Quote for October

A Prayer for the Ephesians Eph. 3:14-21

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom His whole family in heaven derives its name. I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

It's Me, O Lord, Standing in the Need of Prayer


Postscript written 12/2/10: Since I wrote this I have seen the gastroenterologist and begun taking a new medication. My cardiologist started me on Welchol, which I write about in another column. The gastro didn't think I had any other digestive conditions and he thought the Welchol was a good idea. I was nice to see him; we had not seen each other since he did the biopsy that found my first carcinoid tumor. Also, I have resumed taking Nexium and Mobic, which did not cause any of the illness. So my symptoms are much relieved. Thank you for your prayers.

Original Post:
I'm in a quandary. All my labs tests for carcinoid cancer are coming back normal: Chromogranin A, gastrin, even the special urine test I asked my oncologist to do [5-HTP.]
However, the diarrhea is getting worse and worse since August. Wednesday I was sick most of 13 hours from 7am to 8pm. I got a few hours of rest in the middle of the afternoon. I am
giving myself rescue shots of Sandostatin and taking Lomotil the maximum dose my doctor allows. Some days I am not sick, but it has become more common for me to be sick.

Last night I had the faith to believe God might heal me. Sometimes I don't think He is going to heal me because it's been so long since I first got sick. My pastor and others were praying for people during church. He prayed for me and others. Then the pastor said, "This might sound odd, but as I was praying for Brandon, I was told to pray for someone's liver." No one else stepped up, so I did, since my cancer is in my liver. It is exciting to think that God recognized I was there, and He sent a special message to Joel (my pastor) to pray for me.

I haven't felt any different since that prayer, but I know I was prayed for regarding healing. That makes me wonder, what if God is healing me, but I can't tell because of the diarrhea? All the data coming back from the labs shows good results. What if the diarrhea is being caused by something else, and not carcinoid cancer? My doctor and I have considered that possibility, so I have an appointment with a gastro-enterologist on November 15. This week I began to wonder if the diarrhea could be caused by one of the many medications I take.

Therefore I am not taking Mobic or Nexium for a week to see if that improves my digestion at all.

So I appreciate your prayers. Very much.