8 Things I Learned from Cancer

Today I celebrate life as a father and a husband. It was 9 years ago today I was told I had cancer .  Recovering from two surgeries made the summer of 2003 an extremely tough summer I’ll never forget.

I’m not looking for sympathy today or even high-fives, but I am simply reminding myself of some things that I learned from that hard summer. Simple things that I try and remind myself of every year on this date.  Things I learned things like…

  1. I learned I’m not indestructible. I’m not guaranteed 30 more years …  3 more years or 3 more minutes. Each and every day is a gift so make the most of every day.
  2. I learned it’s impossible to have any sort of self-dignity in a hospital gown.
  3. I learned that it was okay to be scared and even ask God, “Why?”
  4. I learned that I’m blessed to have friends and family that surround me with support and love.
  5. I learned I have an amazing care-giver in my wife, and that the care-givers of cancer patients don’t get near the credit they deserve. I remember asking Lea as I lay in the hospital, “Aren’t you heading back to Childress today to take care of the boys?” and I still remember her response, “No sir, the boys are taken care of. You are my husband, and I’m not going anywhere!”
  6. I learned about real love, not the stuff you see in the movies or on soap operas. Real love is my wife telling me I looked “great” to her, even when I was pale, skinny, sick, throwing up and too weak to do anything.
  7. I learned that I hate cancer. I hate everything about it … what it does to families, how it steals loved ones from our lives and how it is no respecter of persons.
  8. I learned my God is bigger than cancer.

Today I celebrate 9 years … and I’m reminded once again just how blessed I am.

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1164 articles by
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  1. Mark Hodges says:

    Not long ago I created a blog for the express purpose of encouraging the local congregation I work with here in Long Beach, Mississippi. I write a few things for it but mostly I share things I find that I think the members of this church family will be blessed by. I have pulled your banner pic from your blog and linked it to your “8 Things I Learned From Cancer” along with an explanation of why I posted it. Our church family has been hit hard with cancer cases and I think it will be such a blessing. I also want to also introduce you and your blog to them. I hope I haven’t done anything inappropriate by doing this. Sometimes I am not real sure what is and is not over online etiquette lines.
    By HIS Grace!
    Mark Hodges

  2. Linda says:

    Trey, I’m so glad God sustained you through your cancer trial. We have never met but I enjoy reading your blog and am inspired by you to try each day to live a better life for Christ. Blessings my brother.

  3. Tim Taylor says:

    I’m a two time non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor. I’m 1.5 years post Bone Marrow Transplant. While all of my children volunteered to be a donor, only one could be selected. Cancer is truly a life changing event for the entire family. I couldn’t have said it better. My wife matches point 5. Thank you for sharing.

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Trey Morgan Here are my thoughts about marriage, family, raising children, humor, faith and the life God intended for us all. I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast.

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