The Miracle of Radiation - Pappy's Pen #11

*Note - This article was written by Kevin Dougherty. This post is part of a continuing series called Pappy’s Pen where he writes about his family, faith and recent cancer diagnosis. *

*Note - This article was written by Kevin Dougherty. This post is part of a continuing series called Pappy’s Pen where he writes about his family, faith and recent cancer diagnosis.*

Tomorrow is the day I start the first of my 5 radiation treatments for prostate cancer.  And even though I know people are going to be upset by my saying it I’m going to say it.  I think I got my miracle.  In fact I’m pretty darn sure of it.  So why do I think they’ll be upset.  Because it’s not your average run of the mill miracle.  No angels, well not like you think.  No awesome display of power. No rules of nature being overturned.  Just God working through circumstances to get the job done.

Two months ago I was faced with a decision between having surgery; which meant enduring 4-6 weeks off of work, pain, catheters, diapers, loss of bladder control, possible loss of manly functions, and more.  Or 9 weeks of daily radiation treatment, which meant 9 weeks of no life except radiation treatment, fatigue, possible hormone shots, and more.

Instead out of nowhere I got the option of 5 treatments with very minimal side effects.  A cure rate of 99.999% over 5 years. Treatment given by some of the nicest, non-judgmental and most caring people you can imagine (my angels).  My wife being very caring and supportive, although those who know her should not be surprised by this.  And my kids lining up to go with my wife and me to the treatments like it was a privilege for them.  Wanting to help and truly caring.  Again, those who know them would not be surprised.  

Don’t forget all the people praying.  I really didn’t know and couldn’t imagine all the people who care.  People I haven’t ever met who say they are praying. People who I haven’t talked to for a long time.  It really means a lot and I sincerely thank you.  And I’ve gotten to share my experiences and thoughts with a lot of people.

I don’t know if the cancer is gone or still there.  Nobody has checked since my biopsy.  But I know it will be gone 5 treatments from now.  Without the nasty side effects and long term recovery.  

Don’t tell me it’s not a miracle.