The day I was told you’ve got cancer was darker than the other side of the moon.
Ministry life had been skipping along as usual.
However, my annual blood tests regime showed my PSA reading was trending high. A possible sign of prostate cancer.
My Doctor arranged a biopsy and my new year equilibrium was shattered by my dark side of the moon day.
After getting a second opinion I decide to proceed with invasive surgery and have my prostate removed.
Surgery presented genuine risks.
Severe incontinence and sexual dysfunction were possibilities and countenancing these dreaded outcomes took an emotional toll.
Thankfully I came through the procedure without those dreaded side effects and eleven years later I remain cancer free.
How do you survive traumatic scenarios like a cancer diagnosis and continue to thrive in ministry?
I pastored in our church for 30 years and during that time I not only survived cancer but mind-bending depression and my wife’s burnout. How do you avoid being crushed by the relentless toll of ministry especially when life throws you curve balls?
One of the more traumatic seasons of my life was a relational breakdown with a key mentor that led to 15 months of dark depression during which I suffered suicidal thoughts.[Read more…]