(Editor’s note: Vandalia Drummer News Editor Darrell Wacker will be out on a medical leave for the next 4-6 weeks. If you need assistance, contact Greg Smart at 684-8088 or Ron Nunnari at 684-9124.)
There are times in one’s life that perspective changes. For some its the birth of a child, for others it may be the death of a spouse.
Life’s major moments have a way of jolting us, for good or bad. I’ve had one of those moments over the past few months.
As many of you know, I was diagnosed with kidney cancer this past summer. The last two months have been spent preparing for surgery, and as you read this I should be at Kettering Hospital recovering from that procedure.
The diagnosis was shocking, even though I had known it was a possibility for a couple of years. That’s because I was hit in a football game while refereeing and broke a couple of ribs in the fall of 2013. Little did I know it, but that hit may have ultimately saved my life.
A spot was discovered on a kidney, doctors tested it and followed it for two years, and finally did a biopsy this summer.
As my surgeon has told me, “For a guy with cancer, you are very lucky.”
My prognosis is good, and, God willing, I plan to return to work at the Drummer sometime after Thanksgiving.
As I’ve said many times, I have fallen in love with the Vandalia-Butler community over my almost four years here. I have made many friends here, some I consider family. You have always been generous, kind, and welcoming to me and my family, despite the fact I don’t live here.
I’m grateful for that, and even more thankful for all the kind words, well wishes, and prayers I’ve received as word of my illness has become known. They have meant more than you know.
Throughout the past couple of months as I have thought this ordeal through, I have often returned to a Scripture passage that I gain strength from.
“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.