Comfort for those living with cancer

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The Liver Transplant Adventure Starts

Liver Transplant Adventure

This coming Tuesday I begin a new adventure when I go to San Antonio for my initial screening to be placed on a liver transplant list. I thought having cancer was stressful, but I’m starting to see that the diagnosis is just the beginning. Transplant? That word never had any meaning for me until a few days ago.

The phone rang and a nice lady said something about an appointment for a liver transplant. I got caught cold turkey on this one. Who was she? Where was she? Why was she calling me? My doctor had mentioned something about a transplant just before my first surgery, but I had other things on my mind. I had no idea what a liver transplant involved or how such a thing would turn my life upside down.

We made the appointment and she said a few things that didn’t really register at the time about forms, insurance, medications, meeting the “Team”, and some other stuff. I really should have taken notes. I already knew I was in trouble with Judy since I had no answers for all the questions she was sure to have. Today my “packet” arrived with the forms. Boy, it’s a good thing I’m not adopted! They want a history all the way back to potty training. I guess I was trained, but I really don’t recall much of the process. I sure wish my dear old mother was around to help.

Back to my initial shock at realizing something was going to change about my life and I didn’t have a clue. As with all good problems I Googled HELP! What I got was way too much information! I narrowed my search to the Transplant Hospital and I found everything I ever want to know about pre-transplant issues, post-transplant issues and some medication information overload when it comes to anti-rejection drugs. Thank God that the Methodist Transplant Hospital in San Antonio has a great brochure on their website that gave me the answers Judy would be looking for.

The list of tests required before a patient can be considered for the “Waiting List” is so long it nearly takes a medical degree to understand. I take it they don’t want to waste an organ on someone who has little chance of having a successful transplant preformed. I still don’t know if all of these tests are required or just some depending on history and other physical conditions. I suppose we will find out Tuesday when we meet with the “Team”. They use this word a lot and I guess a team approach is good, but it makes me feel a little like I’m being considered for the NFL Draft rather than a medical procedure.

I suppose this would be a good point to insert a Scripture since this is a Christian blog, but I’m not sure which applies because to be honest, I’m overwhelmed! One of my favorite “overwhelmed” text is found in Isaiah 43:1-3(a),

1 But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob,
And He who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by your name;
You are Mine.
2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.
3 For I am the Lord your God,

It certainly is true that God will never leave us or forsake us and He understands what it means to be overwhelmed. Jesus was a bit overwhelmed on the cross when He cried out and said; Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Well, I need to start filling out all of these forms and spending some time with my Honey. Let me close out this post by simply saying, I trust God and I know that He already has laid out the course that Judy and I will have no problem following. Because we believe;

Proverbs 3:5-6

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.

In my next post I’ll try to explain the feelings we are having and the uncertainty of this new adventure. I hope to hear from you soon.

LIVING Is The Key Word

“Christians Living With Cancer”. Living is the key word. Too many people think of “surviving”, “existing with”, “battling”, or my least favorite expression, “hanging in there”, with cancer. What I usually say to someone who says, “I’m hanging in there”, is, “Jesus already hung in there for you. Why aren’t you living?”

We all enjoy a good testimony of God’s healing power, provision in time of need, or God’s intervention in impossible circumstances. We should enjoy the blessings others share with us, but how often have you heard a testimony that starts like this? “I have cancer and I am so thankful for this opportunity to have my faith refined by God!” This is just as valid and glorifying a testimony as “God healed me from cancer.” Maybe even more so.

My horse does all the work, I'm just along for the ride. It's a lot like my experience with God. All I really have to do is Hang On.

 

 

Let me share my testimony with you now, “I have cancer and I am so thankful for this opportunity to have my faith refined by God!”1 Peter 1:6-9 says;

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 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, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls. nkjv

I believe in God’s healing power, but that isn’t the point of this blog.

I believe in unwavering faith, but that isn’t the point of this blog.

The point of this blog is,

How do I LIVE with cancer and remain faithful in the meantime, as God works out His perfect will in my life?

A scripture that I do not take flippantly or use lightly is found in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. I know that it was never God’s will for man to suffer cancer in his body, but sin ushered in death and decay. I also know many things about God’s wonderful provision for healing, but again………… that isn’t the main point of this blog.

Here is what I believe is the “Main Problem” for Christians with serious health issues,

“They didn’t tell me about this in Sunday School.”

Have you ever played that old word association game. You know the one where you say the first thing that comes into your mind when you hear a word. Carrot = Vegetable, Pet = Dog, Cold = Hot. What do you think of first when you hear the word “Cancer”? Most Christians would say Healing. That’s a good first reaction, but what do you do in the meantime?

We get lots of good advice from our Brothers and Sisters. Have faith, believe in your healing, confess what you don’t yet see, etc. All good advice, but……….. “What do I do in the meantime?”

How do I LIVE the abundant life while I still face surgery, chemo, radiation, pain, uncertainty and worst of all…… Brothers and Sisters in Christ that haven’t got a clue about what I’m dealing with 24/7? That is the point of this blog!

We who have cancer can and should “Comfort one another.”

2 Corinthians 1:3-5Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.

With this comfort in mind I offer you a place to share your testimony of Living With Cancer and what God is doing for you. I will share as best that I can some of my experiences as I travel down this road. I’ll try not to be philosophical, self serving or too preachy. That might be difficult at times sense I am a preacher, but I’ll try. 😉 I hope to hear from many, but I’ll be satisfied with just one soul to comfort with the comfort that Christ has already given me.

I pray that my experience can help you. I pray that your experience can help me. I pray that our experience can be a powerful testimony to glorify God as He empowers us by His Spirit and the stripes Jesus bore for us, to Live Faithfully In The Meantime!