Can you believe that Christmas is almost here? The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas just seems to fly by and I only have a few days to procrastinate before starting my shopping. It’s pretty hard on me because I have to buy a present (or maybe a couple) for Melody before the 24th. And that will be here before I know it.

Can you believe that Christmas is almost here?  The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas just seems to fly by and I only have a few days to procrastinate before starting my shopping.  It’s pretty hard on me because I have to buy a present (or maybe a couple) for Melody before the 24th.  And that will be here before I know it.
As it happens every year, the Neosho Laymen’s League services get me into the Christmas season.  Of course this year I missed a couple of days because of our last trip to Houston (more on that later) but it still had the expected result and now I’m looking forward to Christmas.
Not going to get real political in this column but can’t help but note that the usual attack on Christmas seems to be missing this year.  I hear a lot more Merry Christmas greetings and not a bunch of malarkey about the need to not offend everyone by saying Happy Holidays instead.  That’s kind of refreshing to me.
OK, I’m done now.  So are you in the Christmas spirit?  I hope so but remember that Christmas doesn’t have to just be one month out of the year.  You can have the spirit of Christmas all the time if you want to.  Don’t get bogged down into buying the perfect gift and worry more about the gift of yourself.  By that I mean what you can do for someone else.
That’s been my theme the last couple of weeks and I hope that some of what I have said has “stuck”.  Don’t mean to imply that we don’t have caring people in this community that give year round because we do.  But, I just think that all of us can do a better job of serving others rather than having others serve us.  That is the real spirit of Christmas that each of us should seek to have live within us.
I know that some of you are probably tired of hearing about all my trips to Houston and if you are then I apologize and I guess you can skip the rest of the column.  But, if I can lift up even one person struggling with difficulties in their lives by sharing mine then it is worth risking boring a few people.
We made our regular trip to Houston a few days ago and this one was a little different and I had to spend some time digesting and processing the results. It wasn’t necessarily bad but a little departure from the past.
This time the docs used a just approved scan that detects 95% of the little buggers that I have floating around inside.  The old scan that I have had every other time only gets about 75% of them.  So, yep, there were more of them than we knew before and this particular scan can also measure the size of them.

So, the Physician Assistant came in to give us the results of the scan but couldn’t really answer our questions so we had to wait 2 hours for the doctor to come in and say things were about where they have been and that he wasn’t concerned.  Yes more of the tumors showed up but they were already there but we couldn’t see them.

Talk about a roller coaster.  We knew this new scan would be different but having to wait for the “real” answer was pretty nerve wracking.  Bottom line is that we go back to Houston in 3 months to get “lit up” again (with radiation not alcohol) with this new scan so we can compare apples to apples.

And, the FDA is supposed to be approving a new treatment for my cancer in January so we are basically just marking time until that happens and my shots in the butt quit working.  So, not bad news but, you can understand why the need to chew on and digest the results.

You know, through this whole journey we have been blessed beyond measure by the people who have supported us with words of encouragement and prayers.  One of those people told me that the doctors weren’t the ones really in control anyway so take the news and go on.  True words.  None of us are in control – God is.  And we just have to keep reminding ourselves of that fact.

As we celebrate this Christmas season take time to count all the blessings that you have in your lives.  Instead of dwelling about what you don’t have, give thanks for what you do have.  And, look around your community and let God open your eyes to see opportunities for you to serve others.  That my friends, will get you in the true spirit of Christmas.
Kevin Wilson writes a column for the Neosho Daily News.