I’ll never forget that night, ten years ago, when a lifelong dream died. We had made our decision, and I was realizing that I would never have the chance to work alongside my oldest son, Clint. We hugged and cried as we both let go of a vision that we had nurtured together from the time Clint was a young boy.
Clint had worked at our company after school since seventh grade. We loved to be together and to work together. But now Clint had finished his freshman year of engineering at Purdue, and he had to make the choice between Civil Engineering in order to come back to our company or Biomedical Engineering with the plan of applying to Med School.
The “Parable of the Talents” rattled around in my heart. Could I be so selfish as to persuade him to come back home when I sensed that his gifts needed a bigger platform? I knew that medicine would provide the opportunity to save lives and honor Christ in the process. I knew I had to let Clint go. I felt like Hannah dropping Samuel off at the temple.
Today, Clint is a Urology resident at IU in Indianapolis. His days involve removing masses from cancer-ridden bodies. So when my recent Cat Scan showed a mass in my Pancreas, he sprang into action like a trained soldier. Within hours he was plotting a strategy with the top surgeons at IU.
It just so happens that IU does more Pancreas surgeries than anywhere else in the country. Because of Clint, I have immediate access to the top Pancreas surgeons in the world. Skilled surgeons and timeliness are keys to beating cancer.
Ten years ago I could have never imagined that a life my son would save could be my own. Or that I would work alongside him after all, as we battle cancer together. Thank you, Clint. I owe you everything.
I am also thankful for my two son-in-laws who have been a key part of getting me in a position to win. Two weeks ago, Luke Schafer (ER Dr.) instructed me to get a Cat Scan for some abdominal pain unrelated to the cancer. Without his wise council, I wouldn’t know that this silent killer was stalking me. And Luke Gutwein (General Surgery resident) has been invaluable in planning our course of action with Clint.
But most of all, I’m grateful to God for keeping His promises.
And let us not be weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9