In Sickness and In Health

By Lipscomb University Senior Students May 24, 2017Pearls of Wisdom Blog

My father, the rock of our family, was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and it changed everything. I was deployed to Afghanistan at the time so it was very surreal for me. However, my mother was there every step of the way. When my father received his diagnosis, my mother sat in the chair next to him holding his hand.

Robotic surgery, which is a minimally invasive treatment, was the doctor’s recommendation. My father knew he had to get rid of the cancer and elected to do the surgery. Since I was halfway across the world, I was unable to be in the waiting room with my mother. I hated the fact that she was alone, waiting on an answer from the doctor that she may not want to hear. My mother remembered thinking what if he doesn’t make it. It was hard for her to imagine life after thirty years of marriage without him. But, she changed her mindset and imagined the next thirty years of marriage with him by her side. She envisioned vacations and spending time with future grandchildren together.

A few hours passed, and finally, the doctor emerged from the operating room. He informed my mother that the surgery went extremely well. My father was in recovery, and the cancer had been removed from his prostate. My mother was relieved and thanked God for answering her prayers. The surgery team did their part in the success of the surgery, but my mother credits these pieces of advice for helping her.

  • Stay strong and positive even when things seem hopeless
  • Have faith and pray often
  • Support from family and friends
  • There is no whining My mother’s favorite pieces of advice and father’s least favorite

Theresa Benner, Senior Student in the Lipscomb University Didactic Program in Dietetics

Lipscomb University Senior Students

Author Lipscomb University Senior Students

Through a program with Lipscomb University’s Didactic Program in Dietetics senior students contribute blogs to PearlPoint’s Pearls of Wisdom. Lipscomb University is located in Nashville, TN. The primary mission of the Lipscomb University Didactic Program in Dietetics is to provide a high quality undergraduate educational experience in a Christian environment which prepares graduates for acceptance into internships and/or careers in dietetics. The curriculum is designed to provide for the development of the Foundation Knowledge and Skills established by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) for Entry-Level Dietitians. Additionally, our students conduct a number of service projects each year in an effort to make others more aware of issues related to nutrition. Upon completion of the program, students will have the necessary knowledge and skills required for quality performance as a dietetic intern and/or professional. Through the PearlPoint Pearls of Wisdom blog series, students gain experience in providing easy-to-understand, written nutrition content for cancer survivors and caregivers.

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