Calling all prayer warriors!

We need you to pray, so stop your on-line Christmas shopping for the moment and join us in prayer:)

We found out yesterday that our insurance has denied Susana’s Proton Therapy Treatment in Jacksonville, FL.  They do not think that it is considered a medical necessity.  So, unless they change their minds after talking to Susana’s doctors, then she will just end up getting regular radiation therapy here in Asheville.

Both Proton Therapy and Radiation Therapy are designed to accomplish the same task, which is to kill of any remaining cancer cells in the body, but the difference is that Proton Therapy is more protective of the vital organs not suffering damage in the process of treatment, whereas Radiation Therapy has more of a risk of organ damage.

The main site where Susana’s tumor WAS (that feels good to say that) was on the adrenal gland which is extremely close to her kidney.  So, either our insurance does not think that the kidney is a vital organ or they simply have been drinking to much special egg nog before the holidays, I don’t know.  It was even strange/difficult to talk to the administrator at Jacksonville yesterday who told us the news.  She was stating one somewhat positive side to it, which is the fact that, should the worst happen and Susana’s kidney suffers damage in the future, she still has another kidney and so it would not be life threatening such as if the radiation was near the liver or heart and caused damage.  So, as much as that is true, we still would love it if our daughter did not have to be subjected to such possible side effects.

Therefore, please pray with us that the best and safest treatment will be given to Susana.  Pray that the Lord will open the door that needs to be opened.  We know that He is in complete control.  If we are supposed to go to Jacksonville for Proton Treatment, then please pray that the insurance company will change their mind after talking with the doctors this afternoon.  And if we are supposed to get traditional Radiation Treatment, then pray that she will not suffer and ill side effects.

We will have a decision made by Monday because Susana cannot wait any longer than that before she begins treatment at either place.  So, can wait for a few minutes while you pause and lift up this need to our Heavenly Father.  Thank you all so much.  We love you. – Cody

By the way, Susana is doing FANTASTIC!!!  She is so happy to be home.  She is eating like crazy all throughout the day.  Her counts are great.  The doctors said that she looks great.  She is extremely lively and full of joy.  She has been doing homeschooling every day and is really enjoying getting back to it.  We went out and bought a Christmas Tree (fake) and decorations the other night and spent the night decorating the tree, singing silly Christmas songs, drinking hot chocolate, and watching a Christmas movie and eating popcorn.  We had so much fun together.  Today, after homeschooling and work, we are going to visit our dog Casey, who has been staying with friends of ours for the last few months while we have been away.  Susana is so excited, as is the rest of us.  We really miss her.

At any rate, we want to protect our daughter as much as possible.  So, in our completely inexperienced opinion, Proton Therapy is the way to go.  But, ultimately God is in control.  Perhaps He sees something that we do not see.

6 thoughts on “Calling all prayer warriors!

  1. Father, God, we praise Your Holy Name. We praise You for You are deserving of all praise and honor. We stand in awe, we bow in humble adoration for Your glorious Word that does not return to You void. You have promised Susana plans to prosper her and not to harm her. Plans to give her a future and a hope. We glorify Your Holy Name. We thank You for commanding Your angels concerning her to guide her in all of her ways least she stumble on a rock (forget the mountains,,even the little pebbles You have commanded Your angels to watch over Susana on her journey). We thank You that You Lord God have gone on before her to make these crooked places straight and these rough patches smooth..Hallelujah..King of kings and Lord of lords for Susana’s help comes from You, the Maker of Heaven and Earth..amen amen amen

  2. Cody and Maria,

    I am praying!!!!! Praising God for protecting Susana and helping her feel so much better!!

    “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.” Psalm 32:8

    “For I am the Lord, your God, Who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13

    “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27

    “Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at ALL times and in EVERY way…..”
    “2 Thessalonians 3:16

  3. Thank you Father for hearing our cries. you know how much we love our children. you have been very gracious Lord already, but we ask you for more favor Lord. Please have mercy on us, have mercy on Susanna and her parents. we thank you and we praise you for who you are, for saving us, for loving us, for hearing us and being everpresent right by us, for being our wonderful, awesome, most powerful, Holy, One and only God! in Jesus name. Amen.

  4. Pray and talk with a lawyer to review your policy. I am a proton treated survivor and have at least one friend who is now undergoing secondary cancer treatment from photon treatment induced damage. In the long run, costs are probably actually cheaper for proton treatment and results, side effects and life quality is so much better. For a child, it is almost a no brainer, other than the fact our health care is provided by several third party payors who look only to the next quarter bottom line.

    Anyway, be thankful for blessings obtained, keep praying and help yourselves by seeing a health insurance knowledgeable lawyer.

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