I have not written a blog post since September 2020 when I was diagnosed with lung cancer, a sobering moment in my life. I was then living in the unknown and thought it best to take a break for an operation, maybe more treatment, recovery time, and my mortality.
I had my biopsy in September, and on October 14, the surgeon removed the upper third of my left lung. They found no more cancer. The surgery was laparoscopic (noninvasive), so I have only two one-inch (almost invisible) scars on my chest. I was home in two days.
The next day my wife and I were able to resume a shortened version of our daily walk. Then in February we skied for two weeks at Lake Tahoe. My six-month checkup in April 2021showed I was still cancer free. I am a lucky man!
We have honored the COVID-19 lockdown and received our vaccinations, but with part of my lung missing, we have played it extra safe. In June 2021 we started in-person socializing with vaccinated family and friends. It was so refreshing to hug our family and break bread together.
I intended to restart my blog much sooner, but when the pandemic began, I decided to write another book that has been nagging at me. The working title is The Elixir of Life: It’s Radical. It will be a workbook centered on the power of change, transformation, and agape for those who want to grow in their faith. My editor just gave it back to me for another rewrite.
During the pandemic I also started what might be called a dairy entitled “The Anne and Bil Love Story.” We have been married for over sixty years and have had some great and not-so-great experiences. We both have enjoyed revisiting our wonderful past. Annie has been diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment and is struggling with remembering, so having our stories written down has been most helpful to her and brought back so many treasured memories.
During the last eleven months, our world went in some interesting directions with bizarre outcomes. So many times, I have wanted to react but wasn’t quite ready to restart the process of blogging. I am now, thanks to a push from longtime friends.
I think the most difficult part of this isolation has been not being with people. Zoom, the internet, and the phone were helpful but not the same. Maybe in a few months we can all interact in person if people behave and are vaccinated.
In light of that, I have planned to do some preaching through my courses: (1) The Historical Jesus, (2) The Power of Agape, and (3) Christians for the Abolition of Prisons.
I also have a list of possible provocative subjects to use for my blog. The first is going to be about the pandemic of pandemics.
Stay tuned and thanks for reading my blog posts, which will appear every other week for now.
Peace Love Joy Hope
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