Friday, June 4, 2010
Pastor Steve's Cancer Numbers Rising
Since I started this blog over a year ago, some of you have been following have been in prayer for our Pastor. Well, he and his family need more prayers. This is part of the message that his wife, Marilyn wrote on FaceBook...
"Before we left the chemo center, we finally got word on his CEA marker: his marker was 168, which is a 68% increase since the last treatment (a significant increase). When I heard the results, it felt like someone punched me in the gut and took my breath away. We knew it would increase, and thought it may be as high as 150, but were taken aback at the sharp increase. It even surprised our care provider (she thought it might only increase by 20%). In very plain english, this means his cancer is growing, and growing more rapidly than expected.
What do we do with this information?? Good question! In simple terms, it means we have decisions to make in the coming weeks:
1) Stop treatments and let the cancer take it's natural course, and in the end Steve will pass on to eternity with Christ;
2) Continue treatments and try to slow the growth rate down, have Steve endure the side effects of chemo, "buy some time" here on earth, and then pass on to eternity with Christ; and
3) receive a miraculous healing from our Great Physician! Steve knows he is is a win-win situation: Healing on earth, or Healing with his first breath in heaven! Steve's heart is summed up by the apostle Paul, in Philippians 1:21, "To live is Christ, to die is gain."
Even though this verse sums up where Steve's heart is, it is still a very heavy cup to bear, not only for him, but for our family and our friends. At times, I feel like I can't even catch my breath, and I feel like I could vomit under the anguish and pain ahead. Yet, we continue to seek His Will, and continue to seek your comfort and prayers."