Bev Cancer Update 11.12.13

Dear Friends,

This past week has been a mixture of challenges, sweetness, and continuing the journey of trusting the only One worthy of trust.

Although my wife, Bev, has been feeling great for the past six weeks, her oncologist discovered that her blood “markers” were elevated indicating that her bone cancer was growing. So, they conducted a bone scan – she was so radioactive that Bev couldn’t hold the grandkids for two days!

Her oncologist called her at night with the results: the tumors along her spine are growing. He told her to stop the medication that wasn’t working and try a new one that he prescribed. Although we admire her oncologist, we asked to see a breast cancer specialist at MD Anderson for a second opinion. He gracious agreed, and helped to schedule it.

What are we learning? Several things.

First, we’ve been reminded that for those who know Jesus Christ personally, we’re pilgrims just spending a short time here on earth before going to our permanent home in heaven. Pilgrims see their earthly possessions for what they are: useful for kingdom purposes, but far too flimsy to bear the weight of trust. Our complete hope is in Christ alone. Jesus is enough.

Second, it’s a huge blessing not to go through a crisis alone. To have a loving spouse, family or friends is a wonderful source of encouragement and support. To hear from so many who are praying for Bev’s healing is an overwhelming encouragement.

Last, there is no substitute for spending time reading God’s word and for praying. The Lord promised us, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). Only when we gain God’s perspective as revealed to us in the Bible, and walk closely with our heavenly Father, can we experience the peace and even joy He has for us, regardless of the circumstances.

Love in Christ,

Howard Dayton

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7 Responses to Bev Cancer Update 11.12.13

  1. Brenda Cyrus says:

    Praying for Bev and her complete healing! God Bless you both! Psalm 46

  2. Beverly Price says:

    Howard, Thank you for the update. Know that God has always planned to Heal Beverly…and us too. Jeremiah 29:11 Your friend in Him, Beverly Price

  3. Kathleen Hoff says:

    Thank you for this important update.  I am starting right now to pray for the upcoming appointment relating to a second opinion.  God is Faithful.

  4. April says:

    Still praying…glad to hear she is pain free. That’s a blessing..in my prayers

  5. Valeri Gungor says:

    Lord Jesus, please heal Bev of her cancer. Thank you for being an every present help in time of trouble. Your faithfulness is our hope and comfort. Please fill Bev, her friends and family with your peace, strength and faith during this challenge. Thank you for keeping Bev from feeling pain so she can live and move to serve you and others as she always has. Lord, we love you and know that your plan for us is the best there is. Help us to walk it out, always keeping our eyes on you and sharing your love with those around us. Let your will be done here on earth and let all your people rejoice in your faithfulness. Come quickly, Lord. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

  6. Beverly Price says:

    Howard, I want to say that I am sorry for the reply that I sent on 11-12-13. I failed to say that I am sorry for her pain and yours. Please forgive me. I am certain that you hoped for the positive. In my mind, Jeremiah 29:11 is the positive but this does not sound very encouraging when you talk of your loved one. God has supplied us with many words of encouragement but this still does not remove the pain and dread. I lift you both up in Prayer. I am sorry for this information, I too sought a different medical evaluation. Your Ministry has continued and I hope that you are strengthened by His Mercy. Isaiah 41:10 helped me. My daughter is 23yrs. young and has DiGeorge Syndrome, deletion of the 22 chromosome. She has had three major heart reconstructions. April 4th this year, we went to Cleveland Clinic; Ohio, reahing out for hope that the surgeon there could repair the aneurysm of her left Carotid Artery and Aortic Arch that had been made when she was 4days old from the main artery of her right arm. We met with a world reknown surgeon that told us it was too risky and to have a happy life. We were grief stricken. My daughter after weeks of processing this information, is aware that she will die in God’s appointed time. She now is becoming psychotic, part of DiGeorge Syndrome, but still goes to Pellissippi State CC, with dreams of having a music school and teaching piano. Jeremiah 29:11 has our whole life in just a few words. Trust God now even more than before, do not grow weak in your convictions. Be still and know that He is God. He has not left and will not leave. He hears you and your Holy Spirit feels you. Jesus loves you and Beverly. Your friend.

  7. hcgramps@gmail.com says:

    Howard, Annie and I know you and Bev are in his care and right hand. We send our love along with prayers. Bob

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