Received this email yesterday. This type of email arrives far too often, and I share only a fraction of them here….it’s Christmas Eve…
Dear Men of Holy Family,
I received bad news today that my wife Diana’s breast cancer has returned and the prognosis wasn’t very good. I’m told that when breast cancer returns to another part of the body it is not curable, so we can now only try to control it. She is scheduled to undergo chemotherapy again Wednesday morning in an attempt to lessen the pain and reduce the tumor. If she responds well to this treatment, then we can hope for a few more good years for her. If not, then time is not on our side. Please pray for Diana. Thank you for all of the support you have all given me and Diana during this difficult time.
The servant leader of a Men’s group I belong to, Ralph sent this email request:
I am asking for your prayers for one of my colleagues, Dan Mastrone. He’ll be 39 tomorrow (Dec. 2). Last October, Dan was diagnosed with Stage IV Lung Cancer. Doctors found 20 lesions on his brain, liver, bone, bone marrow, and lymphatic system.
You can imagine the devastating news that Dan and his family received.
Since then, Dan has undergone 10 rounds of whole brain radiation and numerous chemo treatments. Today, Dan appears to have kept the areas, except for his lung, from having further metastasis. However, some fluid that he had in his lung, now appears to be solidifying and this is now becoming a solid tumor.
We all know the power behind a faithful, praying community and that is why I turn to you, my dear brothers (and sisters).
Dan also has a website on Caring Bridge at www.caringbridge.com and if you enter his name in one word – danmastrone it should take you to his sight. Let’s give him some encouragement and remind him and his family, that there is NOTHING that is impossible to our God – NOTHING!!!!
Thank you Ralph for giving all of us the opportunity to help Dan.