Faith and Fear Cannot Share the Space

Insights from a Cancer Patient

Faith and Fear Cannot Share the Space

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On February 4, 2012, Joseph Estabrook, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, died of pancreatic cancer. Bishop Estabrook was a close friend of The Word Among Us Partners. He served on its board of directors and was instrumental in helping to launch Partners’ outreach to service men and women. In honor of our good friend, we wanted to share this reflection, which he wrote just a month before his death.

A little over a year ago, while in the middle of a very active schedule, I fell ill and was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. My prognosis was less than a year. I began treatment, receiving chemotherapy every two to three weeks. As you may know, pancreatic cancer cannot be cured and is usually a very stealthy and aggressive adver­sary. In my case, however, except for the unavoidable extreme fatigue, there were very few side effects. This allowed me to continue some pas­toral work when I found the openings.

The cancer was contained quite well for most of the year. But about a month ago, all chemotherapy became ineffective. My doctors have been wonderful in providing pain management and many other forms of support.

Many people have asked how I’m doing. Here are a few insights I’ve had that…

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