Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

March 27, 2014

Finding the strength to overcome obstacles in our lives

By SCOTT WILSON
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — In the book of Mark, the 11th chapter, the 24th verse, the Bible reads, “Therefore, I say to you whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”

I am writing this column to ask you to join me in prayer.  On Friday (today), I will undergo lung surgery at Skyline Medical Center in Madison, Tenn.

A little over a month ago I had a CT scan of my chest and a spot, about the size of a dime, was found on my right lung.

Because I have a history of cancer in my family, my doctor immediately began a battery of tests and doctor visits.

I have had multiple tests and procedures, and have been examined by multiple doctors. I’ve seen family doctors, oncologists and surgeons.

Unfortunately, everything so far points to the fact I may have cancer.

Each doctor has told me positive tests don’t always mean cancer. The spot could be just a benign cyst, scar tissue or even an infection.

My wife and I are grabbing hold of that possibility and holding on to it for dear life. I think not knowing is the hardest part of this whole situation.

I was given an option of not doing anything and just keeping an eye on the spot to see if it grows. I was also given the option of having just a biopsy, with the understanding that a biopsy is not 100 percent conclusive, either. I was also given a third option of surgery.

My wife and I decided to have surgery.

I am OK with whatever happens in this situation. I haven’t lost a minute of sleep over this because I know God is in control.

God talks a lot about prayer in the Bible and that’s why I ask for your prayers for my healing. I also ask you to pray for my wife, Vicki. Not only am I going through this cancer scare, but she is going through it, too.

You know, it is kind of crazy, but I believe this whole issue has actually been a good thing for me.

It has grabbed my attention to consider what things in my life are actually important.

I think my faith in God has grown stronger. We all know people who have battled cancer and you never really know how you’re going to react until you actually hear you may have it.

I figure there isn’t a whole lot I can do about it, so my only real option is to put it in God’s hands.

This issue has also, I believe, strengthened my marriage.

I have been married to a WONDERFUL woman for almost 14 years and she has been terrific through all of this. I couldn’t get through this without her.

Again, thank you so much for your prayers. I appreciate them more than you know.

While I am away from the office, I ask that you continue to report all sports news, scores, stats, story ideas, etc.

You can call the office number at 270-678-5171 and give your scores over the phone.

You can also send the information to any of the following emails: jbrown@glasgowdailytimes.com, dpike@glasgowdailytimes.com or  lsstrange@glasgowdailytimes.com.