Interesting and thought provoking thread. Logos, thank you for mentioning "Devils Logic". I'll take a different theological tack. The idea that God "gives" us cancer to teach us something is another reprehensible bit of theology. It's called theodicy, which is defined as the attempt to answer the question, "why would a good God allow bad things to happen to us?"
I vastly prefer my basic Calvinism. God is Sovereign, and does not answer to me. I can ask for answers, knowing that I may not get any answer. There is sin in the world, and bad things happen because they do. My job, in all of this, is to accept the reality of my situation. It is what it is. Another wise writer I'm familiar with wrote, "acceptance is the answer to all my problems today".
This means I neither understate my situation, nor should I overstate it. The idea that cancer makes me stronger is a bunch of baloney. If I can use my perspective to help others, that's a good thing.
Good conversation, guys.
Age at Diagnosis: 56
PSA:3.3(lowered by saw palmetto)-pre 2012 <1.0, 2013 2.0, 2014 3.3
Biopsy: 3 of 12, G3+3, all on LT side, 20%, 5%, 3%
Clinical Stage T1C
Bone Scan, CT scan negative for spread
RALP on 2/17/15, BJC St. Louis, Dr. Figenshau
No EPE, 20% organ involvement, g3+4 final
PSA 3/10/15: 0.10
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