Prayer team support
Monday, 13 January 2014
In October I was told I had six skin cancer patches on my face and needed surgery to remove them.
I told a friend in church and she suggested I went to the Prayer Team. I replied that I couldn't do that as I would be too embarrassed and would go to my daughter instead. This I did and had wonderful prayers from her and also my two grandsons.
I had the first operation where two cancers were removed - one from my right cheek and one on my forehead. This took one and a half hours and was a very unpleasant experience as it was under local anaesthetic. On the way home we called on my daughter telling her I had come for a cuppa, cuddle and a prayer.
Consequently I was not looking forward to my second appointment.
The Sunday before that date was Communion and after I had taken my Communion I passed the two members of the Prayer Team - one I knew slightly and the other I didn't know at all - and there was an empty chair alongside them. The next thing I knew, I was sitting on this chair and pouring out my fears to them. They were very reassuring especially when I said I thought my face would look like a patchwork quilt, telling me that I would still be the same person inside.
I felt a lot calmer as the appointment drew nearer and when I went into the operating room I was quite at ease. The atmosphere was so different and I was even chatting and laughing with the surgeon and nurses. After removing the cancer from my left cheek, the surgeon asked me what I felt about her removing the next three cancers as everything had gone so smoothly and that would save me having to return in another two weeks’ time. I replied: Yes, if you have the time.
I am certain that all the prayers I had received from the Prayer Team and my family helped me to relax in this situation.
So when the Prayer Team are there - do go to them for prayers and support - it certainly helped me and I would like to say thank you to them.
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