Life is What Happens When You’re Making Other Plans

These wise words (attributed to John Lennon) seem particularly relevant to us now as we face unexpected medical challenges this summer. Jaco, who has battled incipient skin cancer for years, has been advised to go through an extreme face and scalp treatment on Aug. 21 that will likely be very helpful but will make him look quite blotchy during the days (maybe weeks) afterward. And Barbara, too, has had health issues arrive this summer.

After a series of tests, her doctors have determined she needs to have a hysterectomy, due to a cyst that has not gone away. Luckily, there is no real concern about cancer, but waiting would evidently only tempt fate. So, on Aug. 13, Barbara will have laproscopic surgery to remove her ovaries and uterus. This will require one or two nights in the hospital (Northwest Hospital in Seattle) and a six to eight week recovery period.

Congregations know how to deal with this kind of thing. We hold each other in our hearts and prayers and help out as needed. As your ministers, we’re usually on the caring side of this equation. This summer, we may well be on the other. We’re grateful (in advance) for Cedars folk who will pick up the slack and support us as we recover.

We’re confident these health issues won’t sideline us for long. At this point there are no emergencies, just some natural anxieties. And we’re mighty glad we’re not alone as we walk this path. We have each other, our friends and colleagues, and we have you, the wonderful Cedars community that we know cares so deeply for its people.

We’ll keep you informed if things unfold in unexpected ways. For now, we feel the love that is so much a part of this wonderful congregation. Thanks again for all you are and all you do!


2 Comments On “Life is What Happens When You’re Making Other Plans”

  1. janetmarie

    Barbara, I had a complete abdominal hysterectomy in Chicago. That means they totally open me up and take it all out. My mother was there from Seattle, worried as heck, but when she saw me walking down the hall, IV in tow, and I said to a fellow also walking with his IV, “Do you want to race?”, she burst out laughing and knew I was going to be OK. I hope love and laughter will help you through your surgery!

  2. Paula

    Dear Barbara and Jaco,

    Now that we are settled in Winslow, Alana and I thought we would have you over for a treat or dinner as your invitation in the Beacon had expressed wanting to get to know families. Though you find yourselves in an eddy in your stream of life, we would love to still have this happen because we can commune with you in this experience. We don’t care if Jaco’s face is bright red and we would love to be part of creating a women’s circle to embrace Barbara during this time of trans – formation. Let us know if this sounds supportive at this time.
    Much Blessing – Paula & Alana

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