CDGPRESSING ON: A winter’s tale of despair, setback, and finally, the Ultimate Hope

Hello my fine friends and family,

As you can see by my title it’s been a “rollercoaster” ride lately.  However, I want to remind you (and affirm it myself) that God is ALWAYS good thru every trial, tribulation, and triumph.

Listen to this, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.  For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal”.  2 Corinthians 4:18

What a profound piece of scripture!!  It sends my spirit miles high as this is what drives my existence.  To think that we are to live just 70, 80, or 90 years and then it’s all over is is such a farce and a lie the evil one wants people to believe.  This thinking represents such a huge gap in what God wants for us versus what many people (unbelievers) think is what they need to settle for in life.

I created the title above to illustrate what emotions I go thru on a regular basis with the exception that I NEVER give up HOPE in Christ because as the Bible tells us, “we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us”.  I feel despair at times because of a medical system hell bent on selling drugs and radiation versus looking at alternative Immunotherapies that work and have been demonstrated to do so in countries such as Austria, Germany, Mexico, and others.  These countries are not bound by the bureacracy of our current health care system.  They have managed to work along side of drug companies and minimize governmental redtape.  In my case drugs and radiation are not curative, just palliative.  This means I have to seek out other methods to find a way to kill the dreaded cancer cells within this body.  The setback I am speaking of is that once again I had to have my bronchial tube “laser reamed out” to get rid of renal cells desiring to cover up my right bronchial tube thereby obstructing my breathing and leading into deadly pnuemonia.  Don’t get me wrong this part of our health care system is excellent.  The fine doctors and nurses at the Mayo Clinic were able to “ream out” the bronchial tube and restore my breathing.  Praise God for professionals such as these!!

This brings me to the Ulimate Hope–Jesus Christ.  In John 11:4 scripture tells us, “When he heard this, Jesus said, ‘this sickness will not end in death.  No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorifed through it.”

This is his promise to us—life eternal.  Our life is but a “blink of an eye” here on earth.  However, because of Christ’s death on the cross he defeated sickness and death FOR ME (and you) once and for all.

For now, I am asking all our friends and family members to pray for wisdom, clarity and discernment regarding my next treatments.  I am looking into Immunotherapy with the idea of stimulating my immune system in “hyper-drive” so that it can kill the renal cells.  I am thinking of a procedure that uses my cancer cells combined with a special serum to create a vaccine which would be injected a minimum of 4 times over a specified time period.  Or, a similar treatment that combines a specific juice diet as well as other vaccines that stimulate the immune system.  Either way the treatments will be expensive and out of the country.  We are seeking God’s will and direction in this process.  Won’t you please join us in prayer as we determine our next steps?

Many Blessings to you as you find your path toward the light.

Craig, aka Papa G

25 thoughts on “CDGPRESSING ON: A winter’s tale of despair, setback, and finally, the Ultimate Hope

  1. Jayne Larson

    Craig and Terry, The strength of your faith is amazing!! Praying for you both as you determine the next steps!!

    Blessings, Gregg and Jayne Larson

    Sent from my iPhone



  2. Nancy

    “Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for You I wait all the day long”. Waiting with you Craig and praying that the Lord makes known to you the path. Take heart….. He knows your name!!


  3. Cathy Lundgren

    Craig and Teri we are continuing to pray for you , that you receive the wisdom and direction on which way to go!!!
    Love and prayers!

    Paul, Cathy, Hannah


  4. Jennifer Aarrestad

    Beautiful testimony of Our Lord Jesus!! He is our hope and strength through the storm!! Praying for clarity, discernment and peace!!


  5. Mike Earl

    Your faith/attitude is remarkable! We our all praying for the best direction for you in your upcoming treatments and which paths to take. May god bless you with strength during this process.


  6. Mark Blaylock


    Praying for you and your family that this Immunotherapy and your strong believe in our savior, Jesus Christ, that he will be with you in this treatment and that this works to bring you back to the healthy spectrum of life.

    God Bless!



  7. Kate Wenzel

    We continue to pray for you and believe that He is abundantly faithful whatever His will – keep clinging to Him- it is beautiful to see!


  8. Maureen Stoffel

    Craig, Terry and family…
    The words of hope you speak of and refer to the ultimate scripture shows you are content. Not in the medical body issues but in the HOPE.


    … my shooter prayers will continue


  9. Psalm 25:4 “Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow.”
    Psalm 18:1 “I love you, Lord; you are my strength.”
    Joshua 1:9 “Be strong and courageous, do not be terrified. The Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
    1 Peter 5:10 “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, Will himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast…”
    Ephesians 3:20 “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to the power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
    Our God is an awesome God, He reigns in heaven above. With wisdom, power, and love, our God is an awesome God!
    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…
    Praying through Scripture for you, Craig. Thanks for the update. You have been on my heart lately and when the Lord prompts like that, I know there is much to pray for…not that I am not continually praying for you but prompts mean “warfare” prayer!!!!
    Loving you through Jesus, Craig!!!
    Ken and Marcia


    1. Ken and Marcia-thank you for these wonderful scripture and for praying me through them. That means a great deal. My life (our lives) is in the hand of Jesus. I know he has great plans for me–to prosper in all ways. Truly appreciate your willingness to go to battle, to warfare against the arrows of the evil one. We bind him in the powerful name of Jesus! Amen.
      Blessings and love in Christ.


  10. JoAnne and John Southworth

    Your strong faith is amazing. We will continue to pray for you as you research your next plan of action. What ever you choose to do, God will be at your side, as well as your family and friends.



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