My wife, Bev, and I met with her oncologist this afternoon to learn if her breast cancer has metastasized to her bones. There was good news and there was challenging news.
Many of you have joined us in praying that the spots on her pelvis and spine would not be cancer, or if it is, that the breast cancer would only be attacking the bone. He confirmed that it is the breast cancer and that the only place it is in evidence is in the bone. The strength of the bones have been compromised, but they can recover much of the lost strength.
The doctor also told us that this cancer is never completely eradicated. According to him, the best we can hope for is that the cancer would go into remission and there is a very high likelihood this will occur.
We have been overwhelmed with the prayers, encouragement and the helpful counsel of so many of you personally.
Bev is going to fight this cancer three ways: (1) Spiritually, by prayer, staying in God’s word, meditating on His promises and love, and staying connecting to her family and friends. (2) Medicine, by using the best doctors and treatments available. (3) Alternative treatments, by eating a really healthy diet and getting good advice on how to strengthen her immune system.
Sooooooo, the initial treatment will be medication designed to block the estrogen dominate cancer, and radiation of the pelvis area which is scheduled to begin July 3rd. We are praying that the side effects will be minimal.
We are both fatigued from the emotion of this day. But we are completely at peace. One of our favorite passages in all the Bible is Philippians 4:6-7, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
If you would like to follow Bev’s progress you can facebook her at Beverly Dayton.
And in a few days we will post at www.compass1.org a chapter I authored a couple of years ago about how to handle a crisis God’s way. Bev and I have been through a number of crises in our 42 years of marriage: birth of special needs child who died at age 11, unwanted career change, death of our parents, and Bev’s two bouts with breast cancer, to name a few. Through them all, we can say without hesitation – God is absolutely faithful to be with us every step of the way.
Consider what Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 4:17, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what us unseen, since what is seen is temporal, but what is unseen is eternal.”
Love in the healer, Jesus!