I had been diagnosed with oral cancer in July of 2005. No, I never smoked or chewed. I discovered I had Celiac Sprue about two years before. That is theallergy to gluten, the protein in wheat, rye and barley that causes the cilia in thesmall intestine to be eroded away so that nutrient absorption is poor and results in aweakened immune system. Another though less frequent cause for the oral cancer I had is vitamin deficiency which fits well with the problem.I had surgery August 28
and then had thirty radiation treatments ending just a day before New Year¶s weekend. They told me the soreness would actually get worsefor about 2 weeks before it started to heal. The healing for radiation in that areatakes a year plus or minus.Anyway, the story I have to tell is that I experienced an ³incident´ on the Sunday before the surgery. I have always been a prayer person and that certainly helpedme find courage and peace after getting the diagnosis. Friends and relatives invarious parts of the country started prayer chains for me in addition to my own prayers.I live in Black Forest and have a cedar-sided house that the woodpeckers love to peck on. If I had known when I built it, I would have done something differentwith the siding. On the Sunday before my surgery I was cleaning the house a bit to prepare for my daughter who was driving down from Fort Collins to stay the nightand take me to the hospital first thing the next morning and then bring me homeafter the overnight stay in the hospital.While working I heard a woodpecker and went out to shoo it away. As I wasreturning to the front door I looked down to the woods below the house and saw awhite dove on the ground in the trees. Now I have lived here since 1977, spendinglots of time outside and had never once seen a dove before let alone a white one. Idon¶t know why but I said HI to it and turned to walk back to the garage to enter the house that way. The dove followed me. It flew up to the hood of my car and just watched me.I went inside to get my camera to take pictures. I was surprised that it was stillthere on my return. I took a couple of pictures and then took the camera inside. Idid a couple of things inside and then returned to the garage and it was still there. Icouldn¶t understand the dove¶s actions.