Cancer: My Journey in Time (part 7)
Better or worse

Rev. Enoch Fuzz

Yes, you do have the correct article. And no, it is not about marriage.

When people are faced with a difficult segment in their life’s journey, supporters sometimes have to be careful of the words chosen in conversation with an individual in discomfort.

We continue to learn more about Rev. Enoch Fuzz’s month-to-month, week-to-week and day-to-day ups and downs during his bout with ‘stage 4’ cancer. I was pleased to see that this past weekend Rev. Fuzz had some redecorating done in his home. When inquiring as to who hung pictures and moved furniture, he said: “I did.” I immediately responded with “You did not!” Finally, I was convinced that with help, he had done a lot of the work himself. To my surprise and dismay, I was also glad that he had the strength and the ability following such weakness during his illness.

While he is certainly not at 100% capacity, he still maintains the desire and musters up strength to carry out ‘normal’ activities. Often he is working through pain, such as the current excessive pain in his back. He was admitted to the hospital some days before the redecorating with severe back pain that needed treatment from the cancer. I responded to a text that day by saying: “Maybe you did too much too soon.” I was left speechless when he responded “Maybe I have ‘stage 4’ cancer.” My thought may have been relevant; however, this is the pain he knows and feels daily.

We often experience the worst of a situation before we get to the better part. In all things, no matter how bad things may be on one day, as the hours go by it’s important that people are with you to recognize your needs. Fuzz said his doctors are better to him than he is to himself, just like God is. They are keeping a close, watchful eye on his condition. He will likely continue to have days of discomfort that makes him feel worse on those days than the days ahead. We will all continue to pray for the better days, months and years that are ahead. When he feels good, he feels good—good enough to move furniture, hang pictures, go to the mailbox, and other activities. We pray for those good days. When he doesn’t feel so good, we pray for the better days that will come.

Simply put, Rev. Fuzz doesn’t sit and wait for the changes. He continues. He makes sure that he gets adequate rest and eats well to maintain strength when it is needed. We’ve all heard that the darkest part of the night is just before dawn.

Let your witness to Fuzz’s ability continue to be a testament to life in this present time. Be sensitive to the words used with and about your neighbor. Keep your eye on the prize, even when it seems extremely difficult and maintain your faith and the wisdom and knowledge you received over the years prior to these unprecedented times. Our country seems to be at its worst, but know it gets better!

Continue to pray, check on Rev. Enoch Fuzz through his Facebook and follow hiss journey, ‘Cancer: My Journey in Time.’

Next week we will learn about Dr. Melvin Lightford who has most recently joined Rev. Fuzz’s medical team.