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Sharing the Dread
by James Johnston
Thursday, July 07, 2011
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As I was awaiting my turn in a doctor’s office today, my thoughts drifted back to very dark days in my life. My primary care doctor advised me to seek help from a specialist for diagnosis of symptoms he was unable to pinpoint. This event inspired the following narrative of my experience, together with some sound advice for those currently experiencing this dreadful malady and those who could be a future victim. This recent picture shows my dear sister and I racing shopping carts in Walmart.

In a doctor’s waiting room

Drowsing, squirming to be free

From these dreaded words of doom

Another drawn out time for me


Trying hard to make my mind

Focus on a good report

Hoping that they did not find

Symptoms of the last resort


Then my turn to see the Doc

Arrived at last and so I went

To get the news that would not rock

The world to me the Lord has sent


The doctor ordered  tests complete

To define the way that he should go

To determine how that he should treat

A tumor that was sure to grow


Lymphoma was the word he used

Non-Hodgkins  was the type he said

This caused my mind to feel abused

Not wanting  to be declared dead


My Lord and Savior  took control

And guided me to best of care

Now ten years later I am whole

My life’s adversities to share


If you should care to hear my plea 

Lift your chin and take advice

From one who knows that somehow we

Can live our lives with things so nice


Advice from me is so sublime

Let go, Let God”  is all you need

To heed the words that “In His Time

Will guide your way to Him indeed

Copyright © 2011 James Johnston












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Reviewed by Marjorie Baker (Reader) 7/12/2011
Those days changed both our lives. We had met at Scott & White Clinic in Temple, TX for a diagnosis. When we left, you drove North to Longview and I drove West to Bandera to pack and move to be near you. It seems that so much of our lives have been a blend of the best of times and the worst of times. And the good times just keep on coming.
Job well done! Sis
Reviewed by Michelle Mead 7/7/2011
Excellent message and one we all need to be reminded of. Thank you for sharing this personal poem.
Reviewed by Joy Hale 7/7/2011
Thank you for sharing this dread from your heart and influencing all of us to take heed and take care of ourselves. Praise God that the outcome was positive; all is and will be in Gods timing. A heartfelt write from someone who has "been there and done that!"
God's blessings,

Joy L. Hale
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 7/7/2011
Wow! I can surely sense the indecision, dread, and doubt, but glad the outcome "in God's hands" was a good one. So who won the shopping cart race? God bless...

Be always safe,

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