Surviving #5

I am surviving chemo. round #5.  The effects are pretty similar to the last one.  Basically I have learned from Wed. night of chemo week through Sun. morning of chemo week, just sleep alot.  Laying down seems to be the cure all for all the side-effects.  When you sleep it is not always the most restful, but I it is amazing how time just seems to slip by.  I will lay down at 10 a.m. and at 3 p.m. I get up only to get back in bed around 8 p.m. and then stay in bed till 7 a.m. the next day.  I usually wake up every hour and think about getting up, just to fall asleep again and wake up another hour later with the same thought.

I started this week off with another visit to my cancer support group at my church.  The group is called Pray for the Cure.  The group is open to anyone who wants to attend, not just people who attend our church.  In fact it seems like half the people come from other churches.  The meeting begins with a message from the person who created the group eight years ago-Mary Nelson.  Mary is a Breast Cancer survivor who has written a couple books on the subject.  After she introduces herself we then go around the circle and introduce ourselves and tell everyone why we are there.  Half of the group is usually made up of cancer patients and the other half are people there to support and pray for the patients.  Usually the introductions take 30-45 minutes as everyone’s story is unique and everyone has something to share.  After the introductions we then have a 10-15 minute devotional about prayer and faith.  Lastly each cancer patient is put in the middle of the circle and anointed with oil.  After you are anointed, then everyone lays hands on you and Mary, along with some of the other attendees, take turns praying for you and your family.  The whole event is very powerful.  Many of the people hardly know you but their prayers seem to touch your soul.  Afterward I feel fantastic but also like collapsing-it is a real emotional roller coaster.  If you or anyone else you know would like to attend, the meetings are held from 7-9, the 3rd Monday of every month at Hosanna Lutheran Church.  The link to the church is on the right-hand side of my web page.  I am sure that one day there will be a cure for cancer, but until then we continue to pray for healing for all those afflicted.

Thanks for stopping by the site and reading.  Thank you for all your prayers for me and my family.




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4 responses to “Surviving #5

  1. Kent and Joy Bahr

    Hi Chris, Just a note to let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God continue to wrap his loving arms around you. We appreciate your witness to us and all that know you. We are so proud of you! Love up your family and keep the updates coming. Lots of love, Kent and Joy

  2. Loren Schomaker

    Good Morning Chris
    I want you and you family to have a very happy Thanksgiving. Don’t eat tooooooo much (just kidding) and watch a lot off football.
    My prays are with you.

  3. Judy Emery

    Chris, thank you for continuing this blog – even when you don’t feel like writing in it. It helps us all know how to pray for you & your family. I appreciate your direct truthfulness & occasional humor! You have a gift of writing, Chris!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

  4. Theresa Connelly

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Chris!
    I am thinking of you all today and hoping you have a relaxing and enjoyable Holiday, filled with lots of love and laughter. I am thankful today for so many blessings, including the opportunity to know and work with you Chris. Have a wonderful family weekend!

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