My wife Janet has cancer – this came out of the blue, following tests for back ache, some three weeks ago. Since then Janet has felt more tired than usual and quite breathless. More tests are being done on the biopsy taken two weeks ago, to see whether the cancer is susceptible to new biological treatments. Meanwhile she will get a single dose of radiotherapy for the back pain.

Psalm 23 is both relevant and helpful. God is our Shepherd, and it is true that we need for nought.

The image of two sheepdogs, “Goodness” and “Mercy” chasing after us, keeping us in the Shepherd’s care, it truly amazing.

July 11th. The radiotherapy was administered yesterday, but was followed by a lot of sickness, possibly due to the higher dose of codeine taken in advance of it. It hasn’t shown any effect yet, but it apparently takes days or even weeks to reach its full benefit.

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