A few days ago posted was entering hospice, below is a letter sent to friends and family. In my situation looks PC will not be fatal, but another disease. In my situation there is no medical cure but only the peace the Lord can, has, and will provide. Please no judgements or 'fixit" ideas, instead pray for the Lords intervention.
June 7, 2021
Journal entry by Mary XXXX — 17 hours ag0
Dear Faithful Family and Friends,
After seeking wise counsel, Steve was admitted to hospice locally on May 21st due to limited further medical treatment options. While Steve is trusting in the Lord’s perfect will and plan for his life, he continues to decline physically. Again, we would appreciate your steadfast prayers and continued support.
Steve has been diagnosed with four major physical diseases: sarcoidosis including in the spinal cord, lungs and possibly his heart as well as MDS bone and prostate cancer and a herniated disc due to advanced scoliosis. The medical treatments alone have taken a huge toll on his system and breathing is very difficult.
Over the past six years Steve recalls many times where the Lord touched him in ways that could only be described as miraculous. He was transported from ID to University of Washington by ambulance for his rare sarcoid condition before medical specialists even knew the prognosis. He was parked in ICU for two weeks while they tried to figure out what ‘rare condition’ was plaguing him. He survived a very risky spinal surgery done on less than eight patients every year nationwide and his cancer treatments have placed him in the upper 2% of positive responses.
Thank you for walking with Steve and I over the past six years of medical challenges. We have faced many ups and downs during our journey, but a high point has been the love and friendship from friends and family as you have acted as “stretcher bearers” and interceded for Steve in sacrificial prayer.
We don’t know the future, but we know who does, our Lord and Savior Jesus. We continue to pray for the Lord’s healing touch and Steve’s focus is to endeavor to discern and follow the Lord’s will for his life each day.
While Steve is alert and conversant, he tires easily upon any exertion. Visits, while desirable, whether in person or on the phone are strenuous on him. He would welcome your texts, emails and short phone calls. Mary will facilitate scheduling in-person visits to limit his discomfort. Or, if you would like to leave an encouraging message on CaringBridge Steve always appreciates hearing from you. NOTE: Hospice recommended if you would like to communicate with him to avoid delay.
Scripture reminds us to pray without ceasing. We are thankful Lisa Crump, former National Day of Prayer Task Force Lead, CEO, and close personal friend for many years has agreed to lead us in a focused prayer call to seek the face of God for Steve.