Eugene Cho

“beaten down and hopeless”

Couple weeks ago, I posted a request for prayer for one of my congregants named Craig.  I recall dropping by his home to pray for him and his wife, Betty, the day before the surgery.  It was supposed to be a “routine” surgery to remove a “benign tumor” in his brain.  Unfortunately, the situation turned for the worse…  While they were successfully able to remove three golf size worth of tumor in his brain, the tumor was found to be Grade IV cancerous.  Needless to say, it was shocking news.

As Craig/Betty’s friend and pastor, I’ve been praying for the protection of their souls – so as to protect them from hopelessness or discouragement.  And while some may see it as foolish, we are praying for a physical miracle as well – for the restoration of his body.   The weeks and months ahead will be critical for Craig.  As you feel led, join me in prayer. 

Many of you have the presence of a “Craig” in your life.  May you be a source of grace, hope, and care to them in their difficult season.

With permission, I am posting an update [minus their kids’ names] from Betty on their recent life circumstance…

Craig and I are tremendously grateful for all your calls and emails, and for covering us in prayer these past two weeks.  I know many of you have been receiving little bits of news here and there – I’m sorry that I haven’t been able to fully update you until now.   

Craig had his surgery on Oct. 29 and the doctor was able to remove all of his tumor.  Unfortunately, the tumor was not benign as originally hoped.  Craig has been diagnosed with glioblastoma which is a grade IV brain cancer – the most aggressive form of brain cancer.  He has been back home for over a week now and is recovering very well.  He is up and about and has not noticed any mental or physical deficits. He will be starting radiation and chemotherapy this upcoming week.  The treatment will be six weeks, after which time he will continue to receive some form of chemo and continue to be monitored through MRIs at 2-3 month intervals for recurrence.  Because it is a grade IV brain cancer, we have been told by the doctors that it will almost certainly return.    

Craig and I could never have imagined ourselves in this place two weeks ago.  It still feels incredibly unreal – we have never been so scared in our lives.  There have been times in these last two weeks where our spirit has been completely broken, where we have felt so utterly beaten down and hopeless.  But in this time, we have also felt restored and lifted up by your prayers and support – we have experienced God’s love so strongly as expressed through all of you.  We feel so loved – thank you for this gift, we are forever grateful.   

While we are aware of the realities of the prognosis, Craig has far too much to live for – he fully intends to be a survivor and has tremendous fight in him.  We know the difficult road ahead of us, but Craig’s Auntie Mabel reminded us of God’s wonderful promise in Isaiah 40:31:  “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”  Our Pastor Eugene told us to be bold in asking God to grant us a miracle and have faith that somehow glory and praise will be given to God through this, so we ask that you join us in being bold in asking for this miracle.   

As Craig begins his radiation and chemo this week, we also ask that you will pray that his body tolerates the treatment – specifically protection from fatigue and nausea.  He has lost a lot of weight these last few weeks and cannot afford to lose anymore as his body needs to be strong and healthy to withstand the treatment – so please pray that he will have the appetite to eat and gain weight.  And J and K – may they feel stability and know that our love for them is always constant and near.  And lastly, please just pray for a constant renewing of our minds and spirits so that we may remain faithful and hopeful.   

All our love and thanks – we cannot do this without you.

Filed under: health, prayer, religion

5 Responses

  1. patlo says:

    We join you in prayer!!

  2. Rex Hamilton says:

    As one who understands “beaten down and hopeless” with my father’s struggle with cancer…I too will pray today. Peace to you.

  3. theaffirmationspot says:

    I’m going to forward this along to some people with a large prayer chain.

  4. I lost my dad on February after 1.5y struggling against cancer. So, I know how Betty and their children feel. I Will be praying for Craig and family.

    Dear Lord Jesus, often we don’t understand situations but the only thing we can do is trust that you are in control, that you are King and that your will shall be done. I pray for Craig, Betty and their children while they walk through the valley of the shadows of death. Lord, please hold their hands firmly, or even better, hold them in your loving arms, encourage them and bless them all the way through that valley. Amen.

  5. Esther says:

    I am joining you in prayer. I do not know you personally, but we are FAMILY, and family is there for one another. I was crying when I read your letter. God sees the tears of His beloved. And more: God knows your heart (since the deepest and most painful tears are cried in the heart) And God alone is able to comfort and uphold you. He will!

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