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We check in with Pastor Mike Wilkins of West London Alliance Church

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The Pastor's Mother and the Usher (HUMOUR)

It is just about one year ago that one of the two surgeons to whom I had recently been introduced explained to me that the surgery required to save my vision would be the newish sort of high-tech surgery in which the tumour is removed through the nose rather than the older version of the surgery in which the tumour is removed through the forehead. This news followed the other surgeon’s earlier explanation that "because of the unusual size of the tumour, both surgeries would be required, with a six-month healing period in between."

Six months ago later, I remembered how C.S.Lewis begins his book Miracles. "In all my life I have met only one person who claims to have seen a ghost. And the interesting thing about the story is that that person disbelieved in the immortal soul before she saw a ghost and still disbelieves after seeing it. She says that what she saw must have been an illusion or a trick of the nerves. And obviously she may be right. Seeing is not believing."

I remembered that paragraph this past June when I heard that the additional surgery was no longer considered necessary. For more than one reason, I do believe that the cancellation of that surgery is a miracle. Prior to the first surgery, I had been told by one of the surgeons that they wouldn't proceed if the tumour turned out to be "of the consistency of shoe leather." He explained that they just don't do that sort of surgery in the case of that sort of tumour. As it turned out, it was like shoe leather, but they did proceed. On another occasion, the other surgeon explained that the instruments they use are not actually long enough to reach the part of the tumour that had grown above the optic nerves. But when the surgeons reached the limits of their instruments, the upper half of the tumour started, and just kept, coming within reach. I do call it a miracle. And I do thank God for it.

I am also happy (and thankful) to report that my recovery from the whole experience is pretty well complete. My eyesight has improved substantially and so has my overall health and strength. In fact, my two daughters and I are running a 10K race this New Year's Eve. A fit conclusion to a very memorable year!