April 30, 2010
It’s Friday night about 7:30 and Laura is an hour into her first five hours of chemotherapy treatment at the Cancer Treatment Center of America located in Zion, Illinois, just outside of Chicago.
Laura and I arrived here Tuesday in the hope of finding a regimen of treatment which was less toxic but still effective. The Cancer Center is a wonderfully sad place… sad because so many are suffering, wonderful because so many are being healed. We were told they had 250 patients from all over the country staying here this week alone. We were picked up at the airport in a limo (sans champagne!) and met two other patients who rode with us to the hospital… “Eddy” was from Michigan and was beginning an 11 week stay and treatment for prostate cancer… “Sue” was in her third round of chemo for lung cancer which had spread to her other organs.
Laura and I keep watch for the Lord’s leading as we walk this path. The Cancer Center built a small hotel two blocks from the hospital where patients can stay at low rates. On our first walk to the hospital we noticed a small church in an old building just behind the hotel. Laura and I often visit small churches while traveling. We were tired after our first full day of tests here, but the Holy Spirit prompted us to attend their Wednesday night prayer service.
God does not disappoint and there are no coincidences.
We were warmly greeted by the small congregation and the Pastor led us in wonderful praise songs with music played by his grandson. The Pastor then preached for ninety minutes! He spoke with clear biblical authority and we were right at home. He asked if anyone needed prayer for healing which we of course were pleased to receive.
After the service a distinguished man approached and introduced himself as Arthur Fossland. He is the President of the Midwestern Regional Medical Center Board of Directors, and one of Cancer Treatment Centers of America's founding Trustees! He told us how the hospital was started by family members of cancer victims who wanted to give patients the most humane treatment possible. He explained that thirty years ago they bought a small community hospital with 200 employees and today they have four regional centers with over 9000 employees. He gave us his home phone number and urged us to call if we needed anything!
We chose the Cancer Centers for treatment primarily because they offered complimentary therapies to build up Laura’s immune system which will be so devastated by the chemotherapy. The Centers combine traditional medicine with alternative treatments to fight the cancer with the “mind, body and spirit”. We have been very impressed by their expertise and their kindness. We are confident that God led us here and are resting in His providence.
Matt & Laura Lynch
You who bring good tidings to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid, say to the towns of Judah, "Here is your God!"