I am not.
What's ironic is that my very first post had originally listed three people who I know who are fighting outrageous odds against cancer. One is 6 year old child, another is a 40 year old mother of two and third is my godfather/uncle who is 69. I decided not to post the details of this for two reasons.
- Some people like to handle their illness in private and I had no right posting the details of their battle
- I don't want people to "feel sorry" for me. I am not the suffering person, just the bystander.
It is not.
As one who has suffered with illness myself, I know first hand that there is nothing funny about it. Pain be it physical or emotional is not funny. However, those who suffer with it can deal with it with humour. I will let them be the funny ones.
Finally, I have this to say about Fr. Tom.
Fr. Tom is the child of an alcoholic. He used to watch his father beat his mother every Easter morning. This bit of information can be found on another very helpful CD called The Word of the Cross found here. The word of the cross is one of suffering. For what it's worth, Jesus suffered on the way to the cross. He was not whistling Dixie with a crown of thorns on His head. His mother was not cheering at the base of the cross, but instead "yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also" Luke 2:35. As a mother, I cannot imagine watching a child of mine die such a horrific death. I cringe at the thought of her suffering.
Maybe this is my next topic. Suffering. Honestly I am not comfortable with writing about such a thing. I NEVER EVER EVER want to mislead anyone or give them the wrong impression about such a serious topic.
Give me a day or two to think about it.