Let’s pray together – for others. Would you mind sharing – as little or as much as you want – who comes to mind in response to the question:
Who are you praying for? Why?
For me, last week was incredibly difficult and emotional. I received a phone call from a couple at our church and went to visit them at their home to listen to, cry with, and pray for them. “C” – a husband and father – was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor about six months ago. After the initial surgery, treatments, and countless visits to specialists and doctors, they shared the difficult news below. And so, I am in prayer for this couple and their two children. While I continue to pray for healing and restoration of C’s body, I am also praying for their spirits that even in the midst of such heavy and difficult circumstances, they might not drown in discouragement and fear; that they may know that God is with them and have not forsaken them; and that they may continue the “fight” against the cancer.
“I’m sorry for not providing an update until now – shortly after C’s last entry regarding his “clean” MRI, we received news that there was actually another area of concern that should be closely monitored. That was not news we wanted to share w/ you in light of the happy news that we had sent out just the week before. So we’ve kept quiet and have held our breaths these last two months until his recent MRI. We had so hoped that the next time we wrote, it would be to bring only good news and not bad.
I‘m sorry to tell you that C’s recent trip to Houston revealed recurrence of the tumor in four different areas of his brain. The doctor, despite having seen thousands of cases of brain cancer, says he doesn’t know what to make of this as it doesn’t seem to fit the pattern of a typical GBM or anything else he has ever seen. The only thing that he is certain of is the need to operate within the next two weeks. Unlike before where the tumor was isolated to C’s right temporal lobe where there is little risk of suffering deficiencies, two of the new tumors are located in an area of his brain where there is risk of paralysis. But even w/ successful removal of the tumors, there is currently no ready treatment since they don’t know what they’re dealing with.
We are still trying to process this news ourselves – we’ve been here before, but it just gets harder and harder each time to find the strength to get back to that place of hope and faith. Please pray for that because right now, C and I feel desperately lost and tired.”