Your first reaction to that question is probably NO! And I would probably have to agree. I would not wish prostate cancer on anyone. But let me explain why I have asked that question.
I do believe we all have a journey in this life that God has a hand in. I believe we have some measure of control over our lives, but I also believe much of what we experience is totally out of our hands. Did I do something to cause my prostate cancer? Probably not. I don't smoke, drink very little alcohol, exercise all the time, have no weight problems, and I'm rarely sick. But I can't control this: I'm a man over 50 with a family history of prostate cancer. So my journey includes the challenge of dealing with cancer.
So how could that be a blessing? Let me say this: in 30-years of broadcasting I have NEVER been "off" for 2- and- a- half weeks, I have never been off the week leading into Christmas, or even off a few days. In fact, I usually work Christmas Eve. That's okay, it's what I signed up for, and I am not complaining.
When it came time to plan my surgery for prostate cancer, I made an effort to keep my time off from coming during the November TV ratings period. That left December, and with the surgery day of Dec. 9th, it meant my recovery would lead right into Christmas.
For the first time, I've been able to spend more time with my family which is a blessing. My time with them has been more relaxed because I am not up against the work clock. It is precious time that I appreciate so much. It may never happen again, or at least for many years. Again, I love my job, and can't wait to return. But there is a reason I was diagnosed with this disease. It's what led me to go "public", and that has turned into a blessing. Everywhere I go people yell encouragement, tell me they are praying for me, or asking how I'm doing. That is a blessing. Instead of, "hey newsman," it's "Sam, we're praying for you," or "we're really proud of what you've done." The cards keep coming, and the comments on Facebook. That is a blessing. I realize that we (my doctors) believe my cancer has been cured. Right now I am not facing the hell of chemotherapy, or a diagnosis of cancer spread out-of-control. If I had that journey, would I ask, is cancer a blessing? I honestly don't know, but I can say this: I feel very blessed right now, cancer or no cancer.