I’m Fighting the Good Fight while Supporting Cancer Patients – Episode 334
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Featuring: Rev. Bob Bethke
Published: October 1, 2022
Being a cancer patient may require a “new normal” in your life.
Returning to the HHI microphone is Rev. Bob Bethke, who is a recovering prostate cancer patient. Rev. Bethke has pastored his own congregation and now serves as hospital chaplain at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Phoenix, Arizona.
In this conversation, Bob declares when hearing the confirmation of having prostate cancer with his wife present, “When he [my doctor] finally mentioned the words, it was like we crossed the line. We’re in a different camp. Now we entered a different country and we’re no longer free.”
Bethke openly discusses his cancer journey and some of the physical challenges that have presented him with a “new normal” after his treatment and care, and how he now uses his experiences with prostate cancer to be more empathetic and user friendly with the cancer patients he ministers to every day.
Listen now to this heartfelt discussion of a man and minister who has truly “been there and done that” regarding being on the cancer battlefield “fighting the good fight”!
- “We were not anticipating anything good.” [while waiting on news from my doctor.]
- “The incontinence I wasn’t expecting. And that produced a lot of discouragement and perhaps even bordered on depression.”
- “Having gone through that [prostate cancer] gives me an opportunity to say, ‘Hey, I’m, a prostate patient. I’ve gone through what you’ve been through. And, if you’d like to ask me any questions or like to talk with me, feel free, because I understand where you’re at right now.’”