I’d like to introduce you to a new guest in my house. Although uninvited, he apparently has squeezed through a crack in the window and, unfortunately, there is no pushing him back out. He’s a bit of a rare bird. His full name is Hairy Cell Leukemia. I will spare you the long details of his existence but, when time allows, you can learn all about him by clicking HERE. In honor of being concise I will just refer to him as “Hairy”.
So, Hairy has given me the preverbal “deal I can't refuse”. Reluctantly, I must accept his offer. Fortunately, however, I understand Hairy is rather slow in nature and I have an opportunity to facilitate this “deal” on my terms. It appears that certain treatments can have profound effects on Hairy’s attitude and chances are high he will be forced to play nice in my house for the foreseeable future.
Now, dear friends, I am pretty confident there’s not one amoung you reading this that doesn’t have some uninvited guest(s) of whatever kind, form and severity in your house too. Why should my house be any different? While this circumstance is awkward for me, I do not consider myself unlucky. On a whole, I am a blessed man, a lucky man. Relatively, I lead a blessed life. As you all know, there are so many who suffer in this world, truly suffer. Some of whom we know personally and others we learn about. I do not expect my uninvited guest to cause the level of misfortune, tragedy and suffering I have personally witnessed in other’s houses. To quote a certain Roman general, “Iacta alea est” (the die is cast). Are we not all born into this mortal and imperfect world in which, by being here, things inevitability and irrevocably happen?
Lastly, I’d like to give my heartfelt acknowledgement and deep thank you to the tremendous outpouring of encouragement, prayers and well wishes I have and am receiving from all of you. Thank you. . . thank you. . . You are sending admiration and praise my way that I am unsure I deserve. Never the less, I humbly accept your sentiments and feel honored and humbled to have so many dear friends. . . God bless you all.