I want to thank everyone for the prayers which have gone up on my behalf. Now that I am a week past my last chemo treatment, I really feel like I have finally come to the end of that road. The side-effects from my last treatment have subsided. Things were not nearly as painful as the last few times and I am praising God I did not have to use any ********* to ward off the pain this time and only had to use ibuprofen a couple of times. The numbness in my left foot is diminishing daily and my left arm is only tingling intermittently. That means my nervous system is undergoing repairs right now which is a good sign. I know a woman who has had peripheral neuropathy in her feet for nearly three years and it is pretty painful as drugs have not helped her at all. I've read of other women who have to use canes or wheelchairs to get around even after they have been out of treatment for years. I praise God that he protected me during this time.
I will begin radiation treatments after the 4th of July. My concerns are in regards to my heart, lungs and radiation burns. Radiation burns and summer just don't go that well together. However, I'm trusting that the God who protected me during chemo can certainly protect me during radiation as well.
So often we underestimate the power of prayer. When we pray for one another, we are raising each others arms up toward God. When we pray for one another, we are taking the focus off of ourselves and agreeing to walk with our brothers and/or sisters who are in need. We are reaching out with the hands of Christ. While you may not always see the results of your prayers, you can be assured that God has heard them and he is responding in the way he sees fit.
I cannot count the number of times I have suddenly felt a surge of strength this past year and thought to myself someone was praying for me. Sure enough, I would often get a call, a message online or have someone tell me face to face that I was on their heart and they had just been lifting me up in prayer.
Please, don't ever stop and wonder if you should pray for someone. If the Holy Spirit moves upon you to pray for someone, please do it. The enemy certainly is not going to tell you to pray!
16Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working]. James 5:16 (AMP)
What a wonderful testimony to the power of perfect prayer! If we all stayed more sensitive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit more people could and would feel that sudden surge of strength you spoke of. So very glad to hear you are done with chemo and praying that none of those horrific possible things come from the radiation. Keep getting better!!
It has been an honor to walk this journey with you. It has been an encouragement to watch the strength of the Lord shine in you, during your difficulties. And yes, let us heed the nudgings of the Holy Spirit and pray for one another so that they may be healed! I am agreeing in prayer with Blessings that none of the horrific things occur with the radiation and that you continue to improve and heal. We love you K. Blessings! Andrea