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Here is a brief look at what my next week will look like.
Tomorrow bright and early I start my 5 hour chemo session at 8 am…blah.  The next day I have to get a CT scan to map out the game plan for radiation at 1:30 and then right back to chemo at 2:30.  After that I have one more session of chemo and then a nice shot in the arm that will make my bones hurt for three + days to help my white blood cells produce.

Not so stoked about this one.  It is like a roller coaster that I never chose to get on and none of the other riders chose it either.  I just got back to feeling normal and then here comes the third fall, but this one has several corkscrews and back flips that will make me feel worse.

I’m learning something though.  Bad days are not so bad when you have Jesus.  I think many people define a day’s goodness or badness on what happens in it.  The goal being to have the best day of your life and then the next day have the best day of your life better than previous.  Such a goal will leave us feeling like failures or make us bitter and blame others because the reality is bad things happen to everyone sooner or later.  Bad things may happen as consequences for bad choices or they may seem completely random and maybe even undeserved.

Truth is, Jesus gives us a greater measure of goodness in that through His sacrifice we have been gifted eternal life.  To me that is going to be the best days of our lives and my own pursuit of happiness is like a child playing in a 4 x 4 sandbox having never experienced the ocean’s seemingly never ending sandbox.  Or a better comparison, a child sitting alone making mud pies thinking it can’t get any better than this, but they have yet to visit Disney Land.

mud-pie disneyland

Unless you’re Kim Jong Un…

Kim Jong Un goes to Disneyland

Jesus says it best, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Cancer is trouble, but I have Jesus who has saved my soul and who is my future hope.

Be Blessed

Sean Trank

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About Sean Trank

My name is Sean Trank. I aspire to help those who want to succeed. I am a promoter of many things and I love making good ideas known. I also have a unique sense of humor that has been honed and shaped from having a Jewish Christian background...or maybe it is because my childhood house had lead-based paint. Ok so please explore this website .

10 responses »

  1. Kristen Herberg says:

    Your positive perspective and outlook on life never seizes to amaze me. I have never met nor seen someone face such troubles with such joy and hope. Whether you’re trying to be or not, you ARE an INSPIRATION! Your journey encourages me, motivates me to continue to surrender my life and draws me closer to Jesus.

  2. christine trank says:

    Good thoughts!

  3. Linda Storm says:

    Thank you, Sean. You continue to be in my prayers. Great perspective to give all of us!

  4. Larry Dubin says:

    Hey Sean!!!! We continue to praise Jesus with you! We are praying for you and Sarah daily! Thanks for providing us an update! Your faith is encouraging to me!

    LSD4JESUS

  5. Paul says:

    Sean,

    Walking the same path, brother. Keep your focus on the prize of Jesus! And keep on praying – it does wonders!!

    Try Claritin for 5 days before and 10 days after the shot. It helps a lot with the pain. Most months it doesn’t even occur…….

  6. Debra Crittenden says:

    Hi Sean,I am the Aunt of Blair Francisco and have known your brother Aaron since he was a teen. I heard about your journey with cancer and have been getting your email updates. I have had many friends on this very same journey in the past few years with Colon cancer, breast cancer,cervical cancer,lung cancer and the list goes on. Some are still here some are not. The one thing they all share with you is faith in their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Your complete trust and faith in Jesus is an inspiration to me. Thank you for sharing your journey with everyone you meet and have never meet except through the Cyber world. Your words touch me in such a deep way as I have very minor health issues and extended family conflict. The words of Jesus you quoted ( “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33) are what keep me going and staying strong in it all. JESUS HAS OVERCOME THE WORLD! And we respond HALLELUJAH! GLORY TO HIS NAME! May God’s continued peace rest upon you as you travel this road you did not choose. Continue to inspire with His word! Blessings,Debbie Crittenden Date: Tue, 7 Jan 2014 19:38:23 +0000 To: debraowl@hotmail.com

  7. Cecilia says:

    Jesus is our blessed hope and you are always in my prayers

  8. Planting Potatoes says:

    What a blessing you are Sean! God led me to your blog today by way of the Worldprayr blog. What a great testimony you have! I am joining everyone here in praying for you!

  9. Donna Tyler says:

    Pressing on isn’t an easy thing, no matter what. May God continue to bless many through you. We join in prayer for you and family. We believe the One by whose stripes we are healed to heal you. May He comfort your spirit more and more as the flesh endures the hardship. He is the author/Prince/captain/champion (ἀρχηγός -Acts 3:15, 5:31; Heb. 2:12, 12:2) and finisher of our faith. Praise His holy and mighty Name forever!

  10. Sean, what an inspiration you are. I also love Jesus, my Lord and Savior. I am 83 years old, a two time cancer survivor, breast and lung. I believe in miracles, and from personal experience I know that Jesus will give you his comfort and peace that passes all understanding. There is a lot of power in prayer, and I join all of the others who are praying for you. I found out about your dilemma from Paul, my nurse (related to you in some way, I believe.) May you be blessed and healed completely, for Great is Thy Faithfulness, and By His Stripes we are Healed.

    Kathy C., Laguna Niguel, CA

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