For those who don't know, my dad has cancer. You can read the blog devoted to it here. We first found out about things in late January when his doctors reversed an earlier diagnosis of a lymph node infection. Within a few days he was being seen by an oncologist in Minneapolis, Doctor Gordon Grado. Doctor Grado is the head of the oncology department at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ. Doctor Grado determined he needed to start chemotherapy as soon as possible.
After several unsuccessful weeks on chemotherapy he was admitted by doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN for testing. They identified his cancer as having a protein associated with breast cancer and determined he would need Herceptin. Their insurance wouldn't cover the drug, but after a couple months they found out the chemotherapy wasn't agressive enough. So it was decided he needed radiation. Right now he is undergoing 28 sessions of radiation at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ.
Please pray for him. Things have been especially tough on everyone in our family. The medical bills are stacked high and there is currently no hope of paying them. It is rather ironic that the help non-profit organizations give to cancer victims comes only after a terminal diagnosis is given.
Perhaps the most important thing that has happened in the midst of the storm is that my dad examined his relation to his Creator. Isn't it ironic how we often need to be flat on our backs before we look upwards? After my dad realized his bad deeds could not be removed by the good things he did in this life (we will never be counted good enough), he decided to accept the free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.
Someday every one of us, young and old, will stand before the One who gave us life and give an account of what we've done. Those who have taken an honest look inward know their hearts are selfish, proud, envious and full of so many other bad things. What good work can we do to erase that? We need something, something to free us from that baggage, but we know we can't do enough by ourselves.
God saw our needs, and with overwhelming love He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus to die on the cross, taking away our sins. That is why Jesus came, that is why he died, and that is why those who trust in Christ can know thay have been made clean and saved from eternal punishment.
Lately my dad has been going to a Presbyterian church in Arizona with Doctor Grado. It has been encouraging to see my father learning to believe more and more in the promises of God. Please pray for his healing, his faith and his finances.