Today was wonderful. I got to spend most of the day with my sweet friend Anne Taylor from Arizona Interfaith Movement. I help with their organization’s website and she was so sweet to bring my kids lunch and bring us a goody box of healthy food for meals this week. I love being a part of the Interfaith Movement and learning from the wonderful people there that no matter what our religion, we have commonality. Every major religion has some form of the golden rule and that is what we can agree on to have a starting place in building bridges of understanding and love and tolerance for others.
We learned last night while doing family history research with our children that I have an ancestor who struggled with cancer. The following excerpt was taken from a biography of the life of William Charles Mann Sr who was born in 1860. My kids think he looks like Sirius Black from Harry Potter. It’s interesting to see how they handled cancer back then. It seems that his wife’s cancer was curable at her young age but his wasn’t when he was older. I’m not really sure what poulticed means but I’m going to look into that.
“I worked with my father and my brothers in the sawmill, also we drive wells for anyone who wanted one. I also helped run the threshing machine which thrashed the grain for the farmers in the fall of the year. The first of April, 1890 (I was then 29 years old) I was called on a mission to the Central States. I was to travel without money, so all I had to rustle was a ticket on the train and a few clothes. My father gave me his new suit and Brother, Sam Howard gave me $30.00 to drive him a flowing well. At this time I had two good wives and had had eight children—Samantha 6 and Louisa 2. Three of the children had died so five were living. I realized it was pretty hard on the wives to be left almost penniless, but they had the farm and their health and strength and a lot of good neighbors, and we all knew the Lord would do His part if we would do ours. So on May 20, 1890 I left on a mission to Great Bend, Barton County, Kansas. I was to travel without purse or script and depend on the Lord for a living. And I can say but for the exceptions of a few meals and a few nights’ lodgings which I now consider necessary to humble me, I was well cared for. I had some wonderful companions and I made friends and converts, and received a great deal of spiritual support from the Lord. I soon made some good friends. Brother and Sister Richey and their children made me a home at Great Bend, Kansas, when I was in their location. They fed me and sometimes clothed me. They would divide their last dollar with me if I needed it. May God bless them for it. I labored from May 1890 until October 10, 1891 at Great Bend. On the morning of October 10, 1891 I received a release from the President of the Church and was advised to hurry home. My wife, Samantha was sick with a cancer. I arrived home October 12, 1891. We left Bountiful and spent ten days in the Logan Temple. At this time we were advised by President Joseph F. Smith to see a Dr. Driggs at Provo, Utah. We were soon convinced that he was our best help. We spent the next forty days in Provo. Dr. Driggs poulticed and killed the cancer in twenty days. In the next ten days through his method, he drew it out, root and branch. We remained at Provo at the advice of Dr. Driggs for ten days more, in which time he doctored Samantha and helped her get her health back. Then we came home. She never was bothered any more with it. She lived 56 years after the operation.
Louisa died in November 16,1932. Soon Samantha and I moved to Salt Lake City and lived at my oldest son’s for awhile, where it was possible for us to walk to the Temple. In the Spring of 1933 I became sick, and after some study of my condition, Dr. Middleton pronounced a cancer of the intestines. (Died of cancer August 18, 1933)
Amos’s mom, Sandi, who is also fighting cancer posted this on Facebook today. I don’t know that anything will be available in time for us, but I hope something like this wipes out cancer in the near future. #teamamos #teamsandi