It’s been two weeks since I rushed my precious husband to the ER for the 6th time. He was finally admitted to the hospital. Unbelievably, we had to insist upon it. He has been severely ill over the last two months. Since being admitted, our world has turned upside down. In the blink of an eye, he was finally officially diagnosed with Signet Ring Adenocarcinoma… a rare CANCER of the intestine… Stage 4.
This evil cancer enemy is aggressive and fast moving. In two weeks it has managed to become systemic, moving into Dave’s bloodstream. He had intensive surgery to remove the prominent tumor in his intestine, but the tumors are everywhere in his stomach.
We’ve seen miracles along the way, including removal of the tumor blockage which ended up being smaller than it looked on the scan. It was originally supposed to be a bypass, but the intestine was able to be repaired. I believe the surgery was successful due to prayer, and only because of prayer. However, there was angry cancer on the appendix touching other organs, and in the upper colon causing further complications. Yet, still; we are continuing to pray for a huge miracle: the complete, miraculous healing of Dave’s body from head to toe by the blood of Jesus Christ. In addition we pray for God’s will, and that through Dave’s trial, many people will come to accept Jesus. Dave only wants God’s will to be done.
Our goal is to for Dave to recover from the surgery, so he can start chemotherapy ASAP. So far, the cancer has not invaded his organs, except for the small intestine. Our current prayer is for God to freeze the cancer. Even more so, we pray God will shrink the tumors, and cause the cancer cells in his blood, and throughout his body, to miraculously disappear. We’re praying that his severe pain from surgery is managed well enough, so he can be sent home; in order to rest, eat, drink, enjoy his family and friends, and grow stronger. This will allow him to withstand the chemo treatments. As of now, he is not strong enough or well enough to do this.
We are heartbroken, sickened, anxious, and very tired; yet finding “Strength through Jesus;” one of Dave’s favorite phrases, and mine. We are also already seeing some godly things happening along the way: people coming together for prayer, encouragement, support and meeting our physical, mental, and spiritual needs. Relationships are being healed. People are being reunited. Our hope and prayer is that people are coming to Jesus.
David is accepting of what’s to come and is asking only for God’s will to be done. Of course our family, and circle of friends, are praying for miraculous healing as well; according to God’s will. We invite you to join us now. We were respecting Dave’s wishes by waiting on final biopsy results before we shared further.
In spite of everything, Dave has been in good spirits, wanting to be used by God to bring as many to Jesus Christ as possible. He is an American Army Veteran, having flown U.S. Generals around in Huey helicopters during the war. He’s been an EMT, and has saved lives and witnessed death. He is a soldier, but he is badly wounded and in grave danger. In the last couple days, due to pain, he has become extremely frustrated, uncomfortable, and beyond exhaustion from sheer pain. This is being addressed, and we need prayer that the pain management will continue successfully, improving his quality of life, allowing him to come home quickly. Doctors are helping him with his pain. For today, he is back to just ice chips, but Dave does love his ice chips!
Today, we found out that Dave carries the gene for this particular form of rare cancer. Please pray that no matter what happens, God breaks the curse of the chain through Dave’s willingness to submit to God’s will in Jesus’ name; so that the chain will be broken and the genetic cancer will not carry on to our children, grandchildren and future generations. God, break the generational curse in Jesus’ name through mercy, grace, and forgiveness!
It’s Palm Sunday. Jesus was facing future death. So is Dave. Jesus suffered, died and rose again. So will Dave. Whether it’s now or later; the silver lining is that Dave, through God’s Son Jesus Christ, will claim the victory of eternal life.
It’s Palm Sunday. I brought communion to my husband in the hospital. May God bless and heal him in Jesus’ name through the prayers uttered during this Holy Sacrament.
“For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ “1 Cor. 11: 23-25 NIV).
Dave and I are already a team. He is the one who suggested I start a blog years ago. He has read everything and is a great editor! We have decided together, that I will write his testimony on my Christian blog: The Silver Lining at angelaslittleattic.com. It’s a place where readers can click on a variety of encouraging topics. I use my own experiences, God’s wisdom, and biblical scripture; to point readers towards truth, hope, and freedom in Jesus Christ. You can click on the available topics, or type tag words into the search bar to find posts that relate to you. We now have a new tag to search: “cancer.” I do not pay to promote my blog. There are no ads. You can subscribe, follow, or just check in. It is free, and God led; the writing is a gift God has given to me to bless others.
Under “cancer,” you will find Dave’s testimony through multiple posts, containing much of what I’ve been writing to family and friends about Dave’s journey with cancer and Christ. The posts may not come in order, but they will have the date and “Dave’s Testimony” in the title. We want others suffering from cancer, or affected by cancer, to find strength and comfort in the arms of Jesus. We want many to come to Jesus and be saved!
At times, I’ve encouraged readers to share a post if they’ve felt led. This time, I’m asking. Please share for Dave, so we can: receive more prayers for Dave, support and encourage victims of cancer and terminal illness along with their families, and finally; to spread the news of salvation offered through Jesus Christ in order that more can inherit eternal life in The Kingdom of God: Heaven.
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As Dave faces death head on, with his future uncertain on earth, not wanting to leave his loved ones behind, yet desiring God’s will; these are some of Dave’s actual quotes:
“I’m excited for once for God showing me the path in my life. There’s gonna be a miracle regardless. Just be looking for it. Be ready for it!”
“If I don’t get healed and I die, it’s a miracle regardless. I’m ok with it.”
“There are going to be miracles… lots of miracles.”
We appreciate your prayers during this time, especially for Dave, and also for our family. The silver lining is the bright, shiny glimpses of love in Christ that come our way. Thank you for your continued prayers; they reach us, and they reach Dave. ❤️🙏🏼💙
Angela Royse Pelleman
“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed” (1 Pet. 4: 12-13)
“Praise the LORD! How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him! The Lord builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the exiles of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit” (Psalm 147: 4-5 NIV).
Dear God, please ease Dave’s suffering and heal his body completely with the blood of The Lamb, Jesus Christ. May many of those suffering with cancer and terminal illness, or long-suffering, come to know your Son, Jesus Christ, through Dave’s Testimony. May Your will be done. Dave is in Your hands, as we all are. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
If you accept Jesus as a result of Dave’s testimony; please let us know by commenting, so we can pray for you, and rejoice in having a new brother or sister in Christ!
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