Visit with the Oncologist

December 6, 2008 at 6:46 am 3 comments

This week Dan had 3 doctor’s appointments.  By the time we get ready, drive 30 – 60 minutes to get to the office, wait awhile before we see the doctor, talk with the doctor who tells us there is nothing to be done to help Dan get well, we wonder why we even go to see the doctors.  It takes at least half a day to go see a doctor…and we come away depressed.  

Today the oncologist carefully checked Dan for any sign of further problems.  He suggested that Dan meet with the radiologist to determine if the incision is in an area that was not radiated.  If it was not radiated following surgery Jan. 8, ’08, (to remove the first sarcoma),  radiation on this incision may help it heal.  

At our request, the oncologist agreed to order a C-T Scan to compare the size of the sarcoma now with the first C-T Scan in July. It might help us know if the cancer is getting smaller,  larger; growing rapidly, slowly.  What we do know is that we belong to Jesus.  We put our trust in Him.  Whatever happens, we will be okay because we are safe in Jesus.

Jamie sent us the words of one of our lifelong favorite songs. This song truly expresses our feelings, our belief, our trust in God.  Dan just happened to be singing it a few mornings ago, and I joined in.  The words, the beautiful flowing harmony all work together to bring us peace.  

“Father, hear the prayer we offer; Nor for ease that prayer shall be,
But for strength that we may ever live our lives courageously.
Not forever by still waters would we idly, quiet stay; 
But would smite the living fountains from the rocks along our way.
Be our strength in hours of weakness, In our wanderings be our guide;
Thru endeavor, failure, danger, Father, be Thou at our side.
Let our path be bright or dreary, Storm or sunshine be our share;
May our souls in hope unweary make Thy work our ceaseless prayer.”
 — “Father, Hear the Prayer We Offer”, by Love M. Willis &  John B. Dykes

May this song bless you and give you a glimpse of what makes us “tick.”  — Anne and Dan

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The God of Hope What Do You Say?

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jeanie Mercer  |  December 6, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    2 Peter 1:19 [for Dan and Anne Boyd]

    May the Morning Star
    Rise in the darkest corners
    Of your troubled hearts.

  • 2. Sherrie Hammond  |  December 7, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    The women at the cross felt the same emotional pain you feel now watching your loved one suffer pain. I felt the same inner emotional pain every time I watched or learned that one of my loved ones was dying. I’ve gone through this grief many times in my lifetime. Jesus truly knows how we feel. Jesus watched his mother and his follower suffer inner emotional pain due to His physical suffering and death on the cross. I thought about this truth fact when I waited while my loved one suffered with cancer. It is an excruciating grief to feel. And then, I read these verses. And I knew, Jesus really does comprehend and feel my pain. I knew, Jesus really is right here now with me feeling my pain. So, I hope you gain strength, comfort, and encouragement from reading these verses as you relate your emotional, inner pain to the cross of Jesus.

    “Jesus’ mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary, from the town of Magdala, stood near the cross. Jesus saw his mother and the follower whom he loved standing there. He said to his mother, ‘Woman, look at your son [John].’ Then Jesus said to that follower, ‘Look at your mother [Mary].’ From that moment on, that follower accepted Mary as his own mother (John 19:25,26-SEB).”

    Then, Isaiah brings me back to the true reality about Christ’s suffering and the good meaning that Christ’s suffering means for all Christians who suffer pain. I truly appreciate all the Lord Jesus did for Christian believers, because when we feel His type of pain, we appreciate the work He did for us on the cross. And then, we have hope in the Resurrection Promise deeper than ever before.

    “People made fun of Him, and His friends left Him. He was a man that had much pain. He knew sickness very well. People did not even give him the honor of looking at him. We did not even notice him. But He took our troubles and made them His. He bore our pain, and we thought God was punishing Him. We thought God beat Him for something he did. But He was given pain to suffer for the wrong things we did. He was crushed for our guilt. A debt we owed–our punishment–was given to Him. We were healed (forgiven) because of His pain.”

    “But even after He did this, all of us wandered away like sheep. We all went our own way. We did this after the Lord freed us from our guilt and put all our guilt on Him. He was hurt and punished. But He never protested. He said nothing–like a sheep being taken to be killed. He was like a lamb that makes no sound when someone cuts off its wool. He never opened His mouth to defend Himself. Men used force and took him–and they did not judge Him fairly. No person can tell about His future family, because He was taken from the land of the living people. He was punished to pay for the sins of my people . . . He did nothing wrong–he never spoke lies–but still these things happened to Him . . . The Lord decided that he must suffer, so the Servant gave himself to be the one to die. But He will live a new life for a long, long time. He will see His people. He will complete the things the Lord wants Him to do. He will suffer many things in his soul, but he will see the good things that happen. He will be satisfied with the things he learns. My Good Servant will make many people not guilty; he will carry away their guilt. For this reason, I will reward him among My people. He will have a share of all things with the people that are strong. I will do this for him because he gave his life for the people and died. People said he was a criminal. But the truth is that he carried away the sins of many, many people. And now he speaks for people that have sinned (Isaiah 53:3-12-ETRV).”

    Love you, Sherrie

  • 3. Fern Doyle  |  December 8, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    We prayed a special prayer for you last night at our “life group” meeting. We do hope that you will have a pain-free day. May our Lord wrap his arms around you and bless you with everything you need for this day and the days to come.

    I cannot imagine what it would be like to live with pain every hour of the day and see no end in sight. It must be very trying on your faith.

    God can supply the strength you need. I applaud your strong dependence on Him. It also increases the faith of those who know of your situation.
    Fern & Dale Doyle


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