As you know my sister, Debbie, was diagnosed with kidney cancer about 2 years ago. After having her kidney removed my sister had clear scans which we were grateful for. After six months, she was scanned again. They discovered that the cancer has metastasized to her other kidney and to her lungs. There isn't really treatment for kidney cancer so this was devastating news. We are very close to my sister...she is like a second mother to my kids. The doctors initially said there was nothing they could do. There is a treatment that not many patients qualify for and it is VERY hard on the body. Since her prognosis is so poor, she decided to see if she could qualify for this treatment. After many tests, my sister just found out she qualified for the trial. The treatment is called Interleukin 2. There are only a few hospitals that administer this for this treatment. The patient has to be admitted to the ICU because the side effects are very severe.
My sister is flying down to Los Angeles and will have a port inserted tomorrow (Thursday, July 20). She will begin infusions tomorrow night. Hopefully she will be able to withstand the side effects and will have infusions every 8 hours until Monday. She will then return home until August 2nd and then try a second round. She will need to do a total of four rounds of treatments. This is a frightening treatment, but she is very motivated to try it.
1) That Debbie and our family would continue to trust God with her life. He is in complete control.
2) Pray that God would supernaturally carry Debbie through these treatments and that she could tolerate the side effects.
3) Pray that God would heal her and she would live to glorify Him.
4) Pray that she will experience God's care and presence in the midst of this trial. Pray for peace for all of us.
Secondly, I spoke with Doug's brother, Ray. Please join me in praying for Ray's 4 month old grandson, Beau. The baby sustained very serious brain injuries and broken bones through serious trauma. The doctors suspect that Beau may be blind as a result of his injuries. I have been praying with Ray on the phone and have told him I would ask others to join in prayer for the healing of Beau's injuries. Ray and his family are learning to trust in God though this horrible event. Pray that God would heal little Beau and pray that the family will grow in their knowledge and understanding of who God is.
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