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 Yea, Though I Walk Through the Valley

Yea, Though I Walk Through the Valley


Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Psalm 23:4

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Quote: posted 11-23-2008

“Pastor,
So good to hear you are doing OK. I was about to post, asking 'how you are doing?'but then I saw this post! Yes! Praise the LORD! Now, would you mind to briefly fill us in on what has happened since you were laid up? and how you have gotten to where you are now?

Yes, you wife also has my permission to burn your toast!

God bless you!
ginnyrose”


Quote: posted 11-24-2008

“Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Thank you for your warm and loving welcome home. It is good to come home to such love and encouragement. Please know you were missed as well.

Ginnyrose,
Yes, give me a little time to get the cobwebs out of my head and I will share a brief account of my journey with you all; and as for the burnt toast, she can’t get me to eat toast, so you will need to think of something else for her to burn.

Thank you all again for your love and prayers they are and will remain priceless.

In His Love
pastorfrin”

From the thread ‘Dear Saints on SI please read’
https://www.sermonindex.net/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_id=24725&forum=44&start=30&34

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

To keep my promise to Ginnyrose, and as a testimony unto our Glorious Lord, here is the ‘not so brief’ story of my (ongoing) journey through the valley.

I must tell you all that this is not easy to do, some things I can’t remember and then as I write, floods of emotions break forth, and my memory is jogged. How thankful am I to my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who is the Lord that healeth thee and who has and is teaching me and my family all along this journey. May His Glorious Will be accomplished in all of our lives.

Romans 8:18
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

For several weeks I had been having night sweats and feeling overly fatigued. My left side began to hurt and I dismissed it as a kidney stone as the pain was similar to what I had experienced from a previous one.
On July 22nd of 2006 on a Friday afternoon I was sent by our family doctor to the emergency room of our local hospital suffering from abdominal pain which had become quite severe. Our doctor was afraid I may be suffering from a perforated bowl; so there was some reason for concern.
After much prodding and pushing on my abdominal area they discovered I was in very severe pain, imagine that. Soon I was hooked up to an IV and given some pretty good pain medication. Then taken for some scans and other test and then sent back to the emergency room to wait 3 hours for the results.

Time to testify
The young nurse who cared for us while we were there was very kind and considerate, going out of her way to make us comfortable in every way.
As we waited we had the opportunity to talk with her. At first it was sharing about our family, children, grandchildren and then answering the questions about; how long have you been married and how ‘old’ are you two anyway?
We were then able to share our faith in Jesus Christ and how we were able to trust Him in everything. This was when she broke down and began to cry and told us that she and her husband were separated and her life was a mess and she was, well without hope.
Well praise God did we have a message for her, we shared the message of Jesus Christ with her and then we prayed with her and we all cried for joy together.

Where we sent their by the Lord?

It was right after this the ER doctor came in and said you have diverticulitis. I said diver what, and he explained what it was and that it was serious enough I could be hospitalized but he thought with the antibiotics I would probably be ok at home if I wished, which I did. He gave us a list of do’s and don’ts and said to be sure to follow up with our family doctor; he acted strange, like he was holding something back, which later we would all understand.

So we all went home and lived happily ever after. Well not quite.

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 2009/1/17 22:55Profile
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The Call

After missing a week of work I returned feeling weak and a bit feeble which the guy’s jokingly said ‘I think’ had to do with being an old man, which they do call me and at the time I felt like one.
I arrived home that Monday afternoon and my wife informed me that the doctor’s office had called and wanted me to come in to see him. I said right, so he can tell me what I’m supposed to eat and explain what I have, which after a search on the web I already was well informed, so I just blew it off.
On Wednesday I returned home and my wife again informed me the doctor’s office had called, they were very insistent about him seeing you, she said.

Yah right, so they can charge me for another office visit, so I blew it off again.
On Friday they called again with the same results, you may think by now I may be borderline hard headed, Nah.
My wife told me, you know you really should call them back and see if something else may be wrong. I told her, the only thing wrong is they want to charge me for another office visit.

The following Wednesday, they called again, I will never forget the sound of my wife’s voice, the doctor just called me himself, he said he must see you and I’m to come with you.
You have an appointment this afternoon as soon as you are out of work.
I arrived at the doctors office and not only my wife, but our oldest son and one of our daughters whom is a nurse was there waiting for me. Now things are starting to look kind of serious.

I had already thought through what the doctor was going to tell me, you guys know what I mean, we do not like surprises, so you cover every possibility before hand. Well it had to be one of three things.
1. He was going to explain to me what diverticulitis was and what kind of diet I was to follow to control it. This did not seem likely, why asks my wife to be there, to explain to her what to cook? I didn’t think so.
2. I had cancer of the colon, this could be as possibility.
3. My kidney’s, I have had problems with them since I was 8 years old. My dad and uncle who was 2 years younger than my dad both died of kidney cancer; my dad was 49 and my uncle was 50. This one was the most likely, though I was well past their ages of death, it seemed most likely and would explain the strange behavior of the ER doctor.

Well the three of us waited for one hour and then my name was called and the four of us were ushered into the examination room. There we waited for another 45 minutes and there was a knock on the door and in walked the doctor.
By this time if he would have said; I wanted you to come in to talk to you and your wife about your diverticulitis I believe the four of us would have strangled him. Even though your hoping and really would be happy if that was all he had to tell you.
So how does he start out his conversation? I wanted to talk to you and your wife and some of the children it would seem about what was found on your scans at the ER.
He continued, as you know the CT scan showed you have diverticulitis and then proceeded to tell us what it was and what diet I was to follow. I was trying not to exploded into a, is that all you called us in here for, when the doctor said, your test also showed something else. He paused for some time and then with a broken voice said, the CT scan shows you have tumors in both kidneys.

I could hear my wife and children gasp, I had no reaction, I was not shocked or surprised. I reacted by asking a question, did you say I have a tumor in both kidneys? As though I had not heard what he had said; I had heard it and was also aware of the implications of what he had just said. Our family doctor had just given me the death sentence.
He responded with yes, you have a tumor in both kidneys.
He then proceeded to tell us where the tumors were located, their size and finally he said through tears, all evidence points to the fact that you have cancer in both kidneys. His next words which he said very quickly with a broken voice; covered the gasp from my family which I heard; There, I said it, that horrible dreaded word, cancer.
I was numb as I looked at the faces of my wife, daughter and son. Even though they were trying to hide there fears, it was there on their faces.
The doctor’s words did not surprise me, only in the fact that it was in both kidneys. All
I could think of at the time was who will take care of my family.

The doctor said he would send all my records to the urology office at the hospital where my daughter works as an RN. We were told the urologist office would call us in a few days to set up an appointment. We said our goodbyes and left to ponder the battle which had been set before us.
When we arrived home my dear wife put her arms around me, put her head upon my shoulder and as she cried asked me to promise not to leave her alone. I promised her, but in my heart I did not know how or if I would be able to keep the promise.

Lord I believe, help thou my unbelief.

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 2009/1/19 17:14Profile
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Yea, Though I Walk Through the Valley

The Wait

I guess you could say the next two weeks were just going through the motions of every day life. I went to work though I was numb and felt little emotion. I spent most of my free time searching the web educating myself all about kidney cancer.

*A note: You would think I should be on my face before the Lord asking Him to heal me or give me a few more years, right.
I remember how hard it was to feel anything at all, but that would change.

Let me tell you if you really want to depress yourself, search the web and find out all you can about a terminal disease you have been diagnosed with. What a hoot.

If you remember we were waiting for the urologist office to call and set up an appointment for consultation. After almost two weeks we started to wonder if they had ever received the referral from our family doctor. My wife calls our doctors office and is told by the office girl that it takes time. She then calls the urologist office and is told that the doctor has been on vacation and he has just returned, so when he gets to your husbands file he will look it over and then we will set up and appointment. Makes one wonder how fast things would go if the cancer was in their body.
Well by now my frustrated wife calls our daughter the nurse who works in the hospital where the urologist office is located she receives basically the same song and dance as my wife.
My daughter then calls our daughter in-law who works in our cardiologist office and explains the situation to her. Our daughter in-law said let me talk to the doctor and I will get back to you. Within a couple hours she calls back and said the doctor called the urology office and told them they had a referral which was one of his patients and he wanted it handled asap. The office girl said just a moment doctor and in a couple minutes returned to the phone. She said doctor your patients file is on the urologist desk and we will be calling him within the hour to set up his appointment. So they did, I guess it really does come down to who you know.

Thank you Lord for making it possible for us to know you!


The Visit

Two and one half weeks after our family doctor told me I have tumors in my kidneys, my wife, and our daughter the RN and I are seated in the urologist office. We spend the first half hour filling out papers telling them when I first sneezed and so forth, you know the routine. Finally my name is called and a young lady leads us to an examining room and tells us the doctor will be in to see us soon.
There is a knock at the door and a kid walks in and introduces himself as doctor? I really do not remember his name. But he was only a boy wow this should be really good.
I introduce my wife and daughter and of course me.
He then begins to explain how he has just looked at the ct scan of my kidneys and uses that word kidney cancer once again. He then explains how the tumor on the left kidney was on the outside edge and it would not be a problem to remove, so it should leave me with well over half a kidney, which he said would be plenty to get by on; to which I said, uh, hey what about my right kidney, what do you mean get by on half a kidney.
The right he said is another problem, this tumor was located in the center of the kidney and there was know way he could save it, so the right kidney would need to be removed.
By this time it was like I was listening in on a conversation, he could not be talking to me, and then when he said “the right kidney would need to be removed” a sudden, cold,
down to the bone chill went through my body and I immediately needed to use the bathroom.
I excused myself went and used the bathroom and it was then I realized this was for real.
Then I was reminded of the promise I had made to my dear wife that I would not leave her alone.
I prayed in that bathroom “Dear Lord I am not afraid to die for I know I will be with you, but who is going to take care of my family?” He answered me as soon as I stopped speaking; He began to speak to my heart. “You do not trust me to take care of your family?” I broke down and began to cry and to ask Him to forgive me for my unbelief.
Oh Lord you are more than able to take care of my family and yes, now I trust you to take care of my family and to take care of me and no matter what happens you will never let us go from out of your protecting hands.
As I wiped away the tears and prepared myself to go back to the examination room I said again, Lord keep us in your hands, and with a new found assurance entered the room.

The young doctor seemed to be very knowledgeable and answered all our questions to our satisfaction except one. Why do you need to remove my entire right kidney, is there not some way to save part of it?

Remember I had three weeks before this meeting to read everything I could find on the subject of kidney cancer and the methods of treating it.
Maybe it was the questions we asked the doctor that caused him to stop and question, if it was; the questions came from the leading of the Lord as I believe he has led us throughout this journey.

Anyway, after the doctor explained how he was going to remove my right kidney and after six weeks or so of rest he would then remove the tumor from my left kidney; he suddenly stopped and said, I do not feel comfortable removing your right kidney and I know I can’t save it so I’m going to refer you to a doctor at the university who specializes in difficult kidney surgeries. If he cannot save the kidney then I will go ahead and do the surgery, but I do not feel I can remove it until we find out, and so he referred me to the specialist. The doctor then takes us up to the front desk to make appointments for chest x-rays and a bone scan and it is then I see for the first of many times the paper work that says, ‘Bilateral Kidney Cancer’, and the chill is back which I later call ‘the chill of fear’.

Oh how we need you Lord, today, now.

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 2009/1/20 22:07Profile
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 Re: Yea, Though I Walk Through the Valley

Pastorfrin,

I am reading your testimony....very inspiring...now don't forget to finish writing it!

Apparently your experience did not impair your sense of humor...actually, methinks this sense of humor works as a positive witness to others.

I also share your pessimism of doctors, but will not go there now; just keep on with the story...it is fascinating one...likely more so to others [i]after[/i] the event then to the participants during the event.

Blessings,
ginnyrose


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ginnyrose wrote:
Pastorfrin,

I am reading your testimony....very inspiring...now don't forget to finish writing it!

Apparently your experience did not impair your sense of humor...actually, methinks this sense of humor works as a positive witness to others.

I also share your pessimism of doctors, but will not go there now; just keep on with the story...it is fascinating one...likely more so to others [i]after[/i] the event then to the participants during the event.

Blessings,
ginnyrose





Hi ginnyrose,

It is quite a blessing for me to be around to give this testimony, happy to here it is an inspiration to you.

If we are not able to stand back and see the humor in some of our experiences
then we have probably lost our joy, and who would want to do a thing like that?

Ah, you should have been along for the ride, it was a hoot. :-?

Thank you for your prayers and encouragement.

In His Love
pastorfrin

 2009/1/22 21:38Profile
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Yea, Though I Walk Through the Valley

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Psalm 23:4

Waiting Again

The hardest part is always the wait and I must have needed the lessons, because waiting it was.
Praise the Lord for His grace, for it truly is sufficient.

Two more weeks have now passed and as I arrive home from work my dear wife greets me with the news that our health insurance company had called and they were very adamant about the way referrals are made.
She was informed that they would cover nothing because the referral was made by the urologist who our family doctor referred us to. All referrals were to be made by our family doctor, thus the referral to the specialist at the university hospital would not be covered.

Now if that was not enough, they informed her that if the specialist at the university hospital could not save my right kidney, then that surgery and hospital stay would not be covered because the local urologist could remove the kidney in our local hospital.

Great, maybe we should have read the policy, seems it was not the first thing on our mind.
By the way, tell me, why do we pay insurance premiums again?
So the insurance companies can hire lawyers to figure out ways to deny our claims.

Next, we had not heard from the specialists so my dear wife also tells me she called and they had never heard of me or the doctor who was to refer me. Cancer in both kidneys, but I don’t exist, things are getting gooder and gooder.

After a total melt down we prayed, well actually after I prayed and asked the Lord and my dear wife to forgive me, we then asked the Lord for wisdom.
What if our family doctor makes the referral now, will they cover it then?

As of that time we are only talking of a consultation and that had not happened yet.
So the next day my dear wife calls our doctors office and ask them to make the referral, ok fine but we must go to the two hospitals where the test were done, sign a release form, get copies of everything and send them by UPS to the specialist and then we will be contacted for a consultation.
You know it seems like we have been here before.
What is that verse about waiting again?

Psalm 27:14
Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.

Hope is a wonderful gift from God.

Well another week has passed and all I want by now is this stuff out of my body and to add to our grief we receive papers from the Mayo Clinic saying our claim has been denied by the insurance company and we are responsible for all charges. We are to set up a plan to pay for the surgeries and a deposit of so much must be made before hand.
Well that door seems to have closed rather tightly.

Things are going from bad to worse and I have come to the end. I scream at my wife that I guess I will just die then. Poor me, everyone say it all together now, poor me.
Well, my dear wife begins to cry, so I hold her and tell her I’m sorry, that it is not her fault and so we begin to cry together. Well things are progressing quite well as we are at least doing something together.

Finally we cried to the Lord and prayed, ‘you promised never more than we can bear and Lord we cannot bear anymore’.

We had hardly finished our prayer and the phone was ringing, my dear wife answered and said yes he is here; with hope in her eyes she handed me the phone while she said, it is the doctor from the university; we both began to cry.
The doctor introduced himself and said I’m looking at your ct scan and I believe I can save part of your right kidney and about two thirds of your left. It will be difficult and I can’t guarantee anything, but I really think I can save it.

My wife and I both said in unison, praise the Lord.
The doctor kind of stuttered, he said ok, and went on to tell us how he wanted to remove the tumor from the left kidney first. He said it was the smallest tumor and was on the outside of the kidney, this would give me about two thirds of a good kidney. In about three weeks after the kidney had healed some and stabilized he would remove the tumor from the right kidney.

This tumor was in the center of the kidney and had wrapped itself around blood vessels and other internal areas of the kidney which significantly increased the difficulty of the surgery. If the kidney could not be saved I would still have two thirds of my left kidney.
The doctor assured us that this was enough to live a normal life, but the ideal was to save as much as possible for the battle that could be ahead.

He would set up the dates and they would be calling to let us know when to be there with all the instructions sent by mail. Any questions, yes but I do not remember what I asked him. He answered my questions and said see you soon and we said goodbye.
I placed the phone back in my dear wife’s hand and with tears streaming down our cheeks we began to praise and thank the Lord.

Hope is definitely a gift from the Lord and He is Faithful who promised.

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Yea, Though I Walk Through the Valley

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Psalm 23:4



Still Waiting

Some of you must be wondering, what about prayer. Why not call for the elders to anoint you with oil and pray over you. Hey, that is really a great idea and I did.

I believe I was on about every prayer list that ever existed; now this is my story so I get to tell it my way. Alright maybe not on all of them, but I was assured by more than one Brother or Sister in the Lord that I was being prayed for all over the world.
That is truly a wonderful thing to know when you have received such a bad report about yourself. It was now not about me, it was taken out of my hands and now it is about Him; and He is Faithful who Promised.

Remember that door that closed so tight with the Mayo Clinic. I had been praying that I would be able to preach at our Labor Day service. Its kind a big farmers weekend and there is always a big crowd for that Sunday service, standing room only in our little church. The Lord had given me a special message and if I went to the Mayo Clinic I would not be here for the service. So one problem is solved and I’m free to preach at our Labor Day service.
But wait, we have not heard from the university hospital to tell us when the surgeries are scheduled.

It was a week before Labor Day when the phone rings, it is the urology office and my first surgery is the day after Labor Day. Praise God, I can preach on Sunday, rest on Monday, well maybe not to much rest, for it is prep day and you all know what that means, Yuk.
Hey, look at the bright side; I get carved up on Tuesday. Glory!

Well Sunday arrived and what a service we had, every thing was glorious. We spent the whole day in church. I preached the word and the Lord blessed with a glorious altar service, you would not believe the glory of the Lord that day. Hearts were opened by the Holy Spirit and people were saved and healed and I was walking in heavenly places.

The elders came forward and anointed me with oil and prayed the prayer of faith. This seemed to bring others forward to be prayed for and the Spirit just began to flow and work in our midst, oh how heaven came down and glory filled our souls.

We sang praises unto the Lord for hours, then someone would give a word and we would praise some more.

There was standing room only when the service started that morning and there was standing room only when the service ended late that afternoon. This was a one of a kind service, oh how the Lord moved in our hearts; I went away from it just knowing I was healed and that when I arrived at the hospital on that Tuesday it would be a short stay, for they would not find a tumor in me; I was healed. Praise the Name of Jesus.

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Well Sunday arrived and what a service we had, every thing was glorious. We spent the whole day in church. I preached the word and the Lord blessed with a glorious altar service, you would not believe the glory of the Lord that day.

Hearts were opened by the Holy Spirit and people were saved and healed and I was walking in heavenly places. The elders came forward and anointed me with oil and prayed the prayer of faith. This seemed to bring others forward to be prayed for and the Spirit just began to flow and work in our midst, oh how heaven came down and glory filled our souls.

We sang praises unto the Lord for hours, then someone would give a word and we would praise some more.


What a beautiful picture!

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Yea, Though I Walk Through the Valley

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Psalm 23:4


How do you spell relief?

Monday morning arrives and it is back to earth as the realization hits me, it is prep day. Hurray, I drink the lovely tasting citrus drink from the drug store and I need not say how I spent the rest of the day, all this to go show myself to the physician.

Tuesday morning and we are up early preparing for the four hour trip to the hospital.
I have had nothing to eat or drink for what seems like days and my head is pounding.
Well off we go for a Tuesday joy ride to the butcher shop. Yah I know, get a grip.

Why are those orange barrels always in the way when you are trying to drive on the expressway? The gravel road I live on is smoother than this.

We finally arrive in the wonderful university town and of course we have a map that they sent us and hey, nothing to it; except for the construction. What do you mean I can’t go down that road? My map says I have to go down that road. We finally arrive, park in this fourteen story parking lot and try to find our way to where ever I’m supposed to go.

We finally find the surgical waiting room and get our little buzzer to call us when someone is available to register me. I have this horrible headache and all I want to do is find a quiet place and lay down.
So we wait in this huge waiting room filled with people and everyone was talking at once and I believe all of them must have been hard of hearing.

Well, only an hour goes by and the buzzer goes off. The lady at the registration desk is very nice and gets me registered for surgery. I ask if I could get something for my headache and she says they will check with pre-op. I tell her thank you and we are sent back to the waiting room until they buzz us that they are ready for me in the surgical prep room.
After another one and a half hours the buzzer goes off again and they take us back to the surgical prep room.
Did I mention I have a terrible headache?

Wow, you should see this room, it is one long and I mean like hundreds of feet long room, with a cot, then a draw curtain, then a cot and etc. on both sides of this room for as far as you can see.

Now the fun begins, put on gown with built in heating system, cool, no hot.
Ah here come the needles, and the bags of who knows what, hanging over you;
drip, drip, drip. Did I mention I have a horrible headache? Oh you will see if I can have something for it, well thank you.

There is a steady stream of doctors, nurses, and anesthetists, walking back and forth as though they are just looking for someone to practice on, yikes, I have never seen this many in one place in my life, wonder why there are so many?

Well here come a couple of them toward me, I wonder, hello you’re the doctors who are going to do the surgery, oh the specialist I talked to on the phone. Glad to meet you to, I hope.
Doctor, could I ask you a question? Of course what would you like to know?
I have reason to believe the tumors are gone that were in my kidneys, so is there some way you can tell before you cut me open? Why are they looking at me like that?
Well, why do you believe the tumors are gone they ask?
Because I was anointed with oil and prayed for and I believe the Lord healed me.
Not a problem, we will be looking inside you with special scan machines to guide our instruments, so if the tumors are gone we will know it before we make an incision.

You hear that dear, we can go home this evening right after they confirm the tumors are gone. I will have shown myself unto the physicians and we will be free to go. She smiles at me and the two doctors look at me like, crazy old man.

Finally, one of the anesthetists asks me how I’m feeling and I tell him I have a horrible headache? No problem I can take care of that here let me slip this into your IV line.
Ok, that is what I call relief, you can do to me what ever you want, I can feel no pain; until.
Would someone tell me why they put that x on my left side again?

My dear wife and I prayed together before they took me into surgery, but I do not remember it. I do remember asking the Lord during that day, to keep my dear wife, myself and our family in His hands.
They wheeled me away as my hand slide through my dear wife’s hand we waved.

I do not remember going into the surgery room and that’s it, lights out.


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And then....? You sure can keep one in suspense...maybe you ought to take up fiction writing?!! :-)

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