Sheryls CC Adventure

Summary of the last 4 weeks....
9/23/2013 | Sheryl McGlochlin

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What an amazing ride I've been on for the past 4 weeks.

I was talking to Raena and Dave last night about this whole adventure and the very first moments of when it all began.

4 weeks ago today, Monday morning, Aug. 26, 8:30 AM, when Dr. Ryser came back in to our little hospital room to give Dave and I the results of my colonoscopy, as soon as he mentioned Colon Cancer, it's interesting to now hear the thoughts that immediately start running through our minds.  

In Dave's mind, he told me last night, he was fighting the thought and possibility of me dying from this, and didn't want to go there. 

In my mind, I was immediately thinking, "so does this mean I can't go to Lake Powell next week or Maui in 8 weeks?"

It's interesting to look back and think about your initial thoughts.

One thing I do know:  I have great faith - Faith in my Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.  I always have. I know they know me and they love me and they want me to succeed in all of my righteous desires.  I have faith in the power of prayer.  I pray often, all the time, for many years I have been a big believer in the power of prayer.  I have had many prayers answered - big and little, over the course of my life.

Bottom line: 

  • 4 weeks ago today I found out about this life changing news and yes I think it has been very "life changing"!
  • 18 days ago I went, on schedule, to Lake Powell hiking, kayaking and stand up paddle surfing with my Outdoor Adventure Group
  • 13 days ago I had 12 inches of colon removed from surgery with one main 2 inch incision and 4 other small incisions
  • 10 days ago I found out the cancer did not spread anywhere else in my body, that the surgeon got it ALL, and I don't need further treatment.  I'm considered a Stage 2 Cancer survivor!
  • 2 days ago I went hiking again with my group up in the East Canyon area (Mormon Trail, near Big Mountain) - a much easier hike of course

Suffice it to say that I know I am a very blessed women who has a lot to be grateful for. 

I am especially grateful for the inner peace and assurance that everything would be OK. 

It has for sure strengthened my relationship with my Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, since this is the source of where all of my inner peace and comfort has come from.  I know they know me well, they care about me, they love me and they have a work for me to do on this earth. I am very grateful for this knowledge AND for all the ways that they have helped me prepare for this experience in my life.

The more I can stand back a little bit and look at the big picture, the more I can see how I have been preparing for such a life changing experience like this. 

Mostly I am extremely grateful that I have surrounded myself with so many good people in my life.  When the bottom falls out from under you, the most important thing you can hope for, I think, is to be surrounded by people who will help you through difficult times, and I am a very rich person in this area of my life.   

My motto that I try hard to live by (which doesn't come easy sometimes) comes from the lyrics of a popular LDS hymn that I sing in church often,  "Lord, I would follow thee.'

  1. 1. Savior, may I learn to love thee,
    Walk the path that thou hast shown,
    Pause to help and lift another,
    Finding strength beyond my own.
    Savior, may I learn to love thee-
    Lord, I would follow thee.
  2. 2. Who am I to judge another
    When I walk imperfectly?
    In the quiet heart is hidden
    Sorrow that the eye can't see.
    Who am I to judge another?
    Lord, I would follow thee.

    3. I would be my brother's keeper
    I would learn the healer's art.
    To the wounded and the weary
    I would show a gentle heart.
    I would be my brother's keeper-
    Lord, I would follow thee.

  3. 4. Savior, may I love my brother
    As I know thou lovest me,
    Find in thee my strength, my beacon,
    For thy servant I would be.
    Savior, may I love my brother-
    Lord, I would follow thee.
Text: Susan Evans McCloud, b. 1945. (c) 1985 IRI
Music: K. Newell Dayley, b. 1939. (c) 1985 IRI