Only One Among Many

August 14, 2008 at 6:01 am 1 comment

Unless you or one of your loved ones has had cancer, you can’t begin to understand the daily struggle that monster brings into one’s life.  We have a much deeper appreciation for those who have walked this path before us.  Dan is only one among thousands who battle daily with a malignant growth.

Dan had a fine day yesterday, but has not felt well most of today – diarrhea again, nauseated, can’t stand for his skin to be touched, extremely exhausted, a rash on his neck — all resulting from the poison put into his body to try to kill the enemy who is determined to claim his body.

His right leg and cancer mass are swelling again causing pain.  Chemo works on only 5% of the type sarcoma cancer Dan has.  It is such a rare type of cancer that there is very little information about it.  The doctors are doing the best they can…they just don’t know what will work.

Today, Dr. Anderson, Dan’s oncologist, sent Dan to the local ER for a CBC where a Dr. took a hands on look at Dan to see if there is anything that needs further treatment.  He was alarmed at Dan’s platelet count until he spoke by phone with Dr. Anderson.  Dr. Anderson told the ER doc, “Oh, that is a good count.  That is exactly where I’d expect it to be after the chemo Dan had last week.”  

Dan was invited to return Friday during the hours when that ER doc is on duty.  The nurse told Dan, “Oh, you must be special.  He seldom asks an ER patient to return to specifically see him!”  

The apostle Peter instructs, “The purpose of these struggles is to test your faith.  Your faith is more precious than gold.  Gold will be destroyed, but after your faith is tested through fire, it will last.  When Jesus Christ is revealed, your faith will be praise, glory and honor for Him . . . So, get your minds ready.  Be alert.  Put your hope completely upon the gracious love that you will receive when Jesus Christ appears (1 Peter 1: 7, 13-SEB).”  Our minds are the battlefields in which Satan desires destroying Christians.

The journey is long, the path is rocky, but God is with us.  Your prayers, being sent from around the world, are helping us keep our minds focused on God and keeping God’s attention on Dan 24 hours a day. Thank you.  — Anne and Dan

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  • 1. Sherrie Hammond  |  August 14, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    Yes, I concur that only those who have walked the “cancer path” truly understand the devastation Satan brings upon one’s precious body–or upon a loved one’s body. Jesus understands the torture, torment, and pain–Jesus went to and endured the cross. Jesus suffered greatly so that believers can find joy in living one day at a time, no matter what Satan throws on us. God’s Promise: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior . . . Do not be afraid, for I am with you (Isaiah 43:2,3,5-NIV),” Love, hugs, and prayers to you both, Sherrie

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