A reader writes:
I have a prayer request for a friend who has been diagnosed with pelvic bone cancer. The cancer is literally eating away her pelvis and going into her hip as well. The best treatment is surgery to get rid of the damaged bone and to keep it from spreading to her lungs or other areas. The surgery will be long and difficult and will result in a leg shorter by some 2-3 inches. So, the therapy will be difficult as well. However, she is getting a lot of doom and gloom from others around her that think she will never walk again (not according to the surgeon who is an expert in this) and thinking that a 50% survival rate (or higher) to 5 years is terrible. She has always been super independent, so yes, this is difficult. But somehow, the doom and gloomers seem to be missing the point that the cancer is eating away her bones and if it spreads, as it most likely will, her survival rate will be much worse. I’m giving her all the moral support I can, but she needs all the help she can get.
Father, hear our prayer for this woman’s complete healing in body, soul, and spirit. Grant her caregivers the grace, wisdom, knowledge, understanding, skill, compassion, and proper technology to assist in her complete healing. Give her and all who love her grace, peace, strength, consolation, faith, hope, and love to come through this to the glory of your Name. Mother Mary, St. Luke, and St. Peregrine, pray for them. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.