Phillip was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma left hip one week ago. Monday was Phillip’s first day of chemotherapy. Phillip said, “It’s D-day everybody! The cancer in my pelvis is Normandy, and chemotherapy is the Allied Forces. We are ready to storm these beaches!” (Phillip has always had a sense of humor!) What a vivid word picture! My younger brother has just gone into battle. Would you commit to praying for him?
I cannot imagine what it must have been like to storm the beaches on D-day. There’s no doubt that those soldiers were full of fear and uncertainty, but even more so, bravery and courage. And that is exactly how I would describe Phillip and Ana. There have been many tears shed the last week or so. There is still fear and uncertainty, but even more so, there is bravery, courage, and faith. As Phillip and Ana go into battle, they have shared with me some specific ways that we can pray:
1. Pray that God would be glorified. Phillip and Ana want to share the love of Christ with everyone they meet on their journey.
2. Pray for the chemotherapy to be effective. Phillip will have 15 weeks of chemotherapy, a major surgery to remove the tumor, followed by another 15 weeks of chemotherapy.
3. Pray for minimal side effects. Phillip also has two auto-immune diseases. So pray especially that his liver and colon are protected.
4. Pray for Ana. When I went over to Phillip’s house the other day (which is literally right across the street), I asked Phillip how I could pray for him. His first response was to pray for his sweet wife, Ana. Just look at these two! The first picture below was taken about 5 years ago, and I secretly snapped the second photo the morning of Phillip’s biopsy.
GRACE IN DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES Thank you for your continued prayers! It means more than you know. Phillip and Ana have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support. (Love and support from church, co-workers, family, and friends. Random text messages, letters in the mail, help with yard work, home cooked meals, financial support, and prayers— so many prayers.)
Phillip shared a sweet story with me the other day… Phillip said that when he and Ana were on their way home from Vanderbilt, Ana looked over at one point and Phillip had tears streaming down his face. Thinking Phillip was in pain, Ana asked, “What’s wrong”? Phillip responded, “Nothing. These are happy tears.” …Phillip has been through a lot the last month, but your prayers and support have been so uplifting. So, from this brother, thank you from the bottom of my heart. We’ll keep you updated as he continues to battle.