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Mark Kageyama
Mark Kageyamahttps://www.caringbridge.org/visit/markkageyama
My name is Mark Kageyama. I live in Southern California, USA. I am married, to my wonderful wife Beth, and I have two amazing daughters, Lisa and Tani. At the beginning of 2021, I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, in my bones, prostate, and my lungs. I made a very important determination at the beginning of my journey: I will be healthy, I will survive, and I will be positive every day! I am so incredibly blessed to be able to open my eyes every day! I truly appreciate the simple things in life: being able to walk outside my front door, experience nature, and all of the amazing things that our planet has to offer! This year I have gone through numerous inhumane, invasive procedures including lung and bone scans and biopsies, MRIs, ultrasounds, chemotherapy, etc. I have a CaringBridge Site, where I share my cancer journey. This site has taken a tremendous burden off of me, as far as sharing my cancer journey with family and friends. I also started a YouTube channel called 2BYourOwnHero, to share my journey, as well as, and more importantly, I want to help people appreciate their life, appreciate their health, and embrace their opportunities. I figured that there wouldn't be many stage 4 cancer patients who would be willing to share their stories with the public. I talk about the cancer battle, positive attitude, gratitude, and many other subjects which I hope to inspire people with. Every other Thursday, at 9:00 AM PST, my friend Katie Gasparri and I put on a presentation called the "Cancer Conquering Community" on the Clubhouse app. We are forming a community of cancer survivors, patients, caregivers, and concerned people who are interested in learning more about cancer. Please join us!

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  1. Dear Mark .. first you look well ..
    Please know – you are in my prayers .. as are the Ukrainian people
    I loved your message –
    President Zelensky is inspiring people to follow him to the gates of hell. They are all “warrior-poets”

    I leave you with thoughts from my recent post (shared in part on LI)
    “The Path of sorrow. A thousand steps”
    “A sorrow doesn’t come suddenly,

    There are a thousand steps to take

    before you get there.

    But now ..

    sorrow climbs up our front steps,

    as big as Texas, and we didn’t see it coming,

    even though it had been making its way

    straight for us all along.”

    September 1934

    Out of the Dust – by Karen Hesse

    There are a “thousand steps to take” before you get to the edge of anything. A precipice. An abyss.

    The path to sorrow is rarely seen .. except by Prophets .. hardly ever by the “leaders” and the politicians that lay in place the stepping-stones to help you arrive there. Stones that are laid in darkness. – fem-v

    How very often .. seemingly without warning .. events unfold with unexpected speed .. the steps to arrive there already happened – but few saw them for what they were or where they were leading 🙏

    In recent days .. recent years .. there has been an unfolding of events that are DEEPLY troubling.

    I am made to wonder .. how history repeats itself.

    Is the world again on the edge of some dark abyss?

    How did we get there?

    Darkness is very complex.

    The following are but a few grains of sand found along the path of sorrow that leads to a fall.

    Events are still unfolding ..

    “OMG” Tyranny

    Tyranny: cruel, unreasonable, or arbitrary use of power or control.

    O – overreaching .. overbearing .. oppressive

    M – megalomania .. malevolent .. misinformed

    G – greedy .. grabbing .. governments

    BEWARE and Be aware:

    Governments grow .. mostly fed by power .. and corruption

    That power is intended to blind & bind those they “govern”

    The words of Lord Acton – nineteenth-century English historian:

    “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

    Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence & not authority,

    still more when you super-add the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority.”

    It is important to note:

    “Having authority is not necessarily the same as leading.” – Niven Postma

    Sometimes only one step .. a mere nudge .. is needed to become TRYANNY

    1)

    Tyranny in the Ukraine .. once a free country

    In recent days we have watched yet another global TYRANT, Vladimir Putin, exert himself.

    Wage war on an independent nation for no reason .. other than power.

    Unopposed power

    Corrupt power

    Bent on EVIL

    Be assured “where there is an evil will, there is an evil way”

    “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing” – John Stuart Mill

    “In the physical realm, power is greedy. Never satisfied.

    In the spiritual realm “evil is greedy. Never satisfied.” – fem-v

    Some media portray this unfolding of evil like a video game.

    It is not. It is a WAR. In all wars .. people DIE.

    .. Including innocents & children ..

    “Only the dead have seen the end of war.” – Plato

    “War does not determine who is right — only who is left.”

    “All war is a result of man’s inability to think-rightly and to act rightly.

    Right-thinking produces right actions and good outcomes.

    Wrong-thinking produces wrong actions and poor outcomes.

    This principle is as sure as gravity.” – fem-v

    A concluding thought ..

    Please pray for wisdom for President Zolensky (he is a true leader) Pray for provisions & protection for Ukraine’s citizen-warriors .. and for the sparing of innocents. Pray for an expedient & peaceful resolution.

    full post:
    https://us.bebee.com/producer/the-path-of-sorrow-a-uHJVN7fsnh5V

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