Today has been a very full day but an enjoyable one.
This morning I attended a potluck breakfast and a program at church. I think that’s the biggest breakfast I have ever eaten! Everything was delicious. After breakfast we heard a very inspirational talk by a terminal cancer survivor, speaker and author, Joshua Goodling of Atlanta, Georgia. (www.joshuagooding.com)
At age four Joshua began having swelling under his jaw. The doctor removed his lymph nodes but it did not reduce the swelling. Then there was another operation a few weeks later to remove his tonsils. Again, this did not help. A few weeks later he had a third operation to take a biopsy of the swelling. They determined that he had a malignant tumor called rhabdomyosarcoma. The doctor said that he did not know of anyone who had ever lived through it and gave Joshua only a week to live. The cancer, radiation and chemotherapy partially paralyzed his vocal chords and soft palate, which makes it difficult for him to speak. The radiation killed his growth hormone and stunted his growth; he is not quite five feet tall. His cancer has not returned, however, and he is now 44 years old and has a full head of thick hair! He has such a positive attitude and can be quite funny.
After lunch I attended Margaret Crow’s 70th birthday party given by her children at the Salem Lutheran Church in southeast Austin. It was founded in 1888. The original church has been updated and is very beautiful inside. Again, we didn’t lack for nourishment! Her birthday cake was pretty. It was nice meeting Margaret’s family and some of her other friends.