Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Rumours of my death are greatly exaggerated

Firstly, a big ‘thank you’ to all of you who have prayed, well-wished, sent e-mails, shown concern, and said nice things! It has really meant an awful lot to me, as the last week hasn’t been much fun.

Yes, my posts on my health and the ‘death thoughts’ were related, but not because I’m terminal. I did, however, have some rather ominous, worrying and painful symptoms for something that could have been more than just a bit nasty.

Nevertheless, I was back at the doctors today, and I’m VERY glad to report that after, among other things, some rummaging around ‘where the sun don’t shine’, the doctor has confirmed: I don’t have a tumour.

I get to live!

As for the actual cause of whatever is going on, the results will be in on Monday. But it isn’t cancer. Praise God!

Nevertheless, this scare has somehow been a healthy experience for me. In light of all my morbidity, I think I’ll give up my theological bookshop ram-raiding sprees, and my regular de-heathenising drive-by baptism evenings.

Also, of course, this means my usual prattling will continue unabated, especially as my energy appears to be returning.

‘Tell me, what’s going on, GOD? How long do I have to live? Give me the bad news! You’ve kept me on pretty short rations; my life is string too short to be saved. Oh! We’re all puffs of air. Oh! We’re all shadows in a campfire. Oh! We’re just spit in the wind. We make our pile, and then we leave it. What am I doing in the meantime, Lord? Hoping, that’s what I’m doing – hoping’ (Psalm 39:4-7, The Message)


At 6/15/2006 2:11 AM, Anonymous Chris T. said...

Excellent news! Although getting the relieving news of "It's not a too-mah" would probably send me into a book-buying frenzy. You're a better man than I. :-)

At 6/15/2006 4:10 AM, Anonymous T.B. Vick said...

Great news Chris. Glad to hear you are better and at least at this point have not too much to concern yourself.

However, hate to hear you are giving up your "theological bookshop ram-raiding sprees."


At 6/15/2006 4:54 AM, Anonymous Matthew D. Montonini said...

So glad to hear the news about your health.
My prayers continue to be with you.

At 6/15/2006 10:37 AM, Anonymous Chris Tilling said...

Many thanks, guys. I was honsetly SO relieved to get the news. Thanks so much for your prayers and comments. I know I keep saying it, but it was/is so appreciated.

At 6/15/2006 3:05 PM, Anonymous Bro. Bartleby said...

Great news! Now perhaps you could explain to your American audience the health care system in Germany ... and perhaps too, in England ... and perhaps a comparison.

At 6/16/2006 1:06 AM, Anonymous Chris Tilling said...

Hi Bro.,
Well, in England, we have a national health service - covered by the welfare system, and in Germany, Health Insurance is a private affair.
All the best,


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