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Monday, September 3, 2012

Cancer





Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body. Cancerous cells are also called malignant cells.

The three most common cancers in men in the United States are:
   1.      Prostate cancer
   2.      Lung cancer
   3.      Colon cancer
     
    In women in the United States, the three most common cancers are:
   1.      Breast cancer
   2.      Colon cancer
   3.      Lung cancer

How common is cancer?  (www.cancer.org)
    Half of all men and one-third of all women in the US will develop cancer during their lifetimes.
Today, millions of people are living with cancer or have had cancer. The risk of developing many types of cancer can be reduced by changes in a person’s lifestyle, for example, by staying away from tobacco, limiting time in the sun, being physically active and healthy eating. 

Ok…I could go on and on.  There are thousands if not a million different articles out there about cancer.  Those numbers and blurbs are scary and there are times I just get overwhelmed with anxiety about that word “cancer” that can make a room go silent.  I pray for families daily that have found that “cancer” in going to be a word that hovers in their world or for those who don’t know life without that dark word “cancer”. 
Here are a few stories of families that are in my daily prayers. 

 v  A friend on FB just asked for prayers for her friend who is not only a wife but a mother of four.  She just found out she has incurable brain cancer. 

 v  Another friend’s mother has been diagnosed this year with stage 4 Renal Cancer.  It has moved into her bones, lymph nodes and in areas of the brain.  She is a daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, cousin and a friend. 

 v  A little boy has fought cancer almost his whole life.  He is a tough kid and never let cancer get in his way.  As of August 15th his mommy is proud to say his scans are clear.  They at one point gave him only 4-6% chance of living after his first relapse.  But 2 years after his treatment this child is a SURVIVOR!! 

 v  A little girl that just turned is fighting a hard fight.  She was diagnosed at 2 with High Risk Pre-B All

 v  A little girl who was diagnosed at the age of 3 with, stage 4 high risk neuroblastoma.  She is has been in remission since 2010! 

 v  Another little boy has fought a big fight and now is in remission!!!  He had ALL, which is Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. 

 v  A close family friend just found out devastating news.  Here is a blurb from her personally.

    “He has Stage 4, Metastatic Adenoma Carcinoma of the Prostate....terminal. All "treatment" is simply to give us a little more time with him. If could be a few months to a few years. It is very aggressive and very advanced. It has metastases to his temporal bone, 5 areas of spine, humorous, sternum, top of both femurs, and multiple areas throughout his pelvis and sacrum. Treatment is hormone to stop all testosterone...he will go through a female-type menopause...he will gain weight, loss bone mass and muscle mass. He will have personality and mood swings, depression; hot flashes...man boobs, etc.
    They will hit the neck and pelvic area with radiation, but, only radiate other tumors if they create pain for him. We need all your prayers nonstop. Praying for some quality time together...and as little pain as possible.....also, praying for mental/emotional strength for those you live here day to day, that we can grow thick skins and understand that Paul can't help his attitude and personality towards us, when it gets bad.

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This is just a few of many stories I could share with you.  My heart breaks but God is my strength.  I have seen these people and many others in the middle of a “storm” and they lean completely on God.   It is such an amazing thing to see and witness how God works in all of these people’s lives.  God may not heal and He many not make things easier but He is at work!! 
Here is some scripture I find comforting and also how God should be in the middle of this. 


“I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of Jehovah.”
 Psalms 118:17

For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal,
declares the 
Lord, because they have called you an outcast:
‘It is Zion, for whom no one cares!’

 Jeremiah 30:17

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son,
that whoever believes in him should not perish
but have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into
the world to condemn the world,
but in order that the world might be saved through him.

John 3:16-17 

"In view of all this, what can we say?
If God is for us, who can be against us?
Certainly not 
God, who did not even keep back his own Son,
but offered him for us all!

 He gave us his Son-will he not also freely give us all things?
Who will accuse God's chosen people?
God himself declares them not guilty!"

 Romans 8: 31-33

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www.lovinghandministry.com says this and it makes sense to me.

“Why does God allow cancer?  God hates cancer!  Cancer is the result of Satan's power to hurt people in the world.  God is ready and able to help us fight.  Even if the fight leads us to death, God promises us that He will reward us in Heaven for the pain we have endured.  We are His Christian soldiers.  Soldiers who fight against Satan and this evil world.

God takes the evil of cancer and He shows how our determination through everything we suffer is an example to others what God can do in our lives even when the prognoses is bad.  God changes the lives of our friends and family when they see that we will not let go of our faith no matter what happens to us.


God takes what Satan did to us and shouts to the world that we did nothing wrong.  We did not sin and we are not guilty!  He takes the evil of cancer and makes us an example to others of what you can do when you have faith in 
God.”
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As it says state on www.harborbible.com

God’s healing may not be immediate.  We may be sick to the point of death before we recover.

An infirmity may stay with us to
-  demonstrate we serve God with pure motives (Job 1:7-11;  2:4-5)

- discipline us to righteousness (Hebrews 12:11; 1 Peter 4:1)

-  keep us looking up (Romans 8:23)

-  give us an opportunity to be a witness (Philippians 1:12)

-  show that God’s work does not come by our strength but by the power of the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 12:9)

-  accumulate for us heavenly rewards (2 Corinthians 4:17)

-  allow us to partake in the same sufferings as Christ experienced (Philippians 3:10)

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What, then, shall we say in response to these things?
If God is for us,
 who can be against us?

Romans 8:31

And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 
 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
Matthew 10:30-31

So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10

Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place.
 A large crowd followed him, and he healed all who were ill.

Matthew 12:15

He replied, “Because you have so little faith.
 Truly I tell you, if you have faith
 as small as a mustard seed,
you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’
and it will move.
 Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Matthew 17:20

“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth
 agree about anything they ask for,
it will be done for them
 by my Father in heaven.

Matthew 18:19

This is the confidence we have in approaching God:
that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—
we know
 that we have what we asked of him.
1 John 5:14-15


I truly believe that God uses this horrible disease and uses this as an opportunity for growth, faith and for His face to be shown.  Please pray for the families that have to deal daily with this horrible disease.  You don’t have to use names, God is listening and He knows.  Here is something that may help guide you through your prayers. 

Things to pray for…
   1.      Doctors- Wisdom, strong hands, and patience.
   2.      Hope and Courage
   3.      For their fear- may their (the patient, families and friends) be used as fuel for their fight.
   4.      Healing
   5.      God’s Will be done
   6.      Strength
   7.      Pain free
   8.      Their faith is at the battle line. 
   9.      Compassion
   10.    Mercy
   11.    Comfort
   12.    Strength, love and patience for family and friends
   13.    God’s love is visible

There is obviously so much more you could and can pray for but that list can help you get a jump start.  Please Pray!  God is LISTENING!!  


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