Prayer and Remission

Both of my stem cell transplants are over. Done. I’m so grateful I made it through this part. There is so much to complain about regarding this whole process, but I try very hard to focus on only the positive. It would be so easy to slip into a desperate depression about this Multiple Myeloma thing, and what it means for my future. It would probably be somewhat of a comfort, although momentary, to curl up in a ball and just be done with it. But I think I’ve already been at my worst, and if I can get through tossing and turning in a hospital bed, thinking I’m dying, I can get through anything. If I can get through throwing up for weeks at a time, four times now, I can get through anything. If I continue to have the support system of prayer warriors, both known to me and unknown, I can get through anything. I have zero doubt that all of these people have made a positive impact on my cancer. Anyone that says prayer is just hopeful thinking or that prayer won’t make a difference has never been in shoes like mine. It makes a huge difference.

My cancer is a tricky one. It involves plasma cells, which are found throughout the body. So, basically, I’m covered in cancer (or I WAS covered in cancer). Multiple Myeloma is supposedly incurable, but I’ve met 19-25 year survivors. All of them will tell you that prayer was and is a significant factor in their survival. I’m not saying that everyone I’ve met who prays has stayed in remission or even survived, but the ones that are surviving hold prayer close to their heart.

Faith is an amazing journey. Sometimes it takes something earth shattering to renew it or to make it real. I’ve always been a praying person, but it took cancer to make me realize that prayers are living things. I have so many people praying for me, and I ‘feel’ every single one. That probably doesn’t make sense, and I don’t know that I can accurately explain what I mean. But when you start with 70 to 80% of your bone marrow being myeloma and now it is undetectable, you start to realize that science, combined with faith, is something entirely different and something very complex and Holy.

My status is now “Stringent and Complete Remission”. I still have two more rounds of the heavy duty 7 drug chemotherapy and three years of maintenance chemo, but I have a head start to being one of those survivors. I will pray fervently that I stay in Stringent and Complete Remission, and I would ask those friends (both known and unknown) and family to pray that I stay that way.

Cancer is a horrible, disgusting, frustrating thing. There are so many people fighting to overcome it, and so many fighting to keep it out of their lives. Pray for them! Even if you don’t know someone (very unlikely these days) that is suffering from it, send up a general prayer. Or even a prayer to the scientists that are trying to find a cure. I NEED that cure! We all need that cure.

I do have a specific prayer request for friends of mine. These young women are tired, have slipped out of remission and/or are in a great deal of pain. Please send your thoughts and prayers in their direction. All of them are amazing, strong, beautiful women that could use a little extra help.

You all are AMAZING, and I cannot thank you enough!

‘Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.’ James 5:14-16

17 thoughts on “Prayer and Remission

  1. you are amazing women. I am very thankful to call you my friend. I pray for you, Lee and the kids. You have gone through so much and I pray for some peace now. Love you always.

  2. From an atheist,
    Your inspiration to all of us out here who have Myeloma is profound. Just remember that if we do not have anyone up above, you have all us human fellow sufferers down here who are rooting for you????

    • Keith, I have such love, compassion, empathy and a strong pull to pray for all of my ‘fellow sufferers’. Where would we be on earth without each other? For instance, I found out moments ago that a myeloma friend, also an atheist, passed away. She was full of life, and this news was very unexpected. I had prayed for her and rooted for her, just as I’m sure she rooted for me. In the end it’s death and taxes no matter your religion;) Prayers AND positive thoughts from others are precious to me, and I’m sure to you as well! I’ll send prayers your way and you send positive thoughts my way:). Thank you for reading my blog!

  3. Hi Stephanie, so glad to receive your update and grateful for your present condition. PTL!! I know the chemo is tough, but you are tougher and will overcome this challenge. I saw your in-laws this Sunday, but did not have time to visit. They really love you and are wonderful people. We keep praying and please let me know if there is anything that I or the church can do for you. Your brother in Christ, Dave

  4. I continue to be in awe in the way you continually express your faith and courage during your MM journey. I am so proud of the way you gain strength from others and are such an inspiration to people, specifically other MM sufferers. We all are so blessed to have you in our lives. Beautiful daughter inside and out, I love you!

  5. Dearest Stephanie: You continue to amaze me and uplift me with your strength, You and your family are always in my prayers. God truly does work in mysterious ways. Continued prayers for your good health and the good health of the friends you have made durin
    g this process. How fortunate you are to have met them, and them you, Sending much love your way–Jen

  6. I love you so much my friend. You are simply amazing. God is good and He is listening to our prayers. Stay strong and continue to keep the faith. We are all surrounding you with love!

  7. Same boat as Keith but liked your response. I’m not too worried about the death bit, it’s those taxes that get me! Strength to you.
    Steve, in year 4 of stringent complete remission.

  8. Steph, I’m so thrilled to hear such an awesome report. You have been so brave and fierce through this battle. I hope people see the power of Christ through your faithful walk through this. You are truly amazing dear friend. I love you guys. I will continue to pray for those still battling.

  9. Dear Steph, such wonderful news, you are almost there. Prayer is a wonderful weapon that can get us through anything. I have a friend who is a single mom and has MM, she has been going through treatments now for two years, and has been cancer free. She too has faith and contributes her success to prayer and love from family and friends. She was able to attend her daughter’s High School graduation. She looked radiant, so positive. I start my day with a thankful heart and a prayer for you. You have a special place in my heart, and I know you will get through this and be able to look back and say I made it, praise the Lord. We love you very much and miss you.

  10. So happy to have read this post. You’ve been on my mind lately and the kids too! Congrats to you for staying strong, pushing on, and not giving up!! Your kids are learning so much from their sweet mama!! Tell them I said hello!! Take care!!

  11. Stephanie, thank you for continuing to share your amazing story so that the others can be blessed! You are truly a blessing to me. Praying for you and your precious friends.

  12. I’m so excited about your current status. I have prayed so hard for you, Lee, your kids, and your mom. Continued prayers your way!

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