Well-known Christian author and pastor Max Lucado is sharing some health issues he's been battling recently.

"Within the last few weeks, I have been diagnosed with what is called an ascending aortic aneurysm. To be honest, it is a serious issue," Lucado says in a YouTube announcement. 

The medical condition is an abnormal bulging and weakening in your aorta at the point before the curve. If an aortic aneurysm ruptures, it can cause life-threatening bleeding.

"Surgery is possible. I have a great medical team. I've been so blessed with a tremendous team of brilliant physicians and caretakers. Right now our strategy is to watch and see," he says. 

Lucado shares that while there is no surgery planned at this time for his condition, his team will keep a close eye on it. 

"In the meantime, I will maintain my normal routine and ministry. I wanted you to know so that you would pray and would join me in asking the Lord to let His perfect, perfect will be done."

The author says he'll post periodic updates on his website.

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