Posts Tagged ‘prostate cancer’

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month 2020

September 5, 2020

As the ninth month of the year continues to unfold, we sound the trumpet to alert the public that September has been designated as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. as we focus on this important health concern among American men.

About 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime. Last year, over 170,000 men received such a diagnosis. Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men, especially in African American men. However, prostate cancer develops mainly in older men. About 6 out of 10 cases are diagnosed in men aged 65 or older, and it is rare before age 40. The average age at the time of diagnosis is about 66.

Although prostate cancer can be a serious disease, the good news is that most men diagnosed with prostate cancer do not die from it—”I am a living witness!” In fact, in the United States, more than 2.9 million men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives are still alive today. A diagnosis of prostate cancer or any other cancer or debilitating disease is not a “death sentence,” but it can be a “life sentence” to build your faith and trust in God.

During National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, we remember those we have lost to prostate cancer and celebrate survivors, as we renew our commitment to preventing, detecting, and treating this frequently occurring illness. During September, we encourage men to have a health check-up and talk to their doctor about prostate cancer. In fact, September 17 is also designated Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day. Light blue is the color of the ribbon bringing attention to prostate cancer.

Blue signifies the blue skies or the life-giving air and often symbolizes hope or good health. As the poet proclaims:

pastel blue
lighter, brighter
subtle twinge
of powder blue
like Betty Lou
hop-scotchin
up to sky blue
and back

As a prostate cancer survivor, I recognize the personal significance of September as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Receiving a diagnosis of prostate cancer in 2000 was life-changing for me, as I asked God what to do. He gave me a holistic strategy, a battle plan, that took me down the road less traveled by that ultimately led to my being not just as a survivor but more than a conqueror. I share my testimony in Embracing Your Life Sentence: How to Turn Life’s Greatest Tragedies into Your Greatest Triumphs. The book closes with an original poem of celebration with Romans 8:37 as its introduction, expressing my new identity not, just during Prostate Cancer Awareness Month but every day I draw breath:

Embracing Your Life Sentence–
More than a Conqueror


Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors
and gain an overwhelming victory through Him
who loved us [so much that He died for us].

Romans 8:37 (AMP)


Embracing Your Life Sentence, more than a conqueror,
Defying the odds as a brave conquistador.
Despite intense pressure, I learn to rest in grace,
More than enough to withstand the daily tests I face,
Not merely to survive but to thrive even more.

A mighty warrior, triumphant super-victor
With a cause, prepared not to die but to live for.
At times I fell behind but fought to keep the pace:
Embracing Your Life Sentence, more than a conqueror,

To fulfill all the will of God and then to soar
To heights sublime where I have never been before.
Overcomer, bearing light in the darkest place,
I still fight the good fight, as I finish my race,
Moving forward, seeking to find the next open door:
Embracing Your Life Sentence, more than a conqueror,

We close with the Rend Collection reinforcing the message “More than Conquerors”:

My book is available through Amazon.com and wherever books are sold and through my website: https://lonnelledwardjohnson.com. Check out another tribute to Prostate Cancer Awareness Month on Medium.com and celebrate the goodness and the grace of God with me.

Dr. J is celebrating as not just a survivor but more than a conqueror.

By bread alone: poetic inspiration

July 12, 2014

Luke-4-4

The Verse of the Day for July 12, 2014 is found in Matthew 4:4 in the New International Version:

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

The King James Version renders the verse in this way:

But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

The verse is also rendered in a similar way in Luke 4:4

And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

The phrase “by bread alone” brings to mind an experience that occurred five years ago when I participated in a clinical trial involving men with prostate cancer and two types of special bread: Soy and Almond. This particular study involved men diagnosed with prostate cancer with a slightly rising PSA. I learned about the program from my urologist Dr. Stephen Clinton, but at the time of my interest my PSA score had gone down, and I was not eligible. At that time, however, a recent doctor’s visit indicated a slight increase in my PSA, and I met with Beth Grainger, nutritionist and OSU faculty member, who explained the program in more detailed, and I decided to enroll.

As I was returning from my first visit with Beth, I smiled as a particular phrase came to mind: “. . . by bread alone.” This, of course, is part of Jesus Christ’s response to the first prong of the temptation in the wilderness, whereby the Devil attempts to get the Savior to turn stones into bread. With each temptation Jesus responds with “It is written,” as Christ counters with Scripture, in this first instance, from a passage from the Pentateuch, specifically from Deuteronomy 8:2-3:

 2And you shall remember all the way which the LORD your God led you these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you, and to prove you, to know what was in your heart, whether would keep his commandments, or no.

3And he humbled you, and suffered you to hunger, and fed you with manna, which you did not know, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make you know that man does not live by bread only, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD.

Here God reminds Israel of their 40-year sojourn in the wilderness where He proved them and taught them a valuable lesson, the essence of which Jesus repeats after having been in the wilderness for 40 days and 40 nights without food when he responds, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”

Later I composed this poem inspired by the phrase “by bread alone” which is found in the Old Testament as well as the Gospels:

By Bread Alone

And he humbled you, and suffered you to hunger,     

and fed you with manna, which you did not,

neither did your fathers know; that he might make you know

that man does not live by bread only, but by every word that

proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD.

Deuteronomy 8:3

 

But he answered and said, It is written,

Man shall not live by bread alone, but by

every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.

Matthew 4:4

 

We find that the Word of the Lord so plainly reveals

This profound truth: that “man shall not live by bread alone.”

When tempted Jesus responded, and thus he made known

How we can triumph in life’s most arduous ordeal,

As we come to know that God alone is good.

Each day we are sustained not only with daily bread

But by every word that proceeds from God’s mouth instead,

For we esteem His Word more than necessary food.

During this time of the soy-almond bread clinical trial,

I am still watching and waiting, looking above,

Ever striving to please the Master, serving in love,

Knowing that all my efforts will someday be worthwhile.

In yet another instance, I learn what faith reveals:

It is Jehovah Rapha, the Lord, my God, who heals.

 

The Bill Gaither Trio offer “Man Can’t Live by Bread Alone”

The closing couplet of the poem “By Bread Alone” brings to mind a song that has come to mean so much to me in the years following my diagnosis of prostate cancer in 2000: “I am the Lord that Healeth Thee.”