10 thoughts on “Which Path Would You Take?

  1. Hi Dave and Sheri. Thank you for sharing so openly and so deeply. Dave, you write so clearly and make it easy to understand and empathise.
    I just want to share a couple of thoughts with you as the past 2 years have been a difficult time for us also. Just to update you, Steve is now in Memory care and I am recovering from stress fractures in my back.
    I believe God heals in different ways. He does heal instantly; He does heal by beginning a process that leads to freedom from symptoms; He heals through surgeons and medical procedures, all of which were developed at His command; and He heals by taking us home to be with Him. These are all ok with Steve and me.
    As I read your blog and the options that you have so clearly outlined, my only response is that quality of life is something to be considered as well as length of life. You comments ‘re options sound like you are leaning toward the third one. The immuno drug infusion HER-2.
    I have a friend who did the surgery and just passed away a couple of weeks ago. He was in and out of the hospital with repeated chemo and rad. treatments for 2 years. He had a very positive attitude and wrote a lot on Facebook and encouraged many people. His illness brought reconciliation within his family.
    A very difficult decision and my prayer is that whatever you decide will bring peace and even greater confidence in the Lord. I pray that you will not look back and say “I should have” because you are trusting God for leading, instruction and healing.
    I did not mean for this to become such a long message but as I wrote, I just found more things I wanted to say.
    Love you both and I am praying for wisdom, courage and health.

  2. Thanks for the report and the definitive way you have posed the question of what to do. I am in favor of eating well, living well, and avoiding the surgeons and their percentages. Those figures don’t describe the pain, recovery, and emotions involved. As the old Irish Blessing ends, “and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.” Thats the best one could ask for.
    Love you, Sid and Babs

  3. Hi Dave and Sheri. I tried writing Saturday but for some reason I couldn’t get the site to work. Anyway, I wanted to say that your courage and faith through this tremendous decision is an inspiration to me. I was touched by your statement that your job is to obey and God’s is to govern. I know this is an emotional roller coaster for you all – how could it not be? But seeing your faith at the heart of it is tremendous.

    Which path would I take? Wow, that’s incredibly hard. The naturopathic path seems safer and would possibly give you better quality-of-life results, if the goal is not to get rid of the cancer. In fact, it almost sounds like that’s a central question in all of this. Do I focus on getting rid of the cancer or do I focus on learning to live with the cancer long-term? Living with the cancer sounds like a better chance for quality of life. Do you have examples where the naturopathic didn’t work out with better quality of life? I would want to consider those before choosing the path.

    I’m so glad you both know the Lord in all of this. You are trusting Him, acknowledging Him in your journey to find wisdom. He is and will continue to guide you (Prov. 3:5,6).

    Take care, Dave and Sheri.

  4. Another option.. Proton Therapy for Esophageal Cancer
    Treating esophageal cancer with an adequate dose of radiation can be difficult because of the close proximity of the esophagus to critical structures, such as the heart, lungs and spinal cord. Because protons deposit their highest dose of radiation at the tumor or area of concern, proton therapy can be an excellent choice for treating patients with esophageal cancer.

    Proton therapy offers patients and their doctors a unique option for effectively treating esophageal cancer while reducing damage to other critical organs and tissues. The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center is one of the few centers of its kind treating esophageal cancer with proton technology.

    With proton therapy for esophageal cancer, treatments typically take about 15 to 30 minutes each day and are delivered five days a week for approximately four to seven weeks. The course of treatment and length of time per treatment each day varies based on each patient’s individual case. Most patients tolerate the treatments extremely well and are able to continue to work and exercise during their treatment course and immediately after treatment is complete.

    A consult with a proton therapist at MD Anderson may be helpful….. https://www.mdanderson.org/patients-family/diagnosis-treatment/care-centers-clinics/proton-therapy-center/conditions-we-treat/esophageal-cancer.html

  5. Dave & Sheri,
    I am sorry you have so much to deal with. I have also been fighting cancer since 2013. I have had ups and downs. I wanted to share a few things with you since you are considering natural treatments. I did Gerson therapy for one full year. I will post a link below for information. It may seem extreme, but I prayed about what to do and believe God led me to do it. He provided all I needed. It was no cure but two years later, when I underwent chemo, my Dr told me he thought Gerson had been beneficial for detoxing and strengthening my body. I enjoyed doing it. It was no easy, but I did not waiver. Drs told me in Nov 2014 I wouldn’t make it to the end of the year. I made it to March 2015 and became a patient at Cancer Treatment Centers of America. There, I went through chemo and am now on hormone treatment. In March, I was 40# underweight (at 84#), on oxygen 24/7 and in a wheelchair. I am a healthy weight now, off O2 and walking for exercise! I read the tiny book by Charles Capps, God’s Creative Power for Healing and remembered that my God is the God who raised people from the dead and created all things. I told Him I didn’t want to die and that I wanted to be healed. I have never read in the Bible where Jesus did not heal someone who asked for healing. Then I began to speak out loud the scriptures and prayers in Capps’ book. I was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer and I continued to be healed every day. I believe you will be too. Through Jesus Christ YOU have victory! http://gerson.org/gerpress/

  6. thanks, for putting your journey out here in front of your friends and family so we can prayerfully process this journey with you. It sounds like you are wisely looking and evaluating your situation and options. There is NOT a wrong choice. He has your days numbered. He has blessed the days He has given you. He has you in His hands now and forever. Your choice is to use the wisdom and voice He provides to follow Him. Our prayers are with you.

    thankful for you two,
    james & Suzie

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