Anthony celebrating birthday with family. Right Lucia and husband John
Pardon me if I tell you I do not know my god-daughter's parents well.
Lucia is one of my Genting God-daughters ... see old posting HERE.
She is from Ulu Tiram, Johor, 320 kms from Kajang. This spoke volume why I do not know her parents well.
On September 18, Wednesday, I was in Ulu Tiram to visit Lucia's father who is suffering from terminal cancer.
About one and a half year ago, he was diagnosed with 3rd stage nose cancer. With more tests followed, a lump was found at the back of his brain.
Through consultation and discernment, he decided not to undergo usual radiotherapy and related treatments, including a possible head surgery.
He enjoyed a period of quality time with the family despite regular hospital visits and admission.
At the beginning of this year, his condition worsened. He experienced constant severe headache and physical discomfort.
He struggling on, and face each day with optimism and thanksgiving.
He even managed to go for a pilgrimage to St. Anne's Church in Bukit Mertajam with his family in July, a journey of more than 1300 kms.
His condition took a worse turn last month. His stomach bloated, acute headache around his ears and nose area and sitting on a chair is a painful act.
He has to prostrate his upper torso on a high chair standing in order to rest and relieve his headache.
When I visited him at his house, he greeted me smiling, looked peaceful and cheerful. You wouldn't know if not told that he is suffering from terminal cancer with nasty cells ravaging his body.
He has difficulty in eating because of ulcers of the mouth. This couldn't stop him from sharing with us his struggle and fight with the disease.
He complained none, but giving praises to God for the strength and Graces given to him to withstand the sufferings and pains brought by the sickness.
During the hours of despair, extreme pain and helplessness, he called out the name of Jesus repeatedly, no shouting and moaning.
His favourite ejaculation (short prayer) under such circumstances is :" The Passion of Jesus, strengthen me !".
My great respect and admiration to a great fighter and faithful son of God.
Pray that Lord Jesus have mercy, grant you peace and strength in this period of pain and suffering. Mother Mary be your side, console and comfort you.
The love of your family and friends be your strength and support, giving you the serenity and hope in time of need.
Lord hear us and have mercy. Amen.