Saturday, September 06, 2008

Please keep praying

As I've mentioned before the pain in my mouth and throat has continued to increase. One possibility is that radiation has really destroyed the tissues and they have continued to swell, bleed and not heal more than any of the doctors expected. At this point, the doctors don't really know what to say because many things could be happening in my body for many reasons and it is so hard to tell.

What I'm feeling:

1) My tongue and throat are still very painful and it is extremely painful to talk, swallow or do any rehab exercises.
2) The swelling in my thoat has increased slightly in the past month which makes it difficult to protect my airway from saliva, mucus and water that I drink. It also can be difficult to breath if I turn my head certain directions. This is worrisome because sometimes swelling is due to tumor growth.
3) I'm starting to get some ringing nerve pains every now and then. This is also worrisome because I got this very bad last year when I was first diagnosed with cancer, but it has not been bad this year. I am just starting to notice more nerve pains in my ears.

Please pray that my PET scan on September 17th would not show any activity. That would be great. If the scan shows activity it may or may not be cancer, so pray that the doctors would have wisdom in interpreting the scan. Each day I wonder if my conversations that day will be some of my last. I pray that cancer will not return and that I will continue to be able to speak.

We take heart that the Lord is my father, and He rejoices over me.

Romans 8:38-39
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.


  1. Andrew & Grace,

    We'll be praying with this update in mind. Let us know how your PET scan goes. We love you guys.

  2. Andrew and Grace,

    I have been keeping up with all of your entries and praying for all of your requests. I will continue to be praying for you both.

    ~Kim S. (RBC)

  3. We will be praying for you.
    Keep us posted on the results of the PET scan.

    Erik & Roxanne Greene

  4. Definitely haven't forgotten and still pray for you daily. Keep pressing on! You both daily encourage my heart.


  5. We're praying for you!

  6. Dear Andrew & Grace,

    We beg the Lord daily for the total obliteration of this cancer, for complete healing and restoration and continued strength for your body, mind, soul and spirit. We love you and trust the Lord with all that concerns you daily.

    In Christ,
    Jesse & Kellie

  7. Dear Andrew and Grace:
    We continue to pray for God's healing. We are privileged to walk this faith journey with you.

    Keep taking in the nutritious juices. Can you handle some yogurt? It's really good for you.

    Abundant blessings,
    Gloria, NJ