Hope and Purpose
Joel Dougall at age 29, a father of a sharp and beautiful 3-year-old little girl, had been married for 6 years to his high school sweetheart when he was shocked with the reality that he had been living with a bully in his head. It was January 23, 2012 when a slow-growing brain tumor was found in his right frontal lobe. This was shocking to him but explained a lot of symptoms he had been suffering with. Though it was an upset, with help from a community of friends, coworkers, and family who gathered around and helped him and his family, it was not a time of extreme privation.
Joel’s amazing wife with medical experience promptly started sharing their experience through a blog name “Day by Day” at http://praying4joel.blogspot.com/ .
Sharing the details of their journey, Joel had a surgery in Oregon in February 2012 and then another one in San Francisco April 2012. These surgeries were successful and after 7 months of rest and rehab he was able to return to full-time work as a Surveying Tech/ Construction Inspector.
One faced with such life-threatening scares, definitely views their life differently and changes one’s priorities.
The one thing Joel wants everyone to know is brain cancer almost killed him and almost shortened his life, but it was daily depression, over a long period of his life, that nearly killed him with the threat of suicide. Cancer is a hard thing to deal with, but suicide and depression can be even scarier and just as dangerous. One reason is the stigma of battling cancer is nonexistent, but in our culture, unfortunately, battling depression has a stigma of weakness. As a community we need to change this and make it easier for people to seek help with deep depression. “I don’t have any answers on how, but I know hope and purpose is a powerful thing! Please read Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning to understand what I mean!” says Joel.
February 1, 2016
Joel Dougall is now 4 years out from his initial diagnoses, and now has 19-month old boy/girl twins and is still working full time! He enjoys spending time caring for his family and organizing Scottish highland game throwing events in the Eugene/Springfield area, continuing to love life, and love people!