October 30, 2014
Lord, Thank you for Andrew. He is your precious son and our brother in Christ. Heal him. Help him regain her health. Strengthen him. Comfort him and give him peace. Comfort those who love him and guide them to be a comfort to Andrew. Loving Father, we praise and honor you. Thank you for hearing our prayer. Amen
I am not sure if you want some advice, but I am offering it in case you do and if I can alleviate his pain or suffering by only a little bit. I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma at the beginning of March. There was a tumor on my lumbar 3 and 4 as well as lymphoma in and between both. I also had tumors in other parts of me. I have slowly been getting back to normal, and it is now limited to three tumors (two that are 1/2 inch and one that is still attached to, and in, lumbar 4 and is 1 inch.
Stay away from sugar. Cancer feeds on sugar. I completely changed my diet to mainly fruits and vegetables. Meditation helps. Most sources recommend at least 2 15-minute sessions/day. Prayer, of course, helps as does one's own faith. Praying and having people pray for and with Andrew is important. I started reading the Bible at the beginning and recently completed the Old Testament. Carrying around a sheet with Bible verses, and reading it often, about healing has helped people recover. Oncologist Dr. Bernie Siegel has written Love, Medicine, and Miracles and The Art of Healing about the power of prayer to overcome cancer. Norman Vincent Peale, who started Guideposts, endorsed the book, and my parents' minister at their Methodist church in Ohio delivered a sermon on it. He has a website and answers questions and has been very helpful to me. I didn't start asking Bernie for detailed information until the first two sets of chemicals had left lymphoma in me and I felt I needed to search out every possible bit of information. Another thing that helped me stand up to the chemotherapy and stay out of the hospital and have my tumors shrink by 3/4 is working with a Christian hypnotist. I used Celeste Hackett who teaches other hypnotists. www.FamilyFirstHypnosis.com 972-673-0110
I joined the International Strategic Cancer Alliance, recommended by Bernie Siegel. They can supply supplements that will help strengthen the immune system and strengthen the body against the chemotherapy effects, which, for some people, has been enough to keep the cancer from returning. Phone: 610 628 3419
FAX: 610 765 1264
They also answer questions about diet. I started using supplements from them on Monday.
David Servan-Schreiber, M.D. had cancer which recurred and he was able to defeat by integrative medicine (diet, meditation, etc.). He wrote Anti-cancer, A New Way of Life, which became an international bestseller.
I have used a naturally-sweetened drink with pieces of ginger in it, which has taken care of nausea for me.
A number of sources recommend laughing several times/day - even if Andrew has to look for sources of laughter. My husband records George Burns and Gracie Allen on TV for me every night and I watch the show and laugh while I am eating. My brother and another friend send me email jokes early everyday. Norman Cousins was able to get himself over cancer by staying in a hotel room, away from everyone else, and laughing at recordings of Candid Camera.
If chemotherapy is involved, Bernie advises decreasing one's normal intake of calories by 2/3 three day before and one day after the treatment. During the treatment, if Andrew wants to keep his hair, he can put ice bags on his hair covered by a hat. Use a heating pad on the area of the tumors. The chemicals will stay out of the area where metabolism has slowed down and concentrate on the area where metabolism has speeded up. Frankincense is an anti-cancer source.
I hope this information is helpful. Remember that fear is the opposite of faith. The Bible is full of healing miracles. As Bernie wrote in Love, Medicine, and Miracles, "there is no 'terminal illness' from which someone has not recovered, even of the threshold of death." Over the years, I bought 18 copies of Love, Medicine, and Miracles. Every single person to whom I gave it got over cancer, except one who refused to read it. I apologize in advance if some of this information is a bit "far out" for you or for Andrew. I hope he is able to get over the cancer very quickly. I don't want him or you to fear. I want to emphasize that God is in charge. Actively seek Him out, not just for a few minutes of prayer. Paul instructed us to pray unceasingly. May God help Andrew recover.
By Jan Woody