Hey, I’m a Cancer Survivor, too.

This blog is meant to be a bit more than my former The Rest of the Old, Old Story blog. I’m condensing all my blogs, except the ones that are mostly automatically created by my web sites, Christian-History.org and Proof-of-Evolution.com, into one. That’s why this is PaulFPavao.wordpress.com. I’m going to, I hope, pull all my subjects into this one blog, though, being who I am, Christian history and the radical Christian life will be primary.

  • Christian history
  • Bible
  • Evolution and creation
  • Leukemia (incl. Blastic Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cell Neoplasm)
  • Marrow transplant information and survivorship
  • Exercise and health “for fat guys over 40”
  • Building web sites
  • Writing books
  • Grammar
  • Internet Marketing

Those don’t seem very related, huh? Especially when you consider that I think scientists have established their case for evolution unquestionably.

Ah, well.

Today, though, is about surviving cancer.

I was at a Christian writers guild over lunch today. On the way home, I listened to a lady on a Christian radio station give advice to people who might have to care for someone who had cancer. The advice was excellent. I caught the part where she gave a list of things to ask the doctor. She suggested it was important to be educated about the cancer.

I thought about that. That was my experience, too. Knowing what was going on and what the possibilities were helped me to be calm and keep my faith in God’s word to me (which was that I would live through my cancer).  Not only that, but my “Thrilled to Death” leukemia blog seems to be the number one site for Blastic Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cell Neoplasm (BPDCN), so just about everyone in the world who is diagnosed with BPDCN sends me an email. All of them want to know what to expect.

I love helping any way I can. Sometimes I just refer them to an email friend, a survivor in Ireland who coached me through my entire treatment. He has the credentials of having one of the most terrible treatments ever devised for leukemia, so he can always help with, “I was doing worse than you are, even now.” Believe it or not, that’s comforting!

Today’s post on my leukemia blog concerns getting back in shape and the difficulties I’ve had.

I’m irritated with myself that I can’t remember the name or the book of the lady who was talking on the radio station on my way home. I just tried to locate them on the web. There is no contact phone # for the station, and the schedule only gives the name of the program, not the guest speaker. Sad.

I am going to try to answer some of the questions the lady said to ask a cancer doctor. I will make a page for that on my leukemia blog so BPDCN patients have a “frequently asked questions” to consult. I can’t believe I hadn’t thought of that yet.

Another project I now have is a prequel to In the Beginning Was the LogosIBWL is the story of the Council of Nicea and its aftermath, making it a somewhat complete history of fourth century Christianity.

Day before yesterday, on this blog, I tried to write a short story of what the apostles’ churches were like. I couldn’t  get past my love for quotes, original sources, and details, though, and it turned into a wonderful, day-long labor of love. I referred to it as a “prequel” to In the Beginning Was the Logos when I wrote about the post on Facebook and Twitter. Among the several hundred people who have read it, Logos is popular. I got several requests to do what I suggested and finish the story I started Tuesday and publish it.

That’s a good idea. I’m going to do that.

The problem is, I really want to turn the leukemia blog into a book, too. I am maybe 20% done with that project (thanks to the help of my daughter-in-law, Esther, author of Slavery During the Revolutionary War).

So much work to do. So many decisions to make.

My life is a joy. Thank you to all of you for being a part of it.

If you have suggestions, or if you like this blog, leave me a comment. I am deciding whether to stick with this format and upgrade to a paid account here on wordpress.com. I love the look of this blog (not fancy, but simple and easy to read). The traffic the first three days has been satisfactory (thank you!). You can also suggest things you’re interested in.

I realized today at the writers guild that I have a bit more knowledge about grammar and editing than the average author. (Sorry for bragging if that’s bragging.) If I have any readers interested in posts on writing and grammar, let me know in the comments.

About Paul Pavao

I am married, the father of six, and currently the grandfather of two. I run a business, live in a Christian community, teach, and I am learning to disciple others better than I have ever been able to before. I believe God has gifted me to restore proper foundations to the Christian faith. In order to ensure that I do not become a heretic, I read the early church fathers from the second and third centuries. They were around when all the churches founded by the apostles were in unity. I also try to stay honest and open. I argue and discuss these foundational doctrines with others to make sure my teaching really lines up with Scripture. I am encouraged by the fact that the several missionaries and pastors that I know well and admire as holy men love the things I teach. I hope you will be encouraged too. I am indeed tearing up old foundations created by tradition in order to re-establish the foundations found in Scripture and lived on by the churches during their 300 years of unity.
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