One of our church members, CW, had some persistent headaches several months ago and went in see his doctor for what he thought would be a routine check-up. This is what I shared in an earlier entry [near the end of October 07]:
CW is only in his 30s and a wonderful guy. In the past couple weeks, CW was experiencing some discomfort, dizziness, headaches, and general illness. I actually remember chatting with his wife about it couple Sundays ago – it wasn’t that big of a deal.
After couple visits to the doctors, CW went once more just this past Friday for an MRI for some clarity to his illness. And on Friday, he was told the reason why he was feeling so much discomfort and it was the absolute last thing he could have imagined. He was told that there was a tumor in his brain and that he needed to consult a neurosurgeon ASAP. And just like that, he is scheduled for surgery to remove that tumor in his brain this morning [Monday].
They removed three golf sizes worth of cancer from his brain. What was initially diagnosed to be benign cancer was erroneous…it was cancerous. It’s a rare form of cancer with a survival rate of 3%.
After couple months of treatments and endless visits to see doctors and specialists, CW continues to hope and persevere. Minhee and I had a chance to visit him, his wife, and their precious two children couple weeks ago. We went there to encourage him but walked away encouraged and ministered to through his honesty and courage.
Through his online journal, CW shared these words and they moved me to tears.
I really hope that my crazy ordeal can be a wakeup call to each of you to take a good look at your own lives. Don’t just see my situation as a sad situation and continue on with your own lives. Make sure that you are living the life you want.
I think that we all know that “life is short” and to “live every day to the fullest” – but none of us really understand the concept that until it is too late. No one makes changes to their lives until something drastic happens to their own lives or to someone very close to them. I hope that you can consider me as someone close to you and that my ordeal can cause you to reassess and make changes in your own life. Don’t put things off till tomorrow. Don’t always look toward tomorrow. Live in the moment. Don’t be afraid to live. We only get one shot at this life. Don’t screw it up. It’s not too late to make changes. Are you working too much? Are you spending enough time with your kids? Your parents? Your friends? Have you been putting off the family vacation too many years in a row? I want you all to take an honest look at your life – and ask the question: “Am I living my life the way I want it?”
As you feel led or prompted, pray for CW and his family. Additionally, I’d like to simply use his words to encourage us to live the life we want and are called to live as followers of Christ.