It’s Sunday morning and we are at Whidbey with Heather’s sister Gail and brother-in-law Dave. We are having a great time and have been out salmon-don2.jpgfishing. Dave is like a brother to me and we both love fishing and just being together. I don’t really have much more to say today but I did want to have a better picture on the blog than that ugly colon tumor. As you can see by the photo on the left, we caught a couple of nice salmon this morning- 5 lbs and 8 lbs. If you look carefully you will see Dave taking care of the boat while I get all the glory showing off the fish!

Of course Dave got the big one and there were several boats around us as he fought the fish. The salmon hit at 90 feet so it was quite a battle for Dave to get the fish to the boat. salmon-dave-don-smiles.jpgWhen the fish was about 15 feet from the boat he managed to wrap the line around the spool to one of our downriggers. I have lost more than one fish this way in the past and was determined not to lose this one. I pulled up the downrigger and handed Dave the line with the salmon on it. “Pull it in Dave!” I think he thought I was joking but since the fish was so close to the boat, he pulled the line by hand. We netted the fish and tried to avoid eye contact with any of the other fishermen. salmon-and-flowers.jpgWe must have looked like a couple of stooges. I have included the stooges showing off their catch on the right. Heather thought it would be better to display the salmon in her flowers so I have included her composition on the left.

We have been having way too much fun dancing on the edge of heaven today. I feel good- it’s great to be able to go from morning to night day after day. After spending so much of the last 10 months in bed it is still hard for people to adjust to the level of energy I have. While the neuropathy in my feet causes me to stumble now and then- I am learning to adjust to the lack of feeling in my feet and go and do most anything. I attribute my health to all your prayers, the great medical care, and the passion I have to trust God but at the same fight the battle as hard as I can until we achieve victory- which is defined only by God.

Absolute submission and trust in God is a challenging yet amazing way to live. Having experienced it I can’t think of any other way to be!

We appreciate all the e-mails and words of inspiration regarding the appointment with Dr Darlene Barr next Wednesday. I don’t know if God ever works by consensus but if he does, Dr. Barr is going to enthusiastically accept me as a patient and cut out all those nasty cancer cells after we return from Hawaii.

God is good, all the time, Good is good!

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  1. art curtis on September 2, 2007 2:11 pm

    I read the blog from 8-30-07. I am so happy that yo are feeling so good and are having a great get away. I will pray for the operation to be done and if you have one rejection you should not give up yet but look into UCLA medical. That was where Shelley fought her breast cancer and won. That experience for me was amazing as we traveled through the pre-op, operation and recovery. I feel that UCLA is one of the best medical campuses in the world. Lori, Anna and I pray and wish you the best outcome next week.

    P.S. Your photo does look better then your colon. Thank God.

    Art

  2. Randor on September 4, 2007 10:47 pm

    Hi Don, Glad to hear that the fishing was great Whidbey(my dad never really taught me how to fish so I want you to)! As you know we were doing a different kind of fishing up at Malibu this weekend, it was a great camp and the Vancil family hit it out of the park! As friends asked me about my lack of hair I got to share your story and pray for you! My prayer is that we will have many more days together at Malibu and that the fishing will continue to be great! You continue to be a great encouragement to me and many others, so keep dancin!!!!!!!! Randy

  3. abdoulaye sarr on September 5, 2007 7:02 pm

    Hi Don ,i tell you what you only going to get better and better,God is watching and He is listening .We are going to keep on praying and so please keep being an inpiration to me and many ,many others dont get discourage because you are a fighter .You have a heart of an Elephan and a courage of a Lion ,you will win this battle. I am so proud of you and those fish man !!! good catch.
    Abdoulaye.

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