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Get Well Wishes and Updates -- Dan's Surgery, April 2006

This page contains two separate lists of notes -- one is a set of well-wishes for Dan, and the other is a set of updates we have received about Dan.

If anyone would like to send a note to Dan to be added to this page, please E-mail your thoughts to Glen Campbell at campbell232@comcast.net.

I have recently added a page with pictures of the "Drumming for Dan" prayer session that was held I believe on the day of, if not during, his surgery.

Updates regarding Dan's surgery:


From: Dan Bryant
Sent: Wednesday, May 03, 2006 12:02 PM
Subject: Good news

Just returned from the doctor's office. Nothing but good news! The
cancer was fully contained within the prostate so it should never
bother me again, though I will need to have a check-up every 3 months
for the first year. And they removed the catheter so I can walk
normally again, just not too fast! Karen Lindsay sent me this prayer
last week from Julian of Norwich which was my prayer going into surgery:

"All will be well. All will be well. And all will be exceedingly

Exceedingly well indeed.



From: Dan Bryant
Sent: Tuesday, May 02, 2006 11:42 AM
Subject: Tuesday report

For those wondering about my pathology report, unfortunately we did
not get it on Monday and the doctor is not in on Tuesdays, so will
have to wait until Wednesday. I've reduced my pain medication to
just Tylenol and am eating almost normally, though still in smaller
volume. As long as I don't laugh or cough, I feel pretty good!


Note from Dan, 4/30/06, 10:00 p.m:

It's Sunday evening and I am sitting by the fire comforted by a
shawl, many prayers and cards, lots of well wishes and good care from
family and friends. The last four days fortunately have gone fast,
though they could not have gone fast enough. I reported to the
hospital at 6 a.m. on Thursday. They took me to prep around 7. I
declined the offer of a sedative. The prep nurse asked
me if I wanted to see the robot. I said sure, so walked to the OR
where a team of 5 was busy getting ready. I think they were a little
surprised to see me. I said that I just wanted to know that they had
a live, healthy specimen and I expected to walk out of the hospital
the same way I came in! That got a good laugh. Also told them that
I chose them over the big hospital in Seattle so I was counting on
them. They seemed pleased to hear that. The DaVinci robot looks
like a big tarantula hovering over your body, not exactly a welcoming
image for coming into surgery, but after more than two months of
waiting, I was eager to get it done.

They wheeled me in on the gurney at 7:45. A few deep breaths in the
mask and I was gone. My appendectomy from 1994 gave them a lot of
trouble. It took 1 1/2 [hours] to get through old adhesions. After that,
everything went very well. The surgeon is very confident that they
got the whole cancer, but we won't know for sure until the pathology
report comes back. We were concerned that he would have to remove
one of the nerve bundles on the side of the prostate where the cancer
was, but he was able to spare the bulk of it so that is good news.
Surgery was done somewhere around 4:00, I gather. I came to around
4:30. By 5:30 I was in my room where family was waiting, a very
welcome sight for sore sides!

I managed to sit up but that was about it for Thursday night. I
slept well that night (good drugs!).  Friday morning had a short
walk and bit of yogurt and a couple bites of banana. Took a shower
Friday afternoon, ate dinner and checked out! Not bad for someone
who spent 8 hours in surgery the day before. Since then it has been
a little tougher but I am feeling a little better each day, walking
(very slowly) around the house lots, managing meds and diet with a
big help from Judy, and enjoying the simplest of pleasures again for
the first time!

I'll gain a little freedom when I get the catheter removed on
Wednesday. For now, it's one day at a time with each one a little
better than the day before.


From: "Patty Weller" 
Sent: Friday, April 28, 2006 1:24 PM
Subject: Dan

 Dan just phoned, sounded very good. He again wants to thank all of
 you for your prayers.

 Everything went well, he will be able to go home late this afternoon.


Note from Dan:

Many thanks to all who have been keeping me in their prayers. Hopefully I will be on the road to full recovery when you get this.  Several have asked if there is anything than can do for us in this time.  In addition to prayer, there is one thing.  My "swan song" at Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon and first public appearance following my surgery will be the EMO Annual Banquet on May 9.  I would be most pleased if we could fill two or three tables at that event at the Hilton in Portland. (Interestingly enough, the event is sponsored by Providence Health Systems!) Tickets are $50 each. To sign up, please call the church office.


From: "Patty Weller"
Sent: Friday, April 28, 2006 9:59 AM
Subject: Morning update on Dan

 Dan had a good night and if he can eat today and do some walking he
 will be able to go home. Judy will update the office this afternoon.

From: "Patty Weller" 
Sent: Thursday, April 27, 2006 4:25 PM
Subject: Dan's Surgery

 Dan is out of surgery and in recovery. The surgery took a little
 longer due to some scaring from a prior appendectomy. The surgeon
 felt the surgery went well.

 Dan's father & step mother are here with Judy & family.

 Judy sounded very relieved when she called.

From: Patty Weller
Sent: Tuesday, April 25, 2006 1:45 PM
Subject: Prayer Concern

Dan's surgery will be Thursday morning. Best possible outcome: cancer confined to the prostate, nerve bundles spared and no other complications. He hopes to be home the next day.



Well-wishes from the congregation:


----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, August 11, 2006 6:49 AM
Subject: To Dan
Dear Dan,
I was looking to contact you to help me find in Tuscon a church as compassionate as FCC had been for me while living in Oregon.  Then I see your big news and once again you assist in a much needed lesson, as was always the case when I shared in your church family.  You also assisted in counseling my partner and I and when I think of the adversity you have had to face these last months, I feel strengthened by words, hugs and smiles you have given me in the past and feel that compassion again.  This gives me strength to deal with the adversity I am now facing. 
I sincerely hope you are doing well. My father had similar surgery over 6 years ago and is doing well now.  You met him and my step-mother when they would visit and they also enjoyed you and FCC very much. 
I miss having the haven FCC provided me but still feel the love and caring that everyone there shared with me.  You all have an incredible spirit, which until this moment I did not realize came with me on my move.  I hope to locate a similar place to worship here, but in the mean time will use that spirit to help my connection with God during life's struggles and joys.
Dan, I wish you all the best.
Thank you again,
God Bless,
Jennifer Orvis



----- Original Message -----

Sent: Friday, June 16, 2006 3:31 AM
Subject: Dan and Judy Bryant

I just learned of your ordeal via Carl Robinsonís e-mail to me.  Iím relieved you are out and about again, and well on the road to recovery.  Iím pleased to find the treasure of your web site, and will hold you in my prayers and care.  What an ordeal.  I am delighted for the good outcome.  Shalom  Harlan Ratmeyer


From: "Patty Evans" 
Sent: Wednesday, May 03, 2006 8:56 PM
Subject: Note to Dan

 Dear Dan,

Your good report from pathology just hit the wire service at First Christian in Albany and we are rejoicing with you and giving great thanks to the healing presence of the Spirit that is all around and within. We'll keep the prayers up as you continue your time of recovery.

Paz y bien, Dan
Patty Evans

Sent: Monday, May 01, 2006 7:20 PM
Subject: Dan's surgery

Dan, it is so gratifying to see that you were so strong throughout your surgery and that you are healing well. Congratulations to you for your positive attitude and your dependence on God.

It would be surprising to see how well you are going through this surgery except that you seem to do everything well. Our church is very fortunate to have you and your family in our midst and leading us. Thank you for being our minister, and thank you for taking such good care of yourself.

Thelma Weeks

From: Jeanne Swanson
Sent: Thursday, April 27, 2006 10:53 AM
Subject: Dan

Dan, Loren and I want you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers--Jeanne Swanson

From: Hope Lyda
Sent: Wednesday, April 26, 2006 9:29 AM
Subject: message for dan

We are praying for your surgery/recovery and for your family. Marc expects you back at Theos soon!

-Marc and Hope Lyda

From: MarieRichey@comcast.net
Sent: Wednesday, April 26, 2006 9:09 AM
Subject: Meditation

Hello Wonderfull Rev Dan,

Rev Louis Hay is a one of my spiritual & healing "Guru's" . Her book You Can Heal Your Life is awesome. Below is an meditation prayer for surgery & affirmation:.

"When ever I need a doctor or health care professional I am always drawn to one with healing hands, a positive attitude and a loving heart. We work together as a healing team. I know that the wisdom of the Universe works thru the medical profession, so I can relax and accept its gentle, caring attention, as I move quickly through this experience. Every hand that touches my body is a healing hand and I know that the real healing is within me. My body is always working towards perfect health. I trust my body to get well. I am healthy, healed and whole."

In healing love, healing light, daily Reiki and and daily prayers.!!!!


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Sent: Tuesday, April 25, 2006 10:52 AM
Subject: Hi, Dan....

It's pretty obvious that you are a POPULAR guy!!!! I think it's so wonderful to be part of this prayer vigil for your operation and recovery....I have my choir practice Thursday night in Cottage Grove, so, I'll have to DRUM when I get home about 10:00 p.m. If you notice your bed ROCKING a bit, about then, well , I admit....I get carried away at times! :-)

We love you!!!

Linda Dorsey Peterson

From: Peggy
Sent: Monday, April 24, 2006 7:09 PM
Subject: A Rose, My Love, & A Poem for you.

Hello Dan,?
Sending a rose & wishing you well:):)

The That That is all there is.........
And I am that
and you are that
and you are that
and you
and you
and you
and you
and you?????????

All sentient beings
Luminescent angelic moonbeams
dancing across heavens brow
singing hello

Wishing you well, smiles, & prayers.
Peggy Starr

From: Michael Kennedy
Sent: Monday, April 24, 2006 1:04 PM
Subject: Greetings for Dan

Glen, Please pass to Dan:

Dan, I am in prayer for you each hour, praying for the doctors and nurses and the success of the surgery. May God bless you!

Michael Kennedy


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