Your Dr. Did What ?

Cancer. That ugly, scary, six letter word that no one wants to hear once, let alone twice. Our dear friend called with the bad news. He had been given similar news 5 years ago, but was free and clear after several months of treatment. It’s back, we asked? Ha, he laughed, no it’s a different kind this time. Lucky me, I’m in the 1% who go through one kind of prostate cancer, and end up with a totally different kind later. What are the chances?

So be strong and courageous, 
all you who put your hope in the Lord!  Psalm 31:24

After weeks of shuffling around to different doctors, who had many different ideas for treatment, he ended up at the MD Anderson Clinic in Houston. The surgery would be very complicated, involving 5 different specialty surgeons and could last up to 10 hours.  Our friend gave us all the information and answered our many questions. As our conversation drew to a close, I asked one final question. Do you trust this doctor, Mike? He exuberantly answered, “Yes!” He went on to tell us that at the end of their lengthy consultation, the doctor asked them if they would like to pray with him. They all 3 held hands, the dr. asking God to guide his hands during the surgery and help them to find and remove all of the cancer. Their tears flowed.

I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer. Psalm 17:6

Mike’s surgery was last week. It went a full 10 hours. Mike’s wife, Paulette, shared that the lead surgeon had prayed with them yet again, just prior to the surgery. They felt a sense of peace and confidence, knowing that they had come to the right facility and found the right doctor. Outcome of surgery was better than expected. Mike remains in the hospital, recuperating another several days, but his spirits are high and his optimism continues.

Gracious God, thank you for the blessing of a doctor who would pray with his patients! What comfort during a fearful time. May all patients, fearing the unknown and cautious of their outcomes, be equally blessed with such compassionate caregivers. Amen

Andrea Heshmati

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