Comfort for those living with cancer

I am really confused! One day the doctors say, “No cancer.” Less than 24 hours later another doctor calls and says, “You need to be on chemo therapy.”  What a roller coaster ride!

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Yesterday Judy and I saw my cancer surgeon and he gave us the report from my extensive cat scan, knees to chin. “No new tumors, no spreading of cancer. We’ll just keep monitoring.” That certainly was a good report. He also didn’t have anything good to say about the chemo therapy drug Nexavar which is the only chemo drug for liver cancer.

Less than 24 hours later my GI doctor calls and says that I should be on Nexavar. She has been talking to the liver transplant specialist and he thinks I should be on Nexavar, even though he said I wasn’t qualified for a liver transplant. ??????

Now I have an appointment to go back to my Oncologist so that she can talk to me about starting chemo therapy, even thou two weeks ago she didn’t recommend it. ??????

Maybe I should get my dentist’s opinion or maybe the piano tuner guy that looked at Judy’s piano this morning. I really am confused!

Not having gone through this before leaves me at a bit of a loss as to weather others with cancer face similar ups and downs. It is one of the reasons I began this blog, to share with others Living With Cancer.

I really feel like I am on an emotional roller coaster.

The most difficult part is watching Judy. One minute she is dancing and praising God and the next she is looking for some way to encourage me. I wish I could give her some stability, but it seems that is one of the problems with cancer, lack of stability.

As a Christian however……………………. we have stability that is absolutely certain and unchangeable!

Psalm 18:1-3

1 I will love You, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
3 I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised;
So shall I be saved from my enemies.

I am so thankful that my Jesus is there for Judy and I! I am persuaded that He is able to keep us…

2 Timothy 1:12

12 For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.

Even with all of the ups and downs, emotionally, of Living With Cancer, I have a peace that surpasses all understanding! Even as I share my thoughts here and look into the WORD I am blessed and I am reminded that:

Romans 8:37-39

37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Judy and I pray that someone will be comforted with the same comfort we are comforted with. Would you please pray with us?

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Comments on: "The Roller Coaster of Living With Cancer" (5)

  1. http://freeatlastww.wordpress.com/2012/04/19/the_joy_of_life/

    Here is a link so you can read it for yourself. 🙂 I posted your link on my blog as well, so that even more people can pray, as well as continue to be encouraged and uplifted by your story and your choice to walk with God, even when the path leads you into a shadow. 🙂 (((hugs))) Jessie

  2. Oh my sweet sweet husband, how I love you. I am enjoying how God is working in your life! He truly is. You are on a roller coaster and I feel Iam on a train which goes on a smooth track that has some curves and swerves in it. God has truly blessed me with Faith. It has been tested so many times and He has proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that I” shall not be moved.” You have made the comment many times ” I wish I had faith like my wife” Honey you are well on your way. That is what our Father is doing in our lives right now. After the phone calls you stated in you blog, we prayed. We prayed that our faith would not waiver and that all the doctors would come into agreement. No matter what things look like we will look into the Word and never falter for God knows what is best and He also is doing a might work in both of us.

    We glory in trials and tribulations ! So, what happens less than an hour later? We get a call from your Oncologist, stating you are not going on the medication and everyone is in agreement with her! Oh, when we call upon His name He answers!

    1PETER 13-9

    3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

    6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, 8 whom having not seen[a] you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9 receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.

    10 Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you, 11 searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. 12 To them it was revealed that, not to themselves, but to us[b] they were ministering the things which now have been reported to you through those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things which angels desire to look into.

    1PETER 4:12-19
    12 Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; 13 but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. 14 If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.[d] On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people’s matters. 16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.

    17 For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 Now

    “If the righteous one is scarcely saved,
    Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?”

    19 Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.

    HONEY, GOD GAVE ME THESE SCRIPTURES BEFORE I EVEN READ YOUR BLOG. AS WE KNOW THE TIME IS VERY SHORT AND HE IS WORKING QUICKLY TO DO HIS BIDDING ON THE EARTH. YOU ARE A MIGHTY TOOL HE IS USING. BE ENCOURAGED JESUS IS COMING SOON! 🙂

  3. I too have experienced this roller coaster – which makes me – loose my stomach. I was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer – experienced the Whipple Surgery (removing most of my abdomen organs). Now on chemo drug Gemzair – and was told the last treatment is in August this year – after that – they will just monitor. I was told to live my life to the fullest this year – next year 80% chance of pallative care. Thanks be to the Almighty – I serve an awesome God – who has given me peace that passeth all understanding – where man is trying to unleash doubt/worry/confusion.
    Let us pray for each other and all those who suffer from the world of confusion.

    • pastorsteve70x7 said:

      Judy and I will be praying for you. May God give you His peace that surpasses all understanding.

  4. […] I have a couple of friends currently dealing with a situation that in one friend’s words is like riding a roller coaster. The name of this roller coaster is cancer. Many people are familiar with this particular ride, having undergone it themselves or with a loved one. Many of us have lost special people in our lives to this roller coaster. It seems to be a ride you can never fully exit. For many people the fear of it coming back is ever present. Steve’s blog is here. […]

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