Sunday, July 15, 2012
CANCER SAVED MY MARRIAGE -- a personal journey with Verne Strickland.
CANCER WALk . . . Cancer Saved My Marriage
I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma about six months ago, and guided by God to Dr. William McNulty, a gifted, board-certified oncologist at Hanover Hematology/Oncology in Wilmington, NC.
The cancer struck in my hips and pelvic region, rendering me almost unable to walk. Multiple Myeloma is a form of bone cancer. If detected early, it has the reputation of being treatable. If not, it can be a stealthy marauder, ravaging skeletal systems, and threatening life and limb.
I turned 75 this year, but have enjoyed very good health most of my life. Tried to watch my diet, curb cholesterol, do light weight training, and stay off the smokes, which I quit over thirty years ago.
But then this "thing" happened. Quite suddenly I had to curtail all my activities. I was grounded. My energy plummeted. I had no appetite, and my weight dropped markedly. Before I knew it, I was down to within five pounds of what I scaled in at when I was in boot camp at Fort Jackson fifty years ago.
I dropped out of sight. Could not function. Early onset of Alzheimer's worsened, and I was often confused and inarticulate. I couldn't think. To my family the change was evident, and alarming. We were all concerned. I didn't announce to friends until later what was going on. I didn't know what was happening -- only that it was serious.