Doctor Skull

A teacher's battle for true life.
by Daniel Mayne, with the permiss | Source:

Once again, Charles was diagnosed with cancer. This was a cancer that both Charles and Noreen, his wife, had been battling for what seemed to be a lifetime.  Charles was a teacher, and because of his many medical procedures he had used all of his sick leave. Yet he needed to continue working to pay the bills and to keep his medical insurance – the students didn’t complain.  

Finally a bone marrow donor was found.  They only knew was that a female donor was willing to help Charles live. 

The procedures would take a lot of time. What would happen to the bills and medical insurance?  They continued to pray for a solution; after all, God had provided the bone marrow donor, so this was just another problem they left in his hands.  God touched the hearts of Charles’ fellow teachers, and they donated a portion of their sick leave.

The procedure started with chemo. Throughout it all, Charles kept a smile on his face and moved ahead.  As Charles battled his cancer, Noreen continued to battle the insurance companies, and it seemed both were winning, praise the Lord! Now it was time for the transplant. 

Eventually the chemo stopped working so the doctors chose to move ahead with the radiation in the hope that it would kill any tumor and infection.  At first it worked: things moved along well.  His body started to heal. Blood counts were improving, and things were looking up until his lungs started to shut down.

Charles eventually lost his battle but not the war.  Shortly before his death he told Noreen of a dream he had. He wasn’t afraid of death, and he would accept the will of God.  

The staff of the hospital did everything possible for the entire time Charles was with them.  They learned new procedures, and they were strengthened by Charles’ positive attitude.  His great desire was to be of help so that others could live better and happier. He accepted his suffering to take away the sufferings of others. 

Even in Charles’ time of darkness he continued to reach out to the students who visited him at the hospital.  He was a true teacher, one who not only imparted information to his students, but more importantly taught them how to live. From his sick bed, he taught them the value of suffering and how to go home to God.  

He had pain here. 
He’ll have no pain there.
He had tears and sorrow here.
He’ll have no tears and sorrow there.
You and I might wonder why God took him home so early.
He doesn’t.
He understands. 

Charles took God’s hand with the confidence, trust, faith, hope and acceptance of a true believer.  Way to go Charles! Or, as his students would say, “Doctor Skull RULES.”




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Published by: Josie Emery
Date: 2009-01-01 10:00:00
Very strange indeed how the Lord taps someone to bear pain and suffering to heal and save others? I just lost my sister from her battle with cancer. Through it all she bore so much physical pain but offered them instead for the salvation of sinners and for those sick with cancer who have no one to pray for them. She kept her faith to the end knowing that God will be there waiting for her. We take comfort in knowing that she is now resting in Peace and home at last with the Lord.

Published by: Maria
Date: 2009-01-01 10:00:00
Josie, thank you for your beautiful testimony. Pope John Paull II wrote an encyclical in this very topic: "Salvific Doloris". It is about the Christian meaning of human suffering.

Published by: Josie Emery
Date: 2009-01-01 10:00:00
Very strange indeed how the Lord taps someone to bear pain and suffering to heal and save others? I just lost my sister from her battle with cancer. Through it all she bore so much physical pain but offered them instead for the salvation of sinners and for those sick with cancer who have no one to pray for them. She kept her faith to the end knowing that God will be there waiting for her. We take comfort in knowing that she is now resting in Peace and home at last with the Lord.

Published by: Maria
Date: 2009-01-01 10:00:00
Josie, thank you for your beautiful testimony. Pope John Paull II wrote an encyclical in this very topic: "Salvific Doloris". It is about the Christian meaning of human suffering.

Published by: Josie Emery
Date: 2009-01-01 10:00:00
Very strange indeed how the Lord taps someone to bear pain and suffering to heal and save others? I just lost my sister from her battle with cancer. Through it all she bore so much physical pain but offered them instead for the salvation of sinners and for those sick with cancer who have no one to pray for them. She kept her faith to the end knowing that God will be there waiting for her. We take comfort in knowing that she is now resting in Peace and home at last with the Lord.

Published by: Maria
Date: 2009-01-01 10:00:00
Josie, thank you for your beautiful testimony. Pope John Paull II wrote an encyclical in this very topic: "Salvific Doloris". It is about the Christian meaning of human suffering.

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