Brief thoughts on a cancer diagnosis

I've been diagnosed with prostate cancer. I had an elevated PSA when I had my annual physical in late August. A follow on PSA test in late November was further elevated. I had a prostate biopsy last Monday (1/11) and received the results yesterday (1/18). I also had CAT scan yesterday. It is deemed an intermediate risk cancer with the recommendation to address the issue without waiting. I have 2 appointments upcoming next week: Monday with a radiologist who specializes in cancer. And then on Wednesday with a urologist surgeon. Based upon those meetings, we will be making a decision.
  • John Piper: Don't Waste Your Cancer is a helpful read.
  • Prior to receiving the news yesterday, Kathee and I resolved to praise the Lord no matter what the diagnosis. The Biblical basis for this is found in Habakkuk 3:17-18, "Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, And there be no herd in the stalls— Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation."
  • Romans 8:28 is still in the Bible ... it was there yesterday and it is there today!
  • I am confident that the Lord will accomplish His will in my life and in 46 years of being a Christian, He has never disappointed me!


  1. Will pray. BTW, noted you're working at Central now--congratulations.

  2. Brother Jim, I'll be praying for you from here in Spain. Andy

  3. My dad had this, too. Will pray for you--thanks for the good example to follow!

  4. nicole.lascurain@healthline.comAugust 5, 2016 at 11:38:00 AM CDT

    Hi Jim,

    First off, I came across your site and wanted to say thanks for providing a great cancer resource to the community.

    I thought you might find this useful infographic interesting, as it shows the detailed effects of chemotherapy in an interactive format: http://www.healthline.com/health/cancer/effects-on-body

    Naturally, I’d be delighted if you share this embeddable graphic on http://coldfusion-guy.blogspot.com/2016/01/brief-thoughts-on-cancer-diagnosis.html , and/or share it on social. Either way, keep up the great work Jim!

    All the best,

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