Tuesday, May 4, 2010

My No Good, Very Bad Day of Prayer Needs

When I listened to a great sermon at church Sunday night on dealing with stress, I had no idea the challenges yesterday would hold. I awoke to the comforting pitter patter of rain and looked forward to a quiet morning of reading. News that baseball had been cancelled due to the weather gave us an unexpected night at home, and I anticipated some unhurried family time.



After nearly two months of my back doing well, imagine my surprise when I sat down at the computer to check e-mail and had trouble getting up. I was not able to stand up straight, but walked down the stairs unaided. I did a couple of tasks before stretching out on my bed to loosen up my back. I rested for a few minutes and thought I was ready to get up, but when I tried to stand, excruciating pain overwhelmed me. Joe heard my screams from the other room and lifted me back onto the bed. I have been stuck here ever since, save the few horrific trips Joe has carried me to the bathroom. I desperately covet your prayers that God will deliver me from this pain.

While I was lying in bed staring at the ceiling, I talked to my sweet mother. She has multiple myeloma, a rare form of blood cancer. The past few months have been difficult for her as harsh medications have kept the cancer at bay, but have made blood transfusions necessary nearly every week. She will be heading to see her myeloma specialist next week, and he is already talking about a possible fourth stem cell transplant.

Mother also told me about several challenges others in the family are experiencing. My dear Aunt Gail, a non-smoker who is being treated for lung cancer, has gotten discouraging news from her oncologist. She is starting an intense regimen of radiation and chemotherapy. My grandmother is getting a pacemaker tomorrow, and my sister is without power as flood waters rage in Nashville, Tenn.

If you have moments to spare, please pray for my family.

After all this rain, we could use a few rainbows.


40 comments:

Simple Southern Happiness said...

My prayers are with you and your family! My dear, You have so much on you but know the community is hear for you lifting you up in prayer. I will be praying asking God for strength in dealing emotionally and physically with what you and your family are going through. He promises to comfort us in our time of need so stand firm on his word.

Much prayer to you and your loved ones.

Ariadone said...

This is a lot. Perhaps the worry of your head and heart are too heavy for your back...I will light a candle-glow for you, your mother and Grandmother and your "power-less" sister too.
Lieve groeten
Godeliva van Ariadone

Cheri said...

Oh Melissa, you know I just hurt for you with this back pain. I am so sorry it has flared again. I so understand the level of pain, the frustration, the panic, the helplessness, and the prayer. I do pray that this is a temporary flare and that the inflammation in your back will go down quickly.

Until then, please do not bend, lift or twist at all, even if you start to feel better. Stay straight until you get checked out. That will give your disc or nerve the best possible chance of recovering.

Many ( ( HUGS) ) and prayers, Cheri

Nelle said...

I had a spare moment. =) Take care Melissa.

Love Being a Nonny said...

I have a few spare moments right now. I will stop and pray for you and those you hold so dear.

Judy said...

Dear Melissa, I am praying for you and your precious family. It seems like trouble comes in waves and we sometimes get so overwhelmed but thankfully we know our God is bigger than any problems we face. I love the old hymn that says "Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in his wonderful face, and the things of this world will grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace."

Judy

Lori said...

Just finished prayer for your family. We just went through a medical procedure with my husband, the stress can be horrible, just by itself. Patience.

Vonda said...

Melissa, I am on my knees for you and your family this morning. I'm so sorry you are having a difficult time. Love you dear friend!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Melissa, I just prayed for you and your family!

It's funny how God works. Am out of town and had a little time before I leave here to go home this morning. I decided to check to see if there were any prayer needs from blogs I like to read when I saw this. So I prayed for you and your family. Will be thinking of all of you, and I especially pray that your back is healed and that the pain is gone. Now, I'm out the door in a few.

Sending you warm hugs across the miles.

XO,

Sheila

Rebecca said...

Oh Melissa, I will keep you all in my prayers. If you holler loud enough, I will come running! Seriously, if you need anything let Brent and I know.

Jan's Blog said...

You have SO many challenges all at the same time, and you have the courage to ask for prayers. You are such a great teacher by example. Yes, you will be in my prayers, along with all your family. Darien and I will perform an act of service in your name along with our prayers. I don't often pray for specific things, but more often ask that the person be able to handle what they are given with the knowledge that your Heavenly Father is near and is comforting you. This time I shall ask for specifics. I hope that this, combined with all the prayers that will be said for you and your family will strengthen your back and elminiate your pain.
Sending Prayers, Jan and Darien

Granna said...

So sorry for all these difficulties going on in your life. I will keep your family in my prayers.

Michie' Mooney said...

I have special sympathy for your back! Life is often overwhelming. I will be sure to keep you in my prayers.

Sonja said...

Melissa:
Thank you for sharing with us so we can pray with you. Life is not only lovely and beautiful, although it is that also. There are times, just like Jesus had, when things are just plain hard. So we will pray with you that His hand will touch each of these needs.

Love,
Sonja

Anonymous said...

Melissa, I am so sorry that all of these struggles and worries have come all at once. I will be thinking and praying about you and your family all day long.

Take care of yourself! Debbi

Brenda said...

Praying for you, Melissa. Thank you for sharing your concerns with us so we can uphold you and others in your family in prayer.

Rach said...

What a rough day. So sorry. Praying for you and your family.

My mom has severe back pain and has already had a couple epidurals and shots. She recently had some nerve endings burned to try to block the pain.

My grandpa also had a rare blood cancer.

mary beth said...

I am praying for rest and peace and healing for you and your family..I am glad you asked because there are a lot of warriors out there .Take shelter under His wing today and let Him do the work! Blessings!

Mama's Boys said...

Melissa, I'm so sorry to hear how rough everything is right now. I will keep your family in my prayers. My dad suffers constantly with horrible back pain and so I've seen first hand how crippling it can be. I hope you get relief quickly. Sending good thoughts your way.
Love, Regina

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry to hear about the troubles of sickness in your family right now. Please know that I'm praying for you and your other family members... You are such a blessing to many through your blog, and books, and words of encouragement, so I'm sure many, many prayers will be lifted on your behalf!! Hang in there!!

Love,
Amy Carr

Jill said...

wrapping your sweet family in many prayers!
love & Blessings!
Jill

Homeschool Dawn said...

I will be praying for you and your family. May God grant you extra measures of grace as you face so many trials.

Christine said...

Melissa,
I am so sorry your back has flared up again. I will be praying for healing and for the doctors to be able to do whatever is necessary for you to find relief. I am also praying for your mom, and other family members, and I know first hand how horrible it has been for Nashvillians. The devastation is unbelievable! You are in my prayers. Christine

Debra said...

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors...

Will be taking a moment to pray,

Came over by way of Sonja's blog.

Blessings

LeeAnne said...

Oh, Melissa, I'm so sorry you're going through such trials. "When you walk through the waters, I will be with you ..." (Isaiah 43:2) - one of my favorite verses! I have many friends in Nashville and have been anxiously watching and praying for that entire city, and now I will add you and your family to that prayer list as well. Blessings and prayers to you!

Anonymous said...

My prayers are with you and your lovely family

Fiona

Becky said...

Father God,
Times seem to be so tough right now for so many. We pray together, as a body of people who love Melissa, that YOU would take away the pain in her back and bring her relief. And keep it away. That you would be with her extended family as they are dealing with health issues we wouldn't wish on our worst enemy. You are the Great Physician. You alone know what all of us face and the cross we are called to bear. And You promise to take our burden and make it light for us when we give it to You. So we give it to You. Carry us through these rough paths. Please be with all the people in Tennessee who are facing such devestation and power outages and life so different from normal. You control the water...You make it receed. Please be with Melissa and her loves ones. Wrap Your arms around them and let them feel Your presence with them. In Jesus' powerful name, we pray. Amen

julie said...

oh melissa! you poor thing! i am sorry to hear of your pain and your family! i am definately praying for you all! i am so sorry you all are going through these terrible times! let us know how you are doing! xo

Glenda said...

Melissa,
I am praying for you and your family. I hope it's a comfort to know that Christians in many places are lifting your family's cares to God.

Kat said...

I'm so sorry you are in so much pain!

Leanne Helums said...

I hope that today you are feeling less pain.

Auntie Cake said...

Done! And hope you and your mom are feeling better soon!
Kate

mariel said...

I hope you feel better today and I am thinking of you and your family. Lots of love and well wishes from belgium,
x,Mariel

Mary Beth said...

It breaks my heart to hear all of the trials that your family is facing right now. I will pray that you will be delivered from your pain and able to comfortably resume your daily activities. I will say that I feel confident that your family will take good care of you (and themselves) while you are resting. You have laid such a strong foundation for them that when you are not able to do for them, they can carry on and make you proud. It's that very fine line that a mother walks every day.... the one between raising responsible, independent children that will soar, and the comfort of being needed by the ones you love. You have gracefully balanced these two sides beautifully.
I am also very sorry to hear about your mother, sister and aunt. I lost my mother to Leukemia in 2006 and my sister and I are very active in raising money for Team in Training (for all blood cancers). I just know that cure is coming soon. Your mother must be very strong. Four stem cell transplants! Wow! I know this has been difficult and I pray that God provides your family the comfort that you need during these times. Truly, from the bottom of my heart, I pray that your family faces happiness and good health very soon.
Thank you for sharing and allowing us to help with our prayers.
Mary Beth

Shanna said...

Bless you, dear Melissa...I'm praying even now for healing of your back and for your family.

Terri said...

Isn't the family of God so wonderful. You send out a cry for prayer and even tho I don't know you I can still pray, and God will answer and bless you and those you love. Terri

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

I do pray for you that you will completely recovery very soon. Both my daughter and I have had back trouble and the pain can be debilitating (as you know).

I know we don't always understand why God allows bad stuff to happen, except that we live in a fallen world.

I do know He loves us very much.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Melissa, I'm back in town today, and I have been thinking of you and hoping you are doing better. Sending you warm hugs and prayers...

XO,

Sheila

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: I know what it is like to need a rainbow. I will pray for you and your families needs. He is able! Have a wonderful Mother's Day. Blessings, Martha

Joanne Kennedy said...

Well, I hope by now (I've been slow in getting to everyone's blogs) things are getting much better for you and your family.

What happened to your back? Did you hurt it some way?

I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

Hugs,
Joanne

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