There are two reasons that I have not deleted my Facebook account completely: the ability to keep up with family members who live far away, and keeping up with the prayer needs of others. A few weeks ago, as I was preparing to get off of Facebook for the summer, I saw a post from a friend that caught my eye. This particular friend is someone I spent a lot of time with as a teen as we were coming up through the youth group at church. While we have all grown up and moved away to raise families of our own- these are my brothers and sisters and they always will be. Seeing his post made it even more difficult to sign off of Facebook for the summer because I wanted to be sure that I would know how to pray for his wife and their family in their hour of need. Dana Livingston is her name. I believe I have met her face to face only once- but have been so blessed to see pictures of she and Lesley and their beautiful kids over the years.
I am thankful for sites like CaringBridge.org that allow family and friends to stay connected as loved ones face medical challenges like hers. I signed up to receive her journal entries so I can keep up with her treatment and progress as she shares. When I saw her post on May 19th, I emailed my friend Lesley and asked if he and Dana would mind if I shared it with you. I don’t want to add a thing to her words other than to say…take notes folks. In this midst of her struggle she is sharing the Lord with others. THIS is faith and she is blooming where she is planted. Pray for this family as they walk this part of the journey with God.
The following excerpt is from an earlier entry. I wanted to include this portion so you would have a better understanding of the challenges she is facing.
On Tuesday, May 6th, I was diagnosed with stage 4 Non-Hodgkins follicular lymphoma. For most of you that know me pretty well, know that in May of 2003 I was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer. To hear the word cancer once again in my lifetime has rocked my world!!! I can honestly say that between the first results of the scan on April 28, when the Dr. said to me that the radiologist’s report confirmed several lymph nodes swollen in my abdomen, and that it was consistent with lymphoma, until yesterday with results of the bone marrow biopsy, has been the hardest three weeks of my life.
And her post from May 19th…
I thought today of how we find ourselves in desperate situations at different points in our lives. The loss of a job, a home, a loved one; or even the possibility of these things coming to be.Having an “incurable” disease – well that puts me into one of those desperate categories. The truth is, we are all in a desperate situation without God. Desperation by definition means, loss of hope!
Thank God that we are not a people who have no hope! It is my prayer that I proclaim that hope so that a lost and dying world will have an opportunity to know the hope that is within me.
By the way; that label of “incurable” is not accepted in my house! That will be the last time you hear it from me or my family. I serve a God who created me and this universe- “incurrable” is simply not in my vocabulary! All things are possible with God!
I want you all to know that all of you must be banging on heaven’s doors for me because those prayers are being answered. I truly have had minimal side effects to the chemo!! I have felt somewhat like I’ve had the stomach flu with headaches and slight nausea.Thank God that we are not a people who have no hope! It is my prayer that I proclaim that hope so that a lost and dying world will have an opportunity to know the hope that is within me.
My immediate prayer requests are good blood work, and I really need to not lose any more weight. I have been loosing for the simple fact that I have trouble eating (from lack of room in my abdomen), so thats a two fold prayer – tumor reduction and weight gain!
I truly thank you for the prayers. Where would we be without our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ??
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
Love you all!
Her hubby said that they are not without moments of fear, but as Dana so eloquently put it “Thank God that we are not a people who have no hope! It is my prayer that I proclaim that hope so that a lost and dying world will have an opportunity to know the hope that is within me.”
Man. Talk about encouragement for the race. GOD. IS. GOOD. All the time.