are a few people that come along in your life that help you to understand life
and yourself better. If you are really lucky, you get to spend some
quality time with them, listening and learning, not only about life, but about
yourself. The great thing about it is that they are merely sharing
themselves, not trying to teach, but it just happens. Brad
is such a person. Brad, my friend ,
Hear the Good News, Jesus
reminds us though there might be times when
we feel like we are in trouble or need help, and hope is leaving our soul as
our breath leaves our lungs, He is there, waiting for us to ask for help.
Then we get to my friend Brad.
Please read this note he
sent me, and pray fro him and his family.
Well, it hasn't been long since you heard from me, but circumstances
probably necessitate an update...
To recap generally... for 18 months I received a chemo-therapy regimen
referred to as EP. At that point a CAT Scan showed that the tumors in
my liver had begun to grow substantially. This means that they had
grown resistant to that treatment. I then received in May - June a
second protocol of chemo-therapy referred to as CAV. A subsequent scan
showed continued and increased growth of the tumors (although there is no
"detectable" spread of the disease at this time).
Most recently, from August 7-10 I received four days of a third
single agent drug called Topotecan. This is one of the newer drugs
that shows substantial anti-tumor activity against small cell cancers.
The downside of this drug is that it is more highly suppressive to all of
the various blood products. By the tenth my blood numbers were very
low. On that day I received one unit of blood. Then on Monday
the 13th I received two more units. I felt pretty good until Friday
and then began to have some symptoms that were typical to blood suppression.
Saturday the 17th I really did poorly. That night I had chills and a
fever of 103. We phoned the doctor and started taking a steroid and
antibiotic. That did make me feel some better.
Today we had blood work done and a visit with the oncologist. The
results of the blood test show that my liver function remains almost
completely normal and we are grateful for that. However, many of my
blood products are at critical levels again. Two measurements,
hematocrit and platelets are dangerously low. So, tomorrow I will
receive three more units of blood. Another treatment of Topotecan is
in the works, but my platelets have to get back to 100,000 and we aren't
even a third of the way there! Some of my blood products are at all
So, I wanted to ask you to pray some more! I know that many of you
have been praying for two years, but we need persistent prayer at this time!
My Prayer Dream
When I was pastor at Marlin, we had a very unexpected death in the
church. A group of people were on there way to dinner and a play and
one of the members of that group didn't arrive. Further checking by
relatives found that she had died at home. The entire group of about
40 people ended up at her home on the front lawn. We consoled each
other, cried with the loved ones and the whole neighborhood stood out on
their steps and watched. I eventually asked everyone to form a prayer
circle in the front yard. There we prayed for some time. I
have always thought that that was the church. Not a building, but a
circle of prayer.
Here is my dream. That by September 1st we could form a prayer
circle of 1000 people. Here's how we could do that. I know that
you know many people who pray. They may not know me and my family or
about my situation. But if you could send them a request to pray for
me and include the link below, it gives a very brief, one paragraph
description and prayer request. The link is: http://www.beliefnet.com/milestones/commemoration.asp?milestoneTypeID=6&milestoneID=15938.
The person you ask to pray could click on the link if you include it in your
message, or copy it into their browser. For those who don't have
e-mail of course, you could just ask them to pray. I know this dream
may sound a little strange. I know there is more to prayer than
numbers of anonymous people praying. However, in a recent study
reported in a medical journal, AIDS patients who were prayed for anonymously
did substantially better than those not prayed for! Prayer is a
mystery that no one fully understands. I know it is a strange
request.... but could you help me fulfill this dream?
Over the last two years many of you have given aid to me and my family
in so many ways. Nothing has gone unnoticed by me or our Heavenly
Father. I want to say thanks again as I make these new prayer
requests. Thank you for every prayer you have prayed
and all the practical aid that you have given!
I, we lift up our prayer in harmony for Brad and his family. You
promise your presence and comfort and this is what we ask for. Allow Brad
and his family to overcome this disease, bringing peace and relief from all of
the anxiety and confusion that has accompanied this time. Let us also
remember that You offer to us all that You are, in hope that we might be all we
can be and do all we can do. Be with Brad, Tish, Drew and Jenna.
you Father, for all You have done and all You will continue to do
in my life. Amen.