Friends of Dan:

I have talked with Dan a number of times in the past few days, but I have been out of town so I have not seen him.  In conversation, Dan is so steady, so full of faith and such a warrior.  His strength in this time of difficulty is a tremendous testimony to any who come in contact with him.

Dan has made up his mind to be intentional in his thoughts and actions.  He has always been a positive person, but in light of these circumstances, his constant approach to remaining positive, looking forward to the day, giving a smile to others, praying for their needs and never complaining is such a blessing to me.

Any of you that are faced with a difficulty today can remember Dan and his battle, particularly the grace with which he is fighting it and the trust and confidence as to Who is eternally and ultimately in control.

Physically, Dan is tiring early in the afternoon, has some stomach problems, particularly on the days immediately following the chemo (every Monday), and he occasionally and irregularly has internal pain that seems to be associated with the intensity of the treatments.

Pray that the treatments are effective in killing this internal invader and that he can eat sufficiently to maintain his strength.  As of this writing, he has 9 treatments down and 21 to go with his spirits remaining exceptionally strong.