"Michael had not been feeling well since October of 2007. Several doctor appointments followed, as well as some chiropractor appointments for a sore neck. He had several medical tests which all came back normal. His symptoms were attributed to being run down, staying up late and not eating well, or possibly a low grade infection. Things, however, continued to get worse even with life style improvements and visits to the chiropractor for a sore neck. Antibiotics were next prescribed and even following that regiment his symptoms persisted. He was then sent to a surgeon for further evaluation. On January 23, 2008, a little over a month after Michaels 20th birthday, our nightmare began when we received a call from the surgeons office with the outcome of a CT scan. The results showed a large mass in Michaels head.
An aspiration of the mass proved inconclusive so a biopsy was necessary. The diagnosis was Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma, a cancer that is rare in the United States. A PET scan (a scan that shows all cancer present in the body) showed no evidence of the cancer having spread from the head and neck area, therefore was potentially curable. This was a big relief at the time because If the cancer had spread beyond the head and neck area it would not be curable, but treatment could only buy us some time in the hope that a cure could be found. His treatment however was, as the doctors put it, the hardest of any cancer treatment given. The actual chemo was a harsh one and would be given simultaneously with 35 radiation treatments to the throat and neck area. A mask was made to fit his face and he was snapped into place on the radiation table. He was very brave and took these treatments with a great deal of courage and did not complain. He tried to enjoy the moments he could on the days he felt okay. When the long weeks of treatment were finally over, the cumulative effects made for a very miserable couple of weeks. His neck, tongue and throat were burned. He was barely able to swallow and almost all of his nutrition came from a feeding tube. He also was fatigued from the chemo and dealing with waves of nausea. After a month of rest he was beginning to feel better and the adjuvant treatment began, which was some follow up just in case chemo to get any left behind living cells of cancer. He had one round of this chemo combination, which was suppose to be easier but something was not right. He was having some intestinal pains and his energy level was sinking again, more than predicted. He was still not eating much, even when his throat was better and the chemo effects should have been wearing off. So the next round of chemo was delayed, and then delayed again. A CT scan was ordered and soon we found out that there was a tumor growing in Michaels hip bone, and had actually fractured the bone. A bone marrow biopsy showed it was cancerous and a PET scan showed there were actually 2 tumors in his left hip. His pain level was increasing and he was back on heavy duty pain medicine and steroids for bone pain. The pain was increasing quite quickly. His cancer was now staged from a 4A to a 4C and was now in his bone marrow. Our options were not many or even sure possibilities. He was given 3 more different chemos at one time and life was miserable. The pain medicine was not doing the job and more radiation was possibly coming up.
A friend of Michaels told us about a local healing room where people can go and get prayed for; a place where she had gone and experienced positive results. Michael and I went for prayer which he received, and then we were told about a healing revival going on in Florida. Two of the people working at the healing room encouraged us to go, if possible, after seeing the condition and pain level that Michael was experiencing. Michael felt spiritually uplifted and got a definite touch from God when he was prayed for at the healing room. We also took their advice, packed up and on June 13, 2008 boarded a plane for Florida.
The first part of the trip was horrible, as even the wheel chair ride to the plane and between gates was painful for Michael. I asked him in Denver if he wanted to rest in a motel and continue on later, rather than board again so soon. He wanted keep going because he did not think he would feel any better in a motel. Michael and I were seated apart on this next flight because a flight attendant put Michael near the front so he could get to the bathroom and exit the plane easier. A good way into the flight, I noticed a man and a woman (his wife) leaning over Michael, obviously praying for him. I ran up there and this man had tears running out of his eyes as he was praying for Michael's cancer to leave, and the pain to leave. He was asking God to burn the cancer out, was pleading the blood of Jesus over him, and began speaking life over Michael. Michael was basically healed at that moment. He immediately felt better. When we got to our hotel Michael began walking around. He had a very slight limp and his pain was mostly gone. The man on the plane and a friend of his talked to me for a while afterward and told me that Michael would sleep well that night (he had not been able to sleep much because of the pain). Michael had been waking up every few hours to take more pain medicine. He slept so well during the night that I had to wake him up at 11:30 am to check out of the motel at 12:00. He had slept all night without once waking up. I asked him how he was feeling and he said fine (A response I had not heard in a long time). The evening that we arrived, Michael went down to the restaurant in the motel to order food for us and brought it up to our room. (He had not been eating much at all - getting his nutrition from a feeding tube - we have not used the feeding tube since before we left for Florida, and today it was taken out). We had a wonderful time at the revival and Michael was prayed for by the ministry team and felt heat coming onto him. He went through the fire tunnel, and a lady we met while standing in line brought some people in the ministry team over to pray for Michael. It was such a wonderful experience and Michael continues to do GREAT! He has been pedal boating, playing basketball, a little jet skiing, doing landscape work and hanging out with friends. We had a gathering at our house less than a week after we returned home from Florida because we had friends in from out of town and it was our daughter, Marys birthday. Mary had a group of her girlfriends at the party who had been on a jump rope team with her while they were growing up. Some of the guests wanted the girls to perform so they did a short performance. At one point 2 of the girls were turning double dutch (a fast turn with 2 ropes going) and Michael said "I'm coming in." He jumped into the ropes and continued jumping in the ropes for longer than I knew he was able to, even before cancer and a broken hip!! It was great. Everyone is so amazed when I tell the story. We are blessed and everyday my husband and I are so happy just basking in the wonder of it all!!! We are continuing on with his medical treatment but are anxious to get all the scans from the doctors, to show on paper what we already know and see that Michael is totally 100% healed by the power of Jesus, the great physician and healer.
Addendum: On August 6,2008 Michael finally was given another PET/CT scan. The Pet Scan shows metabolic activity that helps to detect and measure cancer, and is given along with the CT which further helps to define what is going on in the body. We received the results on August 12. His previous PET/CT scan done on June 10,2008 showed 2 tumors in his left hip area. These showed an SUV (Standard Uptake Value) measurement of 17.3 and 16.3 with 1-3 being within the normal range. On August 6 the measurements were both 1.4, well within the normal range. Also at the end of the PET/CT report it stated no PET CT evidence of active residual disease. The doctor concluded the reading of this report with these wordsMichael is in complete remission.
- Lisa B. on June 13th, 2008
Entered online Dec 8th, 2009
Northshore Healing Rooms
"I had a diving accident when I was 15 year old and sustained extensive damage to my neck and spine. Throughout the years since that time, two of the discs collapsed in the lumbar area of my spine causing a large bulge in my spine at the L-4/L-5 vertebrae.
I also had a spinal infection (ostemyelitis) in 2005 which caused my left hip to fracture because it was weak from osteoporosis, subsequently leading to a hip replacement. The infection damaged the nerve connection in my spine which controls the nerve endings in my left leg; the lack of nerve function left me with a drop foot. My left leg is approximately 1/2" shorter than my right leg and I have relied on using a cane to walk since that time. On Saturday, November 22, 2008 the Healing Room team prayed for my hips to be adjusted and realigned and I have been walking without the cane since. I am trusting the Lord for a total healing of the nerve function and full restoration of my left leg and foot.
On Monday, November 24, 2008 the Healing Room team prayed for my back to be healed, for the collapsed discs to be restored to their proper position and for my spine to be made perfectly straight. The next day my back was healed, the collapsed discs were restored to their proper position and my spine was perfectly straight.
Praise God for His healing and His great mercy and grace which He extends so generously. "
- Dianne on December 2nd, 2008
Entered online May 28th, 2009
Prince George Healing Rooms Society