The list of people that Beth and I would love for you to pray for are listed below. Some of them are the doctors and nurses who are treating Beth. Some are people whom God has used to speak to us along the way.
The gastrointerologist who confirmed that Beth’s “abnormality” was in fact cancer. She is very skilled and was able to get us help right away.
Beth’s “doctor doctor.” She had the unpleasant job of telling us that the pain Beth was experiencing might be cancerous. Her compassionate spirit helped us take in the news. Dr. Weber also went the extra mile to gather all of Beth’s medical records from Baylor so we could get them to M.D. Anderson.
The oncologist that will be co-treating Beth with the oncologist at MDA. We spoke with him after the ultrasound conducted by Dr. Moparty. This guy is the optimist that any patient would want in her corner. He believes with all of his heart that we can beat this. Pray for him as he collaborates with MDA about Beth’s treatment plan.
MDA has a group of doctor’s and nurses who make up a department called “Supportive Oncology.” It is devoted to studying the side effects of chemotherapy and how to make the whole treatment process easier on its patients. Kandice is the nurse who gave us the biggest moral support we could have asked for. In fact, she is the one who gave us the “50%” idea. Pray for her as she helps monitor Beth and gives support with chemotherapy side effects. You can read more about Kandice here.
Beth’s first cycle of chemo was administered at MDA. After what was a very long day, God sent this sweet nurse to speak His love and peace into our lives. You can read more about Mary here.
Waiting for the first chemo treatment, we had the privilege of meeting Carol. She has been fighting cancer for the past two years and her sweet spirit has not been daunted. She spoke words of comfort as someone who has been “down that road.” Pray for Carol as she continues her treatment at MDA. Thank God for Carol. He used her to tell us that He is with us.
We have meet an army of health care professionals involved in the fight for Beth’s health. Dr. Javle is the guy calling the shots. The first day we talked with him at MDA, he was not the optimistic guy you want in your corner. He leveled with us and got us on the fast track to treatment. The second visit with him was much more cheerful. Beth first called him Eeyore. Now he is a bit more “Tigger-ish.” Pray for Dr. Javle as he interprets all the tests and watches over Beth as she undergoes treatment.
As Dr. Javle’s assistant, she gets a lot of phone calls and e-mails from us. She is very patient to answer all of our questions and even responds to our e-mails on her days off. She is committed to treating Beth and I am grateful for her kind heart and dedication.
The Nurses of 9th Floor
It is never fun staying in the hospital, but great nurses make treatment worth it. Kristen, Reno, Caylie, Savannah, Holly, Grace, Morris, Patrice, Todd, Bisca, Linda and anyone else working on the 9th floor who had the misfortune of being tackled around the ankles by a pushy husband have been so helpful in getting Beth through a tough week in August.
(We are still in the hospital as I write this page, so more names could be added to the list.)
I did not ask permission to publish her name, so she will be listed simply as Carol M. I am not sure of the details, but she is somehow connected to Kay M. from Team Beth Kaufman. She came in Sunday morning to our hospital room and gave us a list of scriptures that speak to health and healing. After we visited a minute, she prayed and was on her way. We have read aloud the list of scriptures several times and it has brought us comfort and strength. I have included those scriptures here.