God bless you.
Within the next two weeks, I will have either a heart pump or a repaired back or both.
Thank you for your continued prayers.
When I first discovered 15 months ago that I had end-stage congestive heart
failure, a brain tumor and prostate cancer, I prayed for God to heal me instantly and
completely of all three.
Many of you Christian sisters and brothers joined me by prayerfully touching and
agreeing with me and the desires of my heart.
God blessed me first with the brain tumor being declared benign.
God blessed me again to put my prostate cancer in remission with the aid of
brachetherapy or the implantation of radiation seeds by Dr. Brian Moran of the Chicago
Prostate Cancer Center.
God also blessed me to retard the deterioration of my heart through additional
medications prescribed by Dr. Allen Anderson of the University of Chicago Medical
Center, where Dr. Valluvan Jeevanandam has been the chief cardiac surgeons for years
It was Dr. Jeevanandam who performed a triple bypass on me Feb. 14, 2001.
When I was hospitalized 15 months ago, Dr. Jeevanandam suggested that I have
a Left-Ventricle Assist Device implanted as soon as possible because my mitral valve
and left ventricle were irreparably damaged and that my heart was not pumping blood
sufficiently and was getting progressively weaker.
I chose to keep praying and waiting for a cataclysmic healing of my heart, which
needed a heart transplant. My wife, daughters, sisters and brothers and close friends
asked to get the pump because it is said to be my best medical option to extending my
life until I can get a new heart.
After my first 10 days of vacation, where I have done mostly nothing but rest, the
signs now are clearer than ever that my failing heart needs help before my bad back.
I am already scheduled to undergo a back operation, specifically a lumbar laminectomy,
to be performed by Dr. Frederick Brown, neuro-surgeon at the University of Chicago
Medical Center, on Aug. 10.
For some seven months, severe stenosis issues in my lower back has kept me from
standing or walking for longer than a few minutes. Since Dr. Anderson has assured me
the back problem was not related to poor blood circulation, I decided to undergo the
back surgery first.
But painful aches, stiffness and occasional swelling in my fingers, feet, joints and
quick fatigue suggest to me that I might be better served having the heart surgery
first. That's why I am firing off an e-mail tp my doctors today asking their advice.
I will keep you posted as my fight continues.
God bless you.