Can Anything Good Come out of Prostate Cancer?

As some of you know, God rewrote the script for Mr. and Mrs. Squier’s autumn 2011. On October 2nd we moved down to Loma Linda, California and on October 3rd David began his 1st prostate cancer treatment. We anticipate returning to southern Oregon sometime during the week of December 5th.

So often we hear, “We’re so sorry,” when folks learn about David’s cancer. The truth be told ‘so sorry’ isn’t needed in the Proton Department at Loma Linda Medical Center. Treatments last approximately fifteen minutes, five days a week for nine weeks. They’re painless without the side effects of fatigue, nausea, hair loss, etc.

A brotherhood quickly develops amongst the 100 to 150 patients treated each day. We enjoy Tuesday nite potlucks, Wednesday nite educational/inspirational speakers, weekly doctor’s appointments, and regular workouts at a world-class athletic center. All part of the program.

Come to find out prostate cancer is a common reality for men over fifty. Annual PSA tests are important for an early diagnosis. We thank the Lord that David’s cancer was caught early. We thank the Lord for leading us to Loma Linda.

We are eager to spread the word to family and friends.

Men: be sure and get your PSA checked annually. And consider proton therapy as a strong treatment option. Learn more at Call 866-285-6728 and request a DVD about the program and the book You Can Beat Prostate Cancer and You Don’t Need Surgery to Do It by Robert Marckini, a prostate cancer survivor. Or contact the Squiers.

We appreciate Loma Linda’s commitment to treating the whole person. David and I applaud the upfront spiritual component; we are comforted daily by the cross on the front of the hospital building. And I love Nathan Greene’s art on the walls of the lobby depicting Jesus visibly present in the multi-facets of medicine.

Could it be? Yes it’s true. I, the Queen of Hyperbole, and David, the King of Understatement, agree that these two plus months of David’s prostate cancer treatment are amongst the best in our 43 years of marriage.

David and Judy with Dr. Lynn Martell the Director of Special Services in the Proton Therapy Dept. His smile alone is healing and everyone loves his notable quotable: No one is here by accident.

Nathan Greene’s picture – In Good Hands – hangs in the hospital lobby. I had a hunch Jesus was present during my many surgeries. Now I have proof.

Cancer is so limited –
It cannot cripple love, shatter hope, corrode faith, destroy peace. It cannot kill friendship, suppress memories, silence courage, invade the soul. It cannot steal God’s gift of eternal life; it cannot quench the Holy Spirit. It cannot lessen the power of the resurrection.

-Author Unknown
(Thanks Cousin Sue for sending us this quote early on)

And thanks Rachel Olstad for your recent comment: I love how God is using cancer for His Glory!

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About Judy Squier

Judy Squier born without complete legs, learned early on about God's presence in suffering. She's been an inspirational speaker since age thirteen with a passion to help others find God's gold in the rubble of their lives. Judy is the mother of three adult daughters and lives with her husband, David, in southern Oregon.
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2 Responses to Can Anything Good Come out of Prostate Cancer?

  1. Sydna Masse says:

    What a great update, Judy. Each time I prayed for you and David, God has given me such a peace that I knew you two were having fun in spite of the situation! This only confirms that. Thanks also for the warning on getting checked! You are such a blessing. I’m glad you are growing closer together as well. Love you, my friend! SYDNA

  2. Annie Hale says:

    Thank you Judy for a touching and informative account. Your smiles speak volumes about the light of the holy spirit in your lives. I miss talking to you. I have not been writing for quite some time now. I got busy with Lovejoy and the kids in the Good Grief Program. I think of you often and wish you lots of love. P.S. Roy is a prostrate cancer survivor of eleven years. Hugs-Annie

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