A ray of hope

On April 6, 2011, in Uncategorized, by Joseph

I walked in to a n informational meeting for the Knights of Columbus (we’re trying to start a Council at the Cathedral here in Portland—we’re real close to our 30 members now, by the way! Anyway, the first person I ran into was Greg, one of our transfers from Beaverton. He asked me about the job hunt, and I told him my news. He told me not to worry about that. Find a job, he says, and when I need to move, we’ll make it work.

I am taking that as a message from a bit higher authority: Focus on treating the cancer and getting back on my feet. God will take care of the rest. I needed that, I’ve been a bit depressed about the whole thing. Time to stop being depressed, there’s work to be done.


Good results, but bad news

On April 5, 2011, in Uncategorized, by Joseph

So I wound up spending pretty much the whole day dealing with medical stuff, most of it waiting. The good news is that the MRI showed nothing—sort of. There’s something my doctor noted about a bone, but he didn’t seem terribly concerned about it. I’ve asked for a copy of the results, which I’ll have probably in a day or two.

While I was waiting, I received a call from a person with the Oregon Work Incentives Network. As regular readers know, I’m a blind guy, and I’m unemployed. I’m on just about every public assistance program out there, and I don’t want to be. I just want a job, to live where I want, and to pay my taxes like everyone else.

The problem is that if you are in public housing, getting a job that pays a little, but not a lot, disqualifies you immediately from the subsidy, but doesn’t guarantee you enough income to afford the “market rent” (which is 120% of what a similar apartment in the same place would cost). That means an entry-level job could make you homeless.

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The waiting game continues

On April 5, 2011, in Uncategorized, by Joseph

As I type this, I am sitting in the waiting room of my oncologist. It may be quite awhile before I’m seen, this place is packed today. And I’m nervous. Whenever I finally am seen, it should be pretty quick. The doctor will look at the incision site, note it has healed quite nicely, has very little redness from radiation, and is generally doing as well as one can expect.

Then down to brass tacks. What did the MRI’s show? I’ve been waiting for that answer now for a week. Probably nothing, but maybe there really is something to worry about?

The only way I have found to mitigate this kind of anxiety even a little is to pray and to trust in God. Whatever result there is, it fits his plan. He never gives us more than we can handle—though sometimes I sure wish his estimation of my abilities was nit quite so high. 😉

I could use a few prayers right now, if any of you, my faithful readers, can spare a moment to offer them. Thanks! :)


Praying for a good woman

On April 2, 2011, in Uncategorized, by Joseph

Last year when I was recovering from surgery, I could not attend mass. After a few weeks I could actually go, but the wound vac would likely fall apart if I got warm at all in the winter. Since that never happens in Oregon in the summer, it was necessary to have the eucharist come to me since I could not go to it. A kind older woman by the name of Theresa brought me communion during that time.

I recently learned that Theresa is presently in Palm Springs…fighting a type of cancer that appears in bone marrows. If you would be so kind, please pray for her.

Thanks guys!


The waiting game

On April 1, 2011, in Uncategorized, by Joseph

It’s that time, folks! It’s time to play the waiting game. Wednesday I spent most of the day at the hospital because I had two MRIs and radiation treatment. That’s a few hours laying on an uncomfortable table getting cooked from the inside out! Not what I’d call a fun and exciting day, and I still don’t know anything, and I won’t until Tuesday.

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