I reached that six-month period last month, and during a CT scan Wednesday morning, I got the news I had been hoping and praying for: no sign of cancer anywhere in my body.
I was fortunate that my cancer was found relatively early and it could be removed — along with my right kidney — and the prognosis was excellent.
Now that that hurdle is over, I can begin to heal emotionally and think of ways to live life to its fullest.
While my toughest battle is past me, that’s not the case for a special young man who’s facing his own fight against cancer.
Lane Clark, the 14-year-old son of Jasper Fire Chief David Clark and his wife Sherry, is battling T-cell leukemia and is having a tough time with all the things he’s having to go through. Not only is Lane having to endure chemo treatments and other invasive procedures, he’s also being kept away from his friends and classmates at Maddox Middle School and all the athletic events he loves.
The outpouring of love and support that’s been shown for Lane and his family has been incredible, and David told me last week that he and Sherry have been overwhelmed by it all and can’t express how much it means to them to see how much their son is loved.
They’ve got a long road ahead of them, but it’s good to see the way the community has come together to support such a special young man.
I know I’ll continue to pary for Lane and a quick recovery, and I hope you will, too.
Earlier this week, thousands of people lined the streets of Jasper to witness the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County’s annual Christmas parade, and I doubt anyone who was there could resist getting into the Christmas spirit.
More than 150 floats, antique vehicles, fire trucks and other assorted entries spent two hours winding through downtown helping bring a little Christmas spirit to each of us.
A special thank you goes out to Linda Lewis and the other folks at the chamber who helped make the parade one of the longest and best to ever take place in the city.
Over the next several days, there will also be Christmas parades throughout the county, and I just hope they will be as well attended as the parade in Jasper.
Ron Harris is the managing editor of the Daily Mountain Eagle. He can be reached at (205) 221-2840 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.