Cheryl’s Health Update – October 22, 2011

Dear Friends,

Thank you for praying for my wife, Cheryl. This has been a long and difficult week for her. 10 days ago, she contracted a staph infection, in addition to her cervical cancer, spiking her temperature to 104 degrees. This forced me to rush her to the UW Medical Center on Monday. We stayed together in her room until Thursday morning when she underwent her first brachytherapy treatment.

Thankfully, the infection is being beaten back by antibiotics and she is no longer suffering the same high temperatures or amount of pain. Her surgeon said with a drainage tube and open wound in her abdomen, it is possible the infection could return. Please pray against this possibility. Her drainage tube won’t be removed and the hole won’t be closed until her hysterectomy at the end of the year.

For those interested in medical things, brachytherapy is extremely painful. It involves placing a radioactive element at the site of the cancer. In order to do this, a hollow steel rod, two metal plates (to protect the other organs), and gauze packing are introduced through the birth canal with only conscious sedation to ease the pain. Cheryl likened it to giving birth to a steel baby. With 4 treatments remaining over the next 3 weeks, you can understand her anxiety as she looks forward to the treatments. The doctor called her a very courageous woman and reminded her that the reason these treatments are necessary is because she is fighting a deadly cancer and not something as simple as a common cold.

Thank you again for all your prayers on our behalf. Taking care of my wife is my priority now, so you’ll understand why I haven’t posted any new studies the last two weeks. But better days are coming! Cheryl’s favorite passage assures us –

Why do you say, O Jacob and speak, O Israel: “My way is hidden from the Lord and my just claim is passed over by my God?” Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. – Isaiah 40:27-31

10 responses to “Cheryl’s Health Update – October 22, 2011

  1. Tears run down my face just reading about the pain my dear friend has had to endure. My prayers are huge for both of you!! Our God is awesome and I know he will wrap his arms around her and heal her. I pray for him to give you both strength through such a painfull, stressful and exhausting time. Love you both with all my heart! XOXO, Marty

    • Thank you, Marty! I wish I could do something to relieve her pain as well. All we can do is love her, pray for her, and encourage her the best we can. God isn’t going to waste this, but use it for His glory. Love in Him. Gary

  2. Theresa Schwartz

    I am praying Cheryl and Gary. If He does not carry us through the pain He allows, faithfully, we are hopeless. I know He will not forsake you Cheryl.

  3. Dear Lord in heaven, I stand before and cry out for mercy for my sister, Cheryl. This is something that is to hard for her to endure. I ask that you have mercy and send whatever is necessary to block the pain when they do the next treatment. You are a loving God that cares for His children and I plead with you to hear our cry and to answer the prayers of your people. I stand only in you, Lord. This is the only prayer I need answered right now.
    Jesus we love you and ‘the gathering’ belongs to you, we need Cheryl to be healed and brought back to all of us, especially her husband Gary. Your word says, you hear the prayers of a righteous man and we have a righteous man pleading with you to cover his wife’s pain.

  4. Dear Friends,
    I cannot find the words to tell you both how much I love you and how sorry I am that you have to go thru this agony. Lord God, ease her pain–please and thank you.
    In His grip,
    Sharon F.

  5. Linda and I just want to say that we love you and are praying for you. God is certainly not wasting this or anything else. To God be the glory forever. Your wife has been a great example to me, especially in the area of prayer. Give her a big hug from Linda and I.

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