When I was in my early mental stages of accepting my throat cancer diagnosis I would walk around our home and gaze in wonder, I was looking at the life that I could possibly be leaving behind if my body did not fight off this cancerous invading force. During this time of mental and physical uncertainty, I noticed that my wife had recently purchased an unusually small plant.


“Babe, what is the name of this plant that you just purchased, and why is it so small?”


“Epipremnum aureum, look it up, It may start off small, but if fed with water consistently, it will grow.”

Me: (Looking it up)

Epipremnum Aureum is an evergreen plant. As a household plant, it is commonly known as the hanging plant, it can climb walls by means of aerial roots. An Epipremnum Aureum can reach enormous heights.


“Now that wasn’t hard, was it?”


“Whatever, I pray that I live long enough to see it grow, these pictures are amazing!”


“You will.”

My wife and I would stay in a hotel through the week while we were going through chemotherapy and radiation treatments, and when Friday came around we would go home for the weekend. As the weeks went by I noticed that the Epipremnum Arreum was beginning to grow.


“Babe, did you see the plant? Look how much it has grown, I cannot believe it.”


“I feed it water every weekend.”


“Well it does look well fed.”


“It must be fed well to grow strong and healthy.”

After twelve weeks of mental and physical depletion, we returned home. At the beginning of treatment I weighed a hundred and ninety-five pounds, upon our return, I tipped the scales at a whopping one hundred and seventeen pounds.

Me: (Tears falling)

“Babe, I do not think I am going to make it, I am too small.”


“You must be fed to grow strong and healthy, the Lord and I will feed you.”

You must serve only the Lord your God. If you do, I will bless you with food and water, and I will protect you from illness.

Exodus 23:25

I Thank you both……



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