Well he did it! He finished the first phase of chemo and radiation. Can I get a HALLELUJAH!? I have never been so proud of a person in my entire life. He came out of the radiation facility with some flowers (so manly) and his radiation mask. They asked him if he wanted to keep his mask when he was all done. Of course, from the beginning of the process, this was something he was very excited about… taking that mask home. Let me tell you, this isn’t just a little mask… IT’S HUGE! To get a better mental image… when he puts it on, he could be twins with Nacho Libre. While my mom was driving, she looked in the review mirror and screamed. I turned around and my dad was just sitting in the back seat with this honkin’ mask on. Classic Owen. So now, we have a mask of my dad’s face just sitting in our garage. Creepy… you could say so.
Also, my dad insisted on having his picture taken while he was getting his last radiation done. I laugh every time I think of my dad asking the radiation doctor to take a picture of him. Can you imagine that conversation? “Uhhh.. do you mind taking a picture of me while I’m lying down in this huge tube?” I just wish I was there to witness how awkward that was. But all in all, after he was done, he came out with everything he wanted. His mask and pictures.
After his last treatment, we drove to Spokane to visit family. How do we celebrate this event… we decided to go to the North Idaho fair! Culture shock…REDNECK GALORE! Then my dad spotted something that caught his eye… the mechanical bull! So of course, GO BIG OR GO HOME. Literally days after finishing treatment, a person’s first instinct isn’t to ride a mechanical bull. But my dad is not the normal person. Determined, he rode THE BULL.
DETERMINATION, is the word that comes to my mind when I think of my Dad. He is determined not only to get through this trial, but to find the joy in it. He is seeking goodness through the pain. I keep thinking how? Where is the joy? Where do we start looking for JOY?
Usually when we think of joy we think of FAIRYTALES… HAPPILY EVER AFTERS… DISNEYLAND AKA- THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH. Those are words that you wouldn’t put together with BRAIN CANCER. The one thing that I have realized … GOD is Joy, and when we are completely consumed by the Lord, we experience Him… or in other words, we experience JOY. I know it’s hard to understand, but ITS SO TRUE. Joy is present when you are present with him… THE LORD.
Psalm 30:5 “…Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.”
The JOY that’s in my dad’s smile as he begins each day explains it all.