Update: Prayer Request and Encouragement 11-30-09
We go into the medical oncologist this Wednesday, please pray that it all goes smoothly and that all the news is encouraging. One of the blessings here is that the oncologist we are going to see is one of the top five destinations in the U.S. for dealing with sarcomas; we live right next to OHSU (Oregon Health Science University), which is one of the top University hospitals in the nation . . . it’s kind’ve like the Lord knew we needed to be in the Pacific Northwest just for this season. Please pray that the cancer hasn’t spread, and that it is indeed self-contained (I like to think “God-contained”) to the mass; also that they will be able to go in and take the whole thing out without any complications, and that they will move quickly — I’m/we’re ready for this thing to be out of my body (it feels like a ticking time-bomb is in my body).
Here are some scriptures the LORD has been using to minister to me lately (these all came from my daily reading of scripture, which as you will see is very providential):
“For I will restore health to you, And heal you of your wounds says the LORD. . .” Jer. 30:17 a,b
“There is hope in your future, says the LORD, That your children shall come back to their own border.” Jer. 31:17
“Ah, LORD GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.” Jer. 32:17
“Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?” Jer. 32:27
“When Jesus heard that, He said, ‘This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.'” John 11:4
There are more scriptures that He has impressed upon me, they have all been very encouraging and hope filled. I am so glad that the LORD is in control right now, we are trying to learn how to rest in Him. Thank you all for your continued prayers, I’ll keep the updates coming . . .
Posted 11-20-09 Please Keep Praying, Benign
You know, it is still possible that my mass is benign. We only received the preliminary results on Wednesday, and all they really said is that the mass involves lymphatic tissue; they don’t say, per se, that it is in fact malignant, yet. Our doctor even told us that it’s possible that the results could still come back benign; so please continue to pray in that direction, we haven’t lost total hope on that. Thanks!
Posted 11-18-09 Not Great News 😦
Just got back from the doctor, not the news we were praying for; but not the worst scenario either. We still don’t have the final diagnosis, it’s still in the preliminary stage; they are leaning highly towards the idea that my mass is a lymphoma. We are still waiting though, there’s still a slight, though unlikely, chance that it’s benign. My doctor was actually encouraged that it turned out to be a lymphoma (if it had to be a cancer at all), it is in the CURABLE classification of diseases; and so this makes this preliminary diagnosis very encouraging indeed! It does mean that I’ll be going through some chemo-therapy, and to be honest at the moment, I’m antsy to get started.
Please continue to pray that this preliminary diagnosis is wrong; and that it actually turns out to be benign. But also pray that if it’s right that we will get hooked up with an excellent oncologist (and quickly); that my treatment will be immediately effective; that the Lord will provide financially for us through this process (I’m the primary bread winner in the family); that my family will be strengthened through this season; that my treatment won’t cause me any side-effects (that I won’t get sick from it); most of all that we will experience the peace and protection of the Lord, I’m sure the enemy of our souls would desire nothing less than to destroy us — I’m excited to see how the Lord is going to grow us through this time. Also, please pray that I will be one of those who is “cured” from this heinous disease. I have many more prayer requests, and I’m sure I’ll be sharing those down the road.
I wish I didn’t have to write this post, at least with this news; I was hoping, of course for different news, but the Lord is faithful, and we’re trusting in Him in ways that we have never had to before.
Posted 11-17-09 Biopsy Results Tomorrow, Please Pray!
Well, tomorrow at 10:30 am (pst) we find out the results of the biopsy. Please pray for peace, and of course that the results are good (benign). I’ll let you know what happens as soon as we get home tomorrow; I would be lying if I didn’t tell you that I was extremely nervous, because I am. I know the Lord is totally in control, and that His provision is superabundant; so I am trying to trust and rest in that reality. Thanks everybody for your prayers, and your continued prayers!
Posted: 11-13-09 Update on the Biopsy
Thank you for your prayers. I just wanted to give a quick update. Today I went in for the biopsy, and that went well; the Lord is definitely using your prayers to encourage us, please keep them coming. Now, of course, more waiting — and it is the waiting that is the most challenging — I am scheduled for Wednesday the 18th to find out the results of the biopsy. Please pray that these results are positive; in other words, that the result is benign. I am, my family is, trying to stay positive; the enemy of my/our souls is trying to play havoc with my psyche, to rob the peace that Christ offers each of us whenever (and always) we face these kinds of stretching growing refining points of growing. The exciting thing is that the Lord is faithfully showing Himself, that He is encouraging me and my family in ways I never thought possible; speaking in ways that I’ve never really known (not in the depth); and coming alongside as the paraclete/comforter that He is in ways that actually remind me of some of Paul’s stories in Acts.
Anyway, I just wanted to give a quick update and say thank you guys — every single one of you — for your prayers; please keep them up, and especially remember next Wednesday (for peace). We are praying very specifically and very expectantly — much like the woman and the judge in Luke 18 — indeed, very persistently that the Lord is going to make the diagnosis “benign.” I have been encouraged in that direction, and I’m excited to see how the Lord is working!
I will keep you all updated, please continue to pray; it’s awesome to know that we have an army of prayer warriors behind us and before the LORD!
Posted: 11-08-09 I Need Prayer, My Family Too!
I just scheduled the biopsy for this Friday morning at 9:30 am (it will be by a needle guided by CT scan). I would just ask that you would be especially praying that morning, for peace (I’m really nervous about the procedure itself). Pray that the Lord would enter into that mass and make it benign (even if it isn’t already). I have a follow up appointment to find out the results on Nov. 18th (Wednesday at 10:30 am); I know you all are praying, but please remember that day and that time especially. Thank you all, your prayers mean everything to us!
This post is going to be a little different, I wish I didn’t have to type it.
I went to the doctor on Friday, I expected for him to tell me that I have a hernia — I had had a CT scan and Ultrasound previously. Instead he told me that I have a relatively large “mass” or growth in my lower right abdominal area (close to my kidney). I was shocked to say the least (floored), as was my wife (and we still are). In fact I’ve never been so scared in my life. One of the hard parts about this is that we are waiting for a biopsy, which should happen this week. My doctor told me all the possibilities, it could be: lymphoma, testicular (doubtful), another kind of cancer (can’t really remember the name), or benign. Of course we are desperately praying that it is the latter, benign. I just would like to ask all of you to pray for both me and my young family (I’m in my mid-thirties) . . . truth be told I’m not doing good at all right now! It’s a battle for me not to run, in my mind, to the worst case scenario; again I would just ask that you would pray with us that it turns out to be benign, which is a real possibility. My doctor told me that my case is not terminal, and he has been very encouraging. Also please pray that I can get my biopsy quickly (and again, of course, that the results will be favorable [the benign diagnosis]).
The primary thing my wife and I are finding comfort in is that we are in the LORD’s hands; and that none of this is surprising to Him, and that none of what is happening hasn’t first been filtered through His love for us! We know that He is going to work this out for the good!