Posted by: geolocke | 2015/06/06

Braving the Storm

Today, June 6th, 2015 is the 71st anniversary of D-Day when the liberation of Europe from the Nazi madness began. Many of our parents and grandparents braved the fierce storms of battle that day to gain a foothold on the beaches of Normandy, France.

Today is also the 9th anniversary of Tropical Storm Alberto bringing heavy rains and high winds to eastern North Carolina and many fought to secure their property and lives against the raging of that storm. On that very same day I braved the storm outside and my own storm raging within me and entered Duke Medical Center to undergo surgery to remove a tumor from inside one of my eyes.

Discovery of the tumor was completely unexpected. My regular eye doctor noticed something odd-looking during a routine examination and she recommended that I have a specialist check it out. The folks at Duke’s Albert Eye institute grew very concerned when they looked into my eye and that started a flurry of activity involving testing and scanning and all kinds of uncomfortable poking and prodding.

I set about learning all I could about eye cancer but soon learned that the typical life expectancy of eye cancer patients is three years after removal of the eye and receiving treatments. I realized that there was nothing I could do at this point except pray to God to give me the strength to accept the outcome, whatever it was. There comes a point in some situations when the only words of prayer that are left are “your Will be done.”

My Oncologist/Surgeon thought that there was a chance that my tumor might be benign (an adenoma, about 4 in 1,000 cases) so they elected to leaved my eye in place and perform a radical surgery to remove the tumor instead. The surgery was a success even considering the scars and ongoing impairment to my vision. When the biopsy report came back negative, I broke down and wept in relief. Since then I have tried to live my life in thanksgiving for all that God has done for me, mindful of the great mercy that was shown to me in those days.

It is a day full of storms in history for me, but this morning I am able to look out upon a beautiful sunrise and see green trees against a blue sky, along with some of God’s little creatures that have blessed me by their company. I am so very thankful to God for placing me in the care of Dr. ‘M’ and his whole surgical team and all who cared for me leading up to that day and in the years following my surgery. They saved my eye, my sight and very possibly my life.

Some storms in life you can see coming and you can prepare for them and go out to meet and fight against them, trusting to God and your strength to carry you through to victory. Some storms in life you can only prepare for as best as possible and then ride them out, trusting in God to keep you safe until the storm passes. And some storms in life catch you by surprise and all you can do is place yourself at the mercy of God and ride the torrents of the storm wherever they carry you, offering yourself to God in confidence that whatever the physical outcome of the storm, good or bad, you will be kept safe in God’s infinite Mercy.

May God Bless you all and keep you all safe from the storms in your lives.



  1. Beautiful!!!!!

    Sent from my iPhone



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