. Please include Brian Duty in your prayers. But also pray for yourself and give your full energy to the quality of your living. I know that very prayer will be the voice of my heart and soul. Hopefully for you also.