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Eric’s Sunday Sermon; Cancer

Updated on August 9, 2020
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Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

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Cancer causes good days and bad days. You can die from cancer. You can die of the cures for cancer. Personally I prefer Tropic of Cancer. And Cancer is a Zodiac sign. Even cancer has good things within the term. Cancer is basically a crab. (Latin) But I bet you just thought of cancer as a disease at first. Cancer is a constellation in the sky, Northern Hemisphere.

A bunch of people die every day from cancer. I survived a horrible stage 4 cancer and now I have another cancer just sitting around inside of me waiting for the chance to spread. This is a normal cancer found early by accident.

Let us get something straight. I get some misery but if my life is effected by cancer, bring it on. Not all cancers are the same and never a single person the same. Obviously this stinks for some but is good news for others. Ain’t that just life in a nutshell. I surthrive with cancer. Clearly that is nuts.

Now pick the time, place and the circumstance and drive your car over 100 mph. This everyone should do from time to time. But don’t go out and get cancer from time to time. I get depressed sometimes about having cancer so I go to yoga for cancer patients and see a cancer therapist. Both are awesome. (danged covid) Covid is danged here as I miss the comradery of yoga and the great chats with someone who gets the issues. Note that I do not call them “problems”. Hey, dying is a problem, it is the ultimate, kind of, losing. I do not like losing except sometimes with my youngest in soccer.

Here is a fun one. There is no expense spared in me eating really great health food. OK, it takes time to get used to, but once there it is great. It really only excludes pre-processed foods.

Stress is not good for a cancer person. So I get to avoid it. How cool is that? I have to get plenty of healthy exercise and make sure I spend time in nature for its palliative influence.

Are we getting the picture of combating cancer in a new age way? Well it really can be done this way. I am still living proof. They gave me five years seven years ago. Let us start off with the next section with a joke of sorts.

Self Destruct

Victims?

So the man goes into his doctor and inquires how he can live a longer healthier life. The doctor tells the 80 year old that it basically is easy. Then he inquires; Do you drink? No. Do you smoke? No. Do you gallivant with multiple women? No. Do you eat healthy foods? Yes. Do you exercise daily? Yes. Do you spend time in prayer and/or meditation? Yes. Do you take all your medications and vitamins? Yes.

The doctor steps back and looks perplexed at the man. After a minute or so. He just asks the man why he wants to live longer.

Now my life follows the above. And I accept it may look boring but being alive is exciting enough.

There was this other man. We will play his anthem above. He spent some time in jails as he drinks a bit too much. In honkey tonks and county fairs and on street corners he found happy. He simply danced across the South. I heard his name was Bojangles. Don’t know the truth there but I mimic the legend.

There is another tale about a young man at home and he hears his daddy tell his momma that he had it in him. It was the boogie woogie and the boy would thrill the people. And the boy was alive he felt so good all night long. I am not talented with my music but I love to boogie woogie. We will play that one next.

Now if you know me well enough you would know that I caused my cancers due to a bit too much hard living. But you would be wrong. I am certified by the government as “contracting” my cancers by the fault of others. First was fallout from heavy atomic bomb testing that floated over me at 5 years old. The new one is directly related to Round-up. I do not make this up, the government is so convinced they held others at fault enough to pay my bills.

You have got to admit that is freaky. How do they know that stuff at all? Well cancer has not yet taken my life, but the strangest thing of all is, that it has in a way given me what is my life. I think I love more fully by surviving. Cancer psychologists in the area say that that is pretty much normal.

Get Over It

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Looking Up!

So we just take that old cancer and say a word of prayer for those who succumbed and those suffering mightily and we place that perspective on life in general. Really bad stuff happens and too often it is the fault of another. What are you going to do? You can get angry and you should. But go with that for a little bit of time. You should question the Love of your God. Take some time and deal with that. Just accept that you will blame all manner of your problems on the really bad stuff, but too often that is wrong.

Someone asked me just the other day what it was like to be a cancer victim. My eyes got huge and I took in a gulp of air. A victim? What an idea! I went home and thought about it. Yes – I am a victim – NOT. Now I have received reports that some folks are victims. I reckon that is just how it is. I wonder what that is like. Some horrible wrong that someone has to live with, caused by another. Isn’t it better to say that “they ‘get’ to live with it”?

This is a perfectly abnormal thought. If I was a victim, what would that make a child of mine? What right do I have to pass this notion on?

For sure I have just lost a good friend to cancer which I am sure relieved him of much pain and suffering. But he never busted out with victim status. I have never met a person in love with life that felt persecuted with fate or injustice. This is not from some fine pilgrim who has seen the light. Just a person. Winning day to day battles does not make us special. Loving one another makes us special. Accepting love is the finest.

If I were to die tomorrow, I would be really bummed out. I would miss out on so much. On the other hand I believe that the soul continues on so I would probably be blown away by the coolness of it all.

Sure I mess up. I like to sleep. For me when I sleep I am enjoying it so I really do not miss out on much. That is just plain insane. But your next CT Scan might be bad so you try to enjoy what you do.

I really do give out love. I am not bragging, I just really do. A gift from God who is love. Some can teach and preach, my talent seems to be just loving. I will take that. I am here through no feat of my own. I am here to be loved and love. Now pass that on.

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      What a great attitude you have Lori. It is infectious. This will boost me up today! Thank you.

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      Lori Colbo 

      11 months ago from United States

      Why are they still selling roundup? They ought to be taken off the market and pay everyone who has gotten sick from it.

      Eric, you remind me of the energizer bunny, you keep going and going and going. I know so many people with cancer. Most survive but a few have lost. Dying is inevitable but there's no hurry. Your attitude of not playing the victim is to be lauded. We live in such a victim mentality in today's culture. I no longer say I suffer from my mental health conditions because it gives them too much power in my attitude. To say I am suffering makes my suffering worse. I am the victim as you said. You know what, since that decision, I am doing better than the last 30 years. Sure, I have occasional symptoms, but they are mild and I am doing just fine. I don't go around thinking of death anymore. Life is good despite all the crap going on now.

      Blessings to you, dear Eric.

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      Eric Dierker 

      11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wow John I just went out there on the music stick. Life is so good it is hard to keep up.

      How about your boys and grandchildren? I assume they thrive.

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      John Hansen 

      11 months ago from Gondwana Land

      Eric, I think your end statement is the best...what greater talent and gift can one have than “to give out love?”

      Those who class themselves as “Victims” always seem to feel sorry for themselves, rather than getting on with life and making the most of it.

      Cancer is a bad rap, but we need to find the positives in it, like making us appreciate everything in life and making the most of it. That is something you certainly demonstrate.

      Great music choices too. You chose some of my all-time favourites.

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      Eric Dierker 

      11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hey Jeremiah let us go forth today and spread the love!

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      JEREMIAH MWANIKI KILUNDA 

      11 months ago from Nairobi

      Thanks Eric. Your story is so encouraging. Good work.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Jeremiah God does more than mercy in my life. How wonderful mercy is. God gives me so much strength that I can have mercy on others and accept their mercy. Whahoooo!

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      JEREMIAH MWANIKI KILUNDA 

      11 months ago from Nairobi

      So touching, may God have mercy on his creation.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Flourish. We had so much fun at the bay yesterday I just passed out at 7pm. Life is good.

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      Eric Dierker 

      11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora it is so cool. I know that love, meditation on the Word, prayer, music, outdoors (especially gardening ;-) Creativity and more love is what cures things. How lucky I am to have that prescription.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      11 months ago from USA

      Eric, I wish you happiness and health and most of all love. That last paragraph was golden.

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      Dora Weithers 

      11 months ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, I know that the cancer is not having any fun in your body. You're too busy loving and giving. You've offered it no accommodation. Won't be surprised if just disappears!

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      Eric Dierker 

      11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Val Karas wrote me a wonderful well thought out letter. With permission I thought we could breakdown two of his premises here:

      //// From the sciences of my studious interests comes the following. Cancer corresponds to some feature in our emotional makeup which activates that gene. Our genome is constantly responding to our emotions, those that we are conscious of, and those that we are not.

      Now, "fighting" cancer should mean not fighting it, because fighting means a conflict, and it's some kind of an unconscious conflict which activated that cancer gene in the first place.

      Instead, keep producing happy emotions -- but without attaching to them anything like a "reason". /////

      From me:

      Val, this is such a valid point people should get some insight from it.

      At first blush I would argue against it as in my cases the cancers were caused directly from man made toxins -- no question there.

      But why did the cancer pop up years later?

      Was it nature or nurture that allowed it to dig it's ugly roots into my system?

      Both times it showed up were stressful times. You wouldn't know it by looking at me but very true. Both times I was engaging in negative behavior. (the specifics are irrelevant here)

      Both times it was a wake up call to enjoy life and do it with vigor. A renewed appreciation for love and all the small stuff. Cancer induced happiness -- leading to survival against medical odds.

      Well most assuredly this helps to prove Val's points. But I have met those with a renewed zest who still did not make it.

      So I conclude that this is a valid argument but any notion of it being universal or absolute is in error. We cannot take certain cancers on certain people and apply a strict general rule.

      Now "fighting" it is an interesting notion. I like a good fight, mental or physical. But I also accept things as a "it just is, not good or bad". I love playing soccer and basketball. I play them to win them.Bring on the Chess board baby. A brutal hike with risk into wilderness and I will battle nature though I love it.

      I hope that Val will address this here. I hope Val will respond and then break another point down into sections. But it will be what it is ;-) (oh and another Oncology appointment story from yesterday)

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      Eric Dierker 

      11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Devika I was just working on something related and it hit me that there is seldom a real "I survived". It is a we thing; "we survived".

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      Devika Primić 

      11 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Eric you have shared a lot about yourself and I admire that you are looking at your experience in a positive way. You have faced up to many challenges and show us that you are a survivor.

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      Eric Dierker 

      11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you so much Lorna. I am so privileged to be able to write about such things. I hope to give voice to others with that being my gift. I am still getting over my latest Oncology exam, this morning. More on that later.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      11 months ago

      I love your spirit and I am sure others who read this article will gain strength from your optimistic outlook. I remember my mum saying that when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Well you have certainly done that Eric. I meet heroes everyday in my line of work and you are truly a hero.

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      Eric Dierker 

      11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ann the boy just finished up my haircut. I have the stuff. Looks good. Well now the boy can always find work as a barber. Before breakfast we are having a blast. We have got to get some chickens.

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      Ann Carr 

      11 months ago from SW England

      No, never a thief! There is plenty of love around from all those who give generously like you!

      Enjoy that hike! Sounds wonderful.

      Ann

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      Eric Dierker 

      11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill I have serious issues today. What size bat to buy. I am thinking a light 30". 10 years over 90 lb. Let's see what our AmVet's store has.

      And I swapped for a new portable Hoop on Friday.

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      Eric Dierker 

      11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ann by last two appointments cancelled due to the virus. Which means over a year. Today I celebrate going and meeting a new oncologist. I will have a blast hiking the cliffs above the Pacific afterwords. Torrey Pines.

      I think of myself as a thief sometimes. I steal the great love from friends like you.

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      Bill Holland 

      11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Bring it on! Cancer, heart disease, it's all a crap shoot for every single one of us. We live, we battle, we die. My buddy Frank battled. You battle. My friend Jim battles. It's what we do when we aren't battling that really counts, and you love.

      Not a bad legacy at all, buddy!

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      Ann Carr 

      11 months ago from SW England

      You certainly do give out love, Eric. It's felt through your words here and in all your hubs. You have a zest for life. Long may that continue!

      Thank you for the inspiration, the enthusiasm and the love.

      Ann

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      Eric Dierker 

      11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Pamela I just did some weeding and needed a break. I went down to a neighbor who gave me 3 'new to me' fishing rods. Fishing will be fun --- but working with the Gabe will be fun restoring them.

      I hope this helped with your situation also. We are not alone.

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      Eric Dierker 

      11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Umesh -- truth, I feel really crappy today. I have to bump up my game. Serious stuff does not get beat without a serious plan.

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      Eric Dierker 

      11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda I am having a tear up. How fantastic to know someone in some distress has a friend like you. The only heroes we need are like you, spreading the love and compassion. Whahoo!!!

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      Eric Dierker 

      11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Liz now before full dawn I cleaned, oven and stove, load of laundry, full kitchen sanitize and wrote an article. Not enough, out to weed the garden in a few. My wife and son are the best. They keep me out of my pity pot.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      11 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I see you are a survivor of cancer, and it sounds like you are doing healthy things to continue on and on. Your hiking, not being stressed and the love for your wife and son are great.

      You are a man that is loving of other people and it shows in your writing. I am not a victim either with my health problems, I am blessed as are you. This is such a good sermon today, Eric. I feel inspired!

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      11 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Yes, cancer is dreadful but the life before the maturity of cancer is of much importance. We must understand its value and adore it. Good thoughts.

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      Linda Lum 

      11 months ago from Washington State, USA

      I like the concept of surthriving. I have a dear friend who had surgery for ovarian cancer just 3 weeks ago. She's a fighter and I have no doubt she'll beat this too. She has a 5 year old and a 12 year old that need their mom. I'll share your new word with her.

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      Eric Dierker 

      11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Sannyasi my new acquaintance it is a pleasure to meet you. Welcome to HP. I just followed you and look forward to many good times of reading.

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      Liz Westwood 

      11 months ago from UK

      You might have coined a new word with 'surthrive'. Thank you for sharing your experience. I have lost a good friend to cancer, relatives too, and had other friends go through treatment. It's a horrible disease and I look forward to the day when scientists can find a cure. I hope you continue to surthrive and stay well.

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      Sannyasi Raja 

      11 months ago from Durgapur, West Bengal, India

      You expressed yourself in an inspiring way. Would love to read more from you.

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