To clarify – I am not currently doing chemo. I am on a chemo holiday and would like to remain on a chemo holiday. To that end, the tumors need to shrink or stay stable.
So – the prayers I am regularly requesting from you are for the tumors to shrink or stay stable. Although I do a lot with my lifestyle to stay healthy, your prayers truly are my very best medicine right now.
My life experience convinces me of this. This week alone, within a 24-hour period, I got a message from
- Tom sharing that his CEA (tumor marker) remains normal – woo hoo!
- Deb rejoicing in her four- and possibly eight-week chemo holiday (I’m gunning for even more for her) AND
- M amazed that her surgery AND recovery went better than the last time due to positive thoughts sent by friends. (I sent prayers along with positive thoughts – hope that was okay, my dear friend.)
All things for which we have specifically been praying. I LOVE it!
I will add one more to this list, although it requires sharing something that feels a bit personal. I have water from Lourdes and a few people suggested that I put it on the tumor sites and pray to Mary.
So, every morning, I do exactly that. Except, I only did that with one tumor site, the one that is between my liver and diaphragm.
During one of those prayers, I said something like, “I totally believe that you can take care of this, but it would be great to have a sign.”
At my last doctor appointment, he reviewed the CT scan with me and reported that two of the measurable tumors grew slightly. The other tumors they see but are too small to measure grew a bit as well. But the tumor between my liver and diaphragm, the one I have been praying over, was stable.
Yes, ONLY the tumor that I have been praying over is stable.
And yes, I then changed my approach to pray over ALL the tumors.
Like the prayers for Tom and Deb and M and me, I know that this works for you. Pray. Or send out positive thoughts regarding your life. Or tell me what you want me to pray for on your behalf, and I will do that.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for your continued prayers for my healing. I know they make a difference. My family and I are deeply grateful, as your prayers enable the life we have together.
Love and blessings,
P.S. You may be thinking, if everything has grown a little, why didn’t I jump back on chemo.
If you have been following this story for awhile, you know that one full year, and then another, revolved around chemo and surgery and other treatments. At some point, I switched it around. Chemo and treatments became part of my life, but, where I could help it, my life didn’t revolve around them, making all of us much happier.
It is summer and we have vacation plans and life needs to be lived. My doctor and I discussed several options, and we came to this conclusion together. I get tested again August and we will have another discussion then. So please keep on praying for tumor shrinkage or sending positive vibes if that is more your thing and giving thanks for the wonder that is life!