American Cancer Society-The Answers Can Begin Here

When my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, I did not even know enough to know what questions I needed to ask. I did know, however, that the American Cancer Society was a place to start looking for information.  I remember calling and talking to whomever would listen.

The American Cancer Society website is easy to navigate and contains a great deal of information.  I am not going to give a lot of specifics about how A.C.S. can help you in your particular situation, but I do suggest that you log on explore the contents of this organization’s website.

http://www.cancer.org/docroot/home/index.asp

Time has blurred my memory somewhat, but it seems to me that the American Cancer Society paid for, or at least supplimented the hotel costs when we took Mother to MD Anderson in Houston.

I have a friend whose husband had pancreatic cancer, and the American Cancer Society provided him with home health equipment including a hospital bed.

In my opinion, the American Cancer Society is a wonderful organization which endeavors to support cancer patients and their caretakers in many areas.  There is the support of providing knowledge and answering questions about the disease itself.  They give emotional support by listening and empathizing with patients and families.  They provide support with equipment helping to keep patients in their home as long as possible.  They can sometimes provide financial support as they did with us in helping to pay for our hotel rooms.

I know there are many many more areas of help the American Cancer Society provides that I have not mentioned, but by checking out their website and contacting them directly, you will at least find a beginning place to find the answers to your questions.

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What Do We Need? Prayers and Support

Prayers.  Knowing that your name or the name of your loved one is being lifted up in prayer to our Father during a time of crisis gives incredible emotional support to patients and their families.  Precious friends and acquaintances would ask me, “How can I pray for you and your family?” when we were walking the cancer path.  My immediate response was, “Pray that God will give us wisdom and strength”.  Wisdom so that we can make the right decisions for our parents and strength to face the physical and emotional needs of the day.  Oh, what a difference their prayers made.  As I have written previously, even though I was often the only one standing by my father or mother’s hospital bed in the middle of the night, I never felt alone.  God’s Presence was always there.

Support. More often than not, families need things when they are traveling down the path of cancer or other terminal illness.  They need information.  They need home health equipment.  They need appropriate clothing for  their ill one. They need food. They need transportation. They need. They need.

I will begin a discussion of various organizations that I have encountered which endeavor to meet those needs.  Most of the time these are not for profit organizations which desire to minister to patients and the families who love them.

Feel free to become part of the discussion by way of comment, sharing the names of and information about organizations in your area which seek to meet the needs of the ill.

Everyone Has A Story

From the beginning of their illness till several years after their deaths and sometimes even now, their illness was a story that lived in my head.  It was a story that looked for opportunities to be told again and again.  It wasn’t that I intentionally told my story to everyone whether or not they wanted to hear it.  I really understand that some people did not want to hear the details of our crisis, and that was OK.

However, I found that when I was around someone who was interested and would listen, then I found myself starting at the beginning of the story and unable to stop until I reached the end.  It was like a faucet that I couldn’t shut off.

I had never before experienced this compulsion.  This desire, this need to share my story about my parents from beginning to end over and over again, in the same way, saying the same things to anyone who will listen.

After talking to families of patients on the oncology floor when my parents were hospitalized, I realized that I was not alone.  Every family had a story and time after time I listened to their stories from beginning to the point their family member was in their treatment or recovery at that time.

I have a precious friend who one day shared with me the story of her mother’s passing away at least fifteen years ago.  It took her 30 minutes to tell me the story, but once again she did not stop, could not stop until she got to the end.

You know, I really think we have a need to ‘pick up’ the emotions surrounding our story, feel them once again as we talk, and then release them to the back of our mind for a while…….  I believe this to be a good thing.  As long as we understand that not everyone wants to hear everything and most people don’t want to hear it multiple times.  We must, of course, be considerate of them.

This ‘story-telling realization’ helped me understand myself and my need to talk, talk, and talk some more about my family’s cancer story, but I also began to be understanding when others had a need to talk, talk, and talk some more about their family’s story.  We all have one or one day will have one, you know.

Captain and First Mate Share Wonderful News!!

PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WE ARE COMING HOME ******* WE CAME TO THE CLINIC TODAY AND HAD BLOOD WORK DONE. WE PRAYED SO HARD AND I KNOW OUR PRAYER WARRIORS WERE PRAYING FOR GOD’S WILL TO BE DONE AS THE DR. MADE THE DECISION TO STOP THE TREATMENTS RATHER THAN DO ONE OR TWO MORE. GOD ANSWERED OUR PRAYER AS THE DR. TOLD US THAT HE MET WITH THE LYMPHOMA TEAM DRS. AND THEY ALL AGREED THAT IT WOULD BE BETTER TO STOP THE TREATMENTS. WE ARE VERY THANKFUL AND KNOW THAT THE GREAT NAVIGATOR, OUR HEAVENLY FATHER, HAS DIRECTED OUR SHIP HOME. THE CAPTAIN IS IN REMISSION AND WE PRAY THAT THE CANCER NEVER COMES BACK. THE SEAS HAVE CALMED DOWN AND THE FISHING IS GOING TO BE GREAT.

WE WANT TO THANK ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR LOVING PRAYERS THAT HAVE CARRIED THROUGH THIS JOURNEY. WOW!!! WHAT AN AWESOME GOD WE SERVE. WE COULD NOT HAVE MADE IT THROUGH THIS JOURNEY WITHOUT GOD AND THE MANY ANGELS HE SENT TO SUPPORT US.

WE LOVE YOU ALL AND THANK GOD FOR YOU,

CAPTAIN AND MATE

Pancreatic Cancer is No Match For God’s Healing Power

I spoke with Wayne last night.  He had been to the doctor to get the results of his latest CT scan.  The doctor told Wayne that his tumor could not be seen on the scan!!! There was considerable scarring from the radiation treatments, but no tumor!  Wayne asked the doctor, “So God performed a miracle?”  To which the doctor replied, “I’m not going to say that, but something miraculous did happen here.”  Our response? “Well, whatever.”  We are all taking this as God’s miraculous healing power.

The doctor wants to continue chemo for about three more months and then do another scan just as added ‘insurance.  He told Wayne that he was not going to say that the cancer is gone, because it could be just reduced and hidden among the scar tissue.  However, he did admit that Wane was doing amazingly well.  In the midst of the latest round of chemo Wayne has felt well, suffered no pain, and has gained weight.

We are all excited, praising and thanking God for his Grace and Goodness to Wayne and Glynn.  We all realize that because pancreatic cancer is usually aggressive, it could raise its ugly head at any given point in time, once again placing Wayne in front of its life threatening jaws.  For this reason, we are all, especially Wayne and Glynn, enjoying this moment of strength, and yes, healing which is a precious gift from God.