“I have always been a pillar in crisis.

I was raised to suffer quietly and alone and never ask for help. I was always the giver, the one who did for others, the visitor to the sick and prayed for those in need. In Vietnam during the war, I remained calm under fire and took risks to aide the wounded. I never showed soft emotion. Men do not cry and do not need hugs.

However, now I sat in pain and felt a part of myself I never explored or claimed to my friends that I was weak. My tough guy image would be ruined forever. My skin cancer treatments became very aggressive and painful and my inner child wanted to cry. But that macho guy wouldn’t allow it. Me, the guy that faced 500 North Vietnamese with an M16 machine gun at my hip and a few thousand rounds of ammo. I was not afraid to jump out of an airplane. Me, a man who is not afraid to face trouble head on.

Now, I’m admitting, I am in so much pain and discomfort that I no longer care about curing the cancer. I want the pain to stop. I know this is the pain talking. But even tough guys want to be hugged.

I learned so much from this experience. In the end, I found that there was spiritual growing pains. I would not have changed anything that happened to me. I would not give up a minute of the pain if it meant giving back all that I have learned and experienced.

The love that I experienced made me feel that God’s own loving hands had caressed me.”
~ Reverend Bill McDonald, Vietnam Veteran and author

The above is an excerpt from Rev. Bill McDonald’s audio and book, WARRIOR, A SPIRITUAL ODYSSEY available on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Warrior-A-Spiritual-Odyssey/dp/B01721RAOS/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1489673106&sr=8-2&keywords=Bill+McDonald

Forty seven years later, Bill was finally awarded the Bronze Star by the U.S. Army for his service during the Vietnam War in 1967.

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