Dale Sewall is a husband, retired Presbyterian minister, and a father to three adult women. He gives good counsel. He loves and serves the poor. He is a skilled negotiator and well versed theologically. Recently he’s had to undertake a more inconvenient role — that of brain cancer patient.
On April 1st 2011, Dale was officially diagnosed with oligodendroglioma; a cancer – like a mist – in the brain. The prognosis isn’t great. His doctor estimates there is 18-24 months left to live. The Sewall women are praying for a full recovery.
This blog traces the journey taken by all five members of the Sewall family from April 1st onward. Daily posts are the thoughts, reflections, joys, sorrows and miracles experienced in the day-to-day. It is honest. It is meant to inform (and occasionally inspire) the readers and friends that journey with us.
A NOTE ON THE BLOG TITLE: — In a condolence card, a friend described Dale’s condition as “Breathtakingly Suckworthy news.” The words struck us as funny and ridiculously true. A perfect description of this unexpected journey.
THE SEWALL FAMILY (the authors of this blog): Pictured left to right: Katy, Jinny, Dale, Dana, Sara
Dale as himself.
Jinny is Dale’s wife since his early twenties. Jinny is a retired elementary and preschool teacher. She’s also a pastor’s wife, a job that never truly ends. Both Dale and Jinny live on Mercer Island in Washington State.
Dana is Dale’s oldest daughter. Dana is a choir teacher and mother of two: Evan who is 7 and baby Gracie who was just born. She lives in Tacoma, WA and is married to Matthew Zahler.
Sara is Dale’s middle child. She sells real estate in Ennis, Montana, outside of Yellowstone National Park. Sara literally lives where the deer and the antelope play.
Katy is Dale’s youngest. Katy is a Seattle resident in the Ballard neighborhood. She’s also a radio producer for Public Radio.
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