Patient & Caregiver Resources
Hope is God’s plan for each and every one. It is the foundation that we stand on, and it is what gives us the strength to fight. We want to come alongside you in battle against cancer and provide you with resources that will encourage you and your loved ones. God has good plans for you; do not let this season of challenge stop you from experiencing His goodness.
Below you will find sermons, devotionals and a number to call for prayer support. We want to exhort you to stand strong and let these resources fill your heart with hope.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
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Against All HopeRev. Dr. Michael S. Barry, Director of Pastoral Care, CTCA/Eastern Regional Medical Center
Have you ever wondered why some patients refuse to just die peacefully because, it is thought by some, the patient isn't going to get any better.
Are you puddle-jumping to conclusions?Lyn Thompson, Pastoral Care, CTCA/SRMC
We all do it. Yep, sometimes we think too much ... presume to know too much.We hear something and immediately, we’re jumping to conclusions. Our arrogance leads us there.
Are You Living a Learner's Life?Lyn Thompson, Pastoral Care, CTCA/Southwestern Regional Medical Center
In the movie The Natural, there's a poignant line where Glenn Close tells Robert Redford she believes we have two lives -- the life we learn with and the one we live after that.
Are You Facing a Tsunami?Lyn Thompson, Pastoral Care, CTCA/Southwestern Regional Medical Center
A diagnosis of cancer often acts as a major earthquake in a person's life, causing a host of emotions -- most notably fear -- to rise up and come crashing in, much like the tsunami did on Southeast Asia in December 2004.
Arms of StrengthFormer Chaplain Tina Wilson, CTCA/Southwestern Regional Medical Center
There's nothing worse than to have a desire to do something and then be physically unable to perform. This incites frustration to the point where people adopt strategies to acquire more energy, be it through a healthier diet, rigorous exercise, vitamin supplements or energy drinks.
Accomplishing the Job or Making Matters Worse? Depends on How You CopeLyn Thompson, Pastoral Care, CTCA/SRMC
But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
A Forever FriendLyn Thompson, Pastoral Care, CTCA/Southwestern Regional Medical Center
Sibling rivalry has been the subject of numerous books. My four daughters, each about two years apart in age, were living proof of its existence in my life.
A Prayer for YouLyn Thompson, Pastoral Care, CTCA/Southwestern Regional Medical Center
When you ask people to pray for you, do you ever think about what it is you’d like them to pray? Do you pray those things for yourself as well? What we pray for, what we ask for, really reveals what’s in our hearts.
Always RememberChaplain Tina Wilson, CTCA/SRMC
As the human race, we commemorate many things from birthdays to anniversaries to less happy events like the beginning of wars. We remember certain leaders by building monuments in their honor.
Be a Winner, Not a WhinerChaplain Ron Suarez, MDiv, CTCA/Southwestern Regional Medical Center
Probably one of the significant truths about complaining is that it's something you don't have to teach. Having an 8-year-old daughter has made me quite aware of the fact that children complain as soon as they are able to express themselves.
A Perfect Waste of a Perfectly Good MoodFrank Micle
As I write this, I’m finishing the last leg of my flight from CTCA in Tulsa to my home near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The news in Tulsa was good, I get two more months without the absolutely harsh effects of infused chemotherapy that I’ve endured since my diagnosis for lung cancer over three years ago.
A Safe RefugeChaplain Ron Suarez, MDiv, CTCA/Southwestern Regional Medical Center
A Mighty FortressChaplain Deb Fennama, MDiv, CTCA/Midwestern Regional Medical Center
What comes to your mind when you think of a refuge? Maybe you think of a European castle. Maybe you think of a wartime stronghold. Do you ever feel like you just want to get away from all this cancer stuff for a while? There may be times when you feel the need for the reassurance of a refuge, a place to go to get away from it all, a place where you're protected and strengthened.
A Lesson from a Suffering SaintChaplain Suzanne Leahy, MAR, CTCA/Western Regional Medical Center
Job is a book commonly thought of as a go to guide for situations of suffering. Most everyone knows Job's story. Most everyone trembles at the thought of such circumstances coming into their own life.
Be Careful What You Wish ForLyn Thompson, Pastoral Care, CTCA/SRMC
If we could, most of us would choose to avoid pain, never face disease, avert loss, crisis, difficulties or problems. We’re sure that would go a long way toward making our lives “perfect.
Be Still and KnowChaplain Deb Fennema, MDiv, CTCA/Midwestern Regional Medical Center
Does it ever seem to you that things are out of control? You may feel overwhelmed by information, decisions, your family's expectations, tests and test results.
A Cup of WaterFormer Chaplain Linda Miller, MDiv, MA, CTCA/Southwestern Regional Medical Center
Each one of us can remember a time when we were sick, I mean really sick. The kind of sick where you can't get out of bed, or if you do, you have to literally drag yourself to the kitchen for a drink of water or drag yourself to the bathroom to relieve yourself.
Be a Real FriendRev. Dr. Michael S. Barry, Director of Pastoral Care, CTCA/Eastern Regional Medical Center
If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! -- Ecclesiastes 4:10 It really is true that you find out who your friends are when you need them the most.
Are You Looking for Wisdom?Former Chaplain Linda Miller, MDiv, CTCA/Southwestern Regional Medical Center
In all of life, whether we know it or not, we’re looking for wisdom. Years ago when my four children were young, I remember looking for wisdom.
Angry with God?Jan Dravecky, Christian author, inspirational speaker
Are you angry with God? Oh, I have been angry with God, and what is amazing to me is that I may have stuffed my anger with others but I did not stuff my anger at God.
Breaking the Chains of Worry: Pray About EverythingDave and Jan Dravecky, Christian authors and motivationsl speakers
Something will wake me up in the middle of my sleep -- usually it is a hot flash, bathroom stop or Dave tossing and turning. And right when I am ready to snuggle in and go back to sleep -- bam -- that is when they hit me and overtake any hope for sleep -- worries -- my terrors of the night! And to make matters worse, my worries always seem bigger -- more magnified -- more terrifying in the middle of the night.
Blessings and CursingsLyn Thompson, Pastoral Care, CTCA/SRMC
As children, when hurt by mean words, we’re taught to say, “Sticks and stones can hurt my bones, but words can never harm me.”It’s a nice sentiment, but, unfortunately, not true.
And Moses My Servant is DeadLyn Thompson, Pastoral Care, CTCA/Southwestern Regional Medical Center
When the actor Charlton Heston died, moviegoers lost a truly iconic actor, one who played heroic, larger-than-life roles. These included Moses in The Ten Commandments, Roderigo Díaz de Vivar in El Cid, and Judah Ben-Hur in Ben-Hur.
Are You Offended by God?Lyn Thompson, Pastoral Care, CTCA/Southwestern Regional Medical Center
And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me. Matt. 11:6Have you ever taken offense at the action or inaction of someone you love? Maybe you asked for something, and the person you were sure of turned you down.
Breaking the Chains of WorryDave and Jan Dravecky, Christian authors and motivational speakers
Worrying is non-productive, burdensome and exhausting. But it is not easy to simply stop worrying and turn off anxiety like a faucet -- OH, wouldn't it be wonderful if we could!!!!! But for those who live with a serious or life-threatening illness, the tendency to worry and become anxious is especially problematic because worry and anxiety rob us of peace, exhaust us and undermine our ability to make good decisions.
A Strange LandFormer Chaplain Tina Wilson, CTCA/Southwestern Regional Medical Center
This psalm was written in the time when the Israelites were being exiled from their land and taken into Babylonia. These soldiers were attempting to strip God's people of their familiar land, familiar life, and familiar praise.
At the Crux of the MatterLyn Thompson, Pastoral Care, CTCA/Southwestern Regional Medical Center
Even though I like to fool myself into thinking I'm really in control of things, every day, within a few moments of waking, I find the stuff of life crowding into the driver's seat, grabbing the steering wheel, putting the pedal to the metal, and taking off, often times with me hanging on for dear life.
Be Soft and PliableLyn Thompson, Pastoral Care, CTCA/Southwestern Regional Medical Center
I read this verse along with several others one Monday morning in the chapel as we prepared for prayer time for patients, family members, staff and administration.
Decisions, DecisionsLinda Miller, former chaplain, CTCA/Southwestern Regional Medical Center
How many times have I given these verses to someone grappling with a decision? I'd say at least a hundred times. The words from this Bible proverb are as familiar to me as my home address.
Connecting the Emotional DotsRev. Michael Barry, Director of Pastoral Care, CTCA/ERMC
Matt. 13:15-16: For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise, they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.
Choosing to FightRev. Dr. Michael S. Barry, Director of Pastoral Care, CTCA/Eastern Regional Medical Center
Dear friend: I have arthritis in my right knee. It's probably due to high school athletics and a number of years running in 10K races and a few marathons.
Days in the Cave Part 1Lyn Thompson, Pastoral Care, CTCA/Southwestern Regional Medical Center
Caves, by nature, are dark, dank, lonely places. They're often regarded as homes for smelly, evil things, as harborers of hidden terror or places of defeat and death.
Care for the CaregiverChaplain Lisa Heyd, MDiv, CTCA/Southwestern Regional Medical Center
As caregivers, we know how important it is to love the person we're caring for. Sometimes it comes naturally, especially when you're caring for a family member or close friend.
Dem BonesChaplain Ron Suarez, MDiv, CTCA/Southwestern Regional Medical Center
The older I get, the smarter my dad becomes. It's pretty funny how we often discount our parent's wisdom while we're growing up, but then come to appreciate it later in life.
Bringing Down the WallsChaplain Ron Suarez, MDiv, CTCA/Southwestern Regional Medical Center
The other day a woman, who was admittedly non-religious, told me the world seems to have gotten particularly crazy the last year or two. I think she is right.
Broken-hearted? There's a CureRev. Dr. Michael S. Barry, Director of Pastoral Care, CTCA/Eastern Regional Medical Center
As a chaplain at a cancer hospital, I am often lured into trying to learn everything I can about cancer; its causes, remedies, types and stages.
Discipleship Means RelationshipChaplain Horace Wellons, MDiv, CTCA/Southwestern Regional Medical Center
The most common Hebrew term translated “to teach” is the verb lamad. In nearly fifty passages, it’s rendered “teach,” while in other contexts, it’s often translated “learn.
But He's My SonCarol Round, Breast Cancer Survivor, CTCA/Southwestern Regional Medical Center
When the phone rang, I wasn't prepared for bad news. My oldest son had been seriously hurt in an accident. Life Flight was transporting him to an emergency room.
Days in the Cave Part 2Lyn Thompson, Pastoral Care, CTCA/SRMC
While circumstances, loss and/or pain can often drive us into a mental or emotional cave in our confusion, shame or despair, caves are also places where we can discover some of God’s gemstones of truth for living an abundant life.
Constructive ConvalescingConnie Stevens, Christian author
Experiencing hurtful circumstances is like going through surgery. There is pain, fear, and a tense time of waiting, but there is also reassurance from the surgeon, comfort from the nurses, and get-well wishes from friends.
Days in the Cave Part 3Lyn Thompson, Pastoral Care, CTCA/SRMC
Days in the cave can be scary, doubtful and depressing, especially if God doesn't let you see when they’ll end. But they serve a variety of purposes in God's plan, not the least of which is to break you, empty you of self once again and put your focus and dependency back on Him.
Dancing with My DaddyConnie Stevens, Christian author
Sing to the Lord, for He has done excellent things ... Isaiah 12:5 NKJVWhen I was a little girl, my favorite activity right before bedtime was dancing with my daddy.
Dealing with Your Own AngerJan Dravecky, Christian author, inspirational speaker
While Dave outwardly expressed his anger, I stuffed mine, and I never dealt with it. Neither action (his or mine) is God's way of dealing with anger.
Breaking the Chains of Worry: Tell God What You NeedJan Dravecky, Christian author and motivational speaker
We are told over and over again in the Scripture to tell God what we need. I had faithfully followed this command by presenting my requests to God daily.
Cancer of the SoulLyn Thompson, Pastoral Care, CTCA/SRMC
As I read the paper, watch the news or listen to people discuss the traumatic events that take place thousands of times a day all over this world, I often find myself without words to express the horror I feel at the things we as human beings appear capable of doing.
Crucify Him!! ... (Yikes! Did that come from me??)Frank Micle
My friend Scott and I have been studying a video/Bible study series presented by Ray Vander Laan for several months. It’s a very enriching experience, because Mr.
Breaking the Chains of Worry: The Ebb and Flow of PeaceJan Dravecky, Christian author and motivational speaker
The story of Jesus walking on the stormy waters of the Sea of Galilee and calling Peter toward Him is one of Jesus' best-known miracles. It is a powerful image that is easy to describe and remember.
Disarming FearAmber Hermes, Former Chaplain, MDiv, BCC, Pastoral Care, CTCA/Southwestern Regional Medical Center
for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.