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Hi I'm Don Millsberg

I'm Jewish. I have cancer. I can turn any negative into a positive, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

My parents were Jewish immigrants from Germany and Russia. My parents were good people. When I was young I remember shoveling the snow from my elderly neighbor's driveway. My parents told me it was the right thing to do. I grew up in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. When I was thirteen years old I was 'bar mitzvahed'. It was a big celebration with an orchestra and a sit-down dinner for 300 guests. I spoke Yiddish, read from the Torah, attended Hebrew school, and went to temple, especially on high holidays. I spent time at the Jewish Community Center, and was president of my high school's Jewish club. Every December, my family would drive around Nela Park in Cleveland to see the GE famous holiday lighting display. I remember thinking that any celebration of Jesus which had so many beautiful lights and made so many people so happy, must be good. After finishing college, I lived the life of a Bachelor for many years. However, I always knew something was missing. I attended and studied with many different religions, until one day, now married with children, I overheard my wife speaking with sister missionaries. I eventually asked the missionaries to teach me. As I learned, prayed, studied and attended church pieces of the puzzle kept fitting into place. At the age of fifty-seven, I was baptized. My life has been challenging, but I am so grateful that I lived long enough to receive the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, and to be baptized into His church.

Why I am a Mormon

I always had a strong feeling toward Jesus Christ and His ministry. The Christmas lights and the way I that they made me feel, helped. When I learned Jesus Christ was the Son of God and the promised Messiah, I know it was true. The Holy Spirit testified this to me. I am a Mormon because there are such wonderful people in the church. It doesn't matter what religion you are, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will help you, they will serve you, because we are all brothers and sisters. My dear friends in the church bring me to my doctor's appointments, to my chemotherapy treatments, to lunch and to church. I have such wonderful friends there. I am a Mormon because I know it is true. In fact, it was so important to me that I literally risked my life to be baptized. At the time I decided to be baptized, nurses came to ensure I was wrapped up tight like a Christmas present to ensure no water entered any tubes or catheters hooked up to me. Although my doctor was concerned, I was not deterred. I was immersed in the water, and I am so happy I followed the example of Jesus Christ. Please remember, every negative can be turned into a positive and you are never alone. I know this is true.

How I live my faith

My responsibility for the last twelve years has been the greeter at the chapel doors. I shake hands, give hugs, pass out programs and smile at every person who enters the church on Sundays. I take my responsibility very seriously. If I can show up to church every Sunday, so can almost everyone else. I believe I help others to have faith and to keep the faith. Why, you might ask? Well, I'm very sick. I have been diagnosed with leukemia, waldenstrom non-Hodgkin lymphoma, diabetes, interstitial cytsitus, bronchiastisis, and the list goes on. I am on oxygen all day, every day. I use two canes to walk. I have multiple filters, a pain pump, and a spinal cord stimulator in my body. My list of medications is a mile long. I have undergone seventeen chemotherapy treatments, and over twenty operations. I have been placed in hospice three times, only to recover. If you added up all the time I have spent in the hospital it would total over five years. So, even though I live in chronic pain, I love coming to church each Sunday to greet everyone with a smile. I can be in pain at home or at church. I prefer to be at church. I feel so blessed. If I can make it to church each Sunday, so can you. In fact, as long as I am alive, I will continue to greet others as they come to worship each Sunday. Remember, every negative can be turned into a positive. I use my experiences to help others. Daily, I call others who are sick and I visit them and encourage them, because no matter what, we are never alone. No matter how alone we may feel, I promise we are never alone because our Heavenly Father always loves us, and His beautiful son Jesus Christ is always with us, and so is the Holy Ghost.