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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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!
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
phoned, sounded very good. He again wants to thank all of
you for your prayers.
went well, he will be able to go home late this afternoon.
Note from Dan:
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
will be able to go home. Judy will update the office this
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.
from the congregation:
----- Original Message
Sent: Friday, August
11, 2006 6:49 AM
Subject: To 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
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
Thank you again,
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, June 16,
2006 3:31 AM
Subject: Dan and Judy
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
Sent: Wednesday, May 03, 2006 8:56 PM
Subject: Note to 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
From: THELMA WEEKS
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.
From: Jeanne Swanson
Sent: Thursday, April 27, 2006 10:53 AM
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
Sent: Wednesday, April 26, 2006 9:09 AM
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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From: LINDA PETERSON
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
Sent: Monday, April 24, 2006 7:09 PM
Subject: A Rose, My Love, & A Poem for you.
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
All sentient beings
Luminescent angelic moonbeams
dancing across heavens brow
Wishing you well, smiles, &
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!