Comfort for those living with cancer

After receiving the denial from Baylor for a liver transplant Judy and I were confused. It seemed like everything was going well while we were in Dallas, but things don’t always go as we would like. I hadn’t even gotten over the shock of the denial when the Veterans Administration stepped in with another opportunity.

The VA does transplants in several locations. One of the VA’s locations for a liver transplant is in Houston, Texas. Judy and I met with Dr. Habib, a liver specialist in Temple, TX with the VA. He looked at Baylor’s reasoning behind my denial and didn’t agree with everything Baylor had determined. He explained the VA’s protocol for transplant evaluation and asked if we wanted to pursue this route.

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Before I tell you what we decided let me share how we feel at this point. Aside from God’s ability to heal, we have no options for dealing with this cancer in a complete way. More surgeries are not possible, RF Abliteration has been done once and may be available once or twice more, direct infusion of chemotherapy drugs is possible and directed radiation. One more future option is the chemotherapy drug Nexavar. All of these options have one draw back, they are only temporary measures.

Each treatment other than a transplant is a little like being on death row. Each time a new procedure is done only puts off the inevitable. How do we feel? We feel like we are on the edge of a cliff and the ground is crumbling under us.

Now that doesn’t sound very spiritually mature and it isn’t. Without Christ in our lives we would be panicked at this point, but…………………. we truly do have that peace that surpasses all understanding because God has NEVER taken His hand off of us!

  • That’s how we feel, but feelings have nothing to do with faith!

I wonder how people who do not have God in their lives go through these trials.

I told you I would tell you what Judy and I decided about the VA Transplant option. We have decided to leave it up to Dr, Habib. He will get the rest of Baylor’s test results, consult with the transplant surgeon in Houston and we will allow him to determine the next step. We are not trusting the doctor, we are trusting God and by faith we believe that He will lead us down His path.

Let me close today with a verse that gives me strength every day. I hope it strengthens you also.

Romans 8:38 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 creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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Comments on: "Here We Go Again, Another Transplant Evaluation" (4)

  1. ROXANA BRADLEY said:

    This is an amazing turn of events. I believe God has intervened here.

  2. Following along with you as you relate your story. There are so many times in our lives when we are presented with the opportunity to ask “Why?” It is encouraging to see you standing on the promises of God’s love, even when things get scary or don’t make sense. 🙂 Bless you guys with a continued fervor as you walk this road.

  3. My dear husband, after all these years I would think you would not presume what I think! I love you! We are going thru trials. We all face things differently mentally, physically and emotionally. I have peace in my heart beyond all understanding about your/our situation. I hurt that you hurt. It is hard for me to see you in pain and so confused about this process.But I have confidence in you, for God is doing will perfect that “being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; ” Philippians 1:6.

    I am not anxious, I don’t feel our lives crumbling around us’ All I can say is the following scriptures keep me secure.

    The scriptures I live life by and can only make it through any situation are:

    When the path twists and turns and my judgement needs clarification:

    Proverbs 3: (My verse to live by)
    5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    And lean not on your own understanding;
    6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
    And He shall direct your paths.
    7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
    Fear the Lord and depart from evil.

    When Anxiety tries to take over my mind I delight myself in these words:

    Philippians4:
    6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

    Meditate on These Things.

    8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

    In the following scripture the enemies are Satan and his minions.

    Psalm 27
    1The Lord is my light and my salvation;
    Whom shall I fear?
    The Lord is the strength of my life;
    Of whom shall I be afraid?
    2 When the wicked came against me
    To eat up my flesh, (Cancer)
    My enemies and foes,
    They stumbled and fell.
    3 Though an army may encamp against me,
    My heart shall not fear;

    When fear creeps in I run to this scripture..

    1John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 19 We love Him because He first loved us.

    Whatever happens in our lives we must remember that:

    Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

    I can only trust and lean on theses Scriptures if I keep a close relationship with my Lord. IF i DON’T …. ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE…

    I am with you all the way
    Your Honey, Judy

  4. I found this blog after posting to a Wall Street Journal article about Nexavar. My aunt was in the original clinical trial and only died last year, five years after being diagnosed and starting Nexavar. It was great for her. I talk a little about her experiences in the comments section of http://blogs.wsj.com/health/2008/07/23/nexavar-works-for-liver-cancer-but-it-isnt-cheap/. (My comments are on August 7, 2009 and today. I don’t want to get your hopes up too high because it doesn’t work for some people. But I think it’s worth a try.

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