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Prayers That Help With Chemo

The following blessing comes from a new selection of prayers for women with cancer. They were written by Diann L. Neu, co-founder and co-director of the Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual, and author of several collections of feminist liturgy.

Blessing For When the Chemotherapy Drug Flows

Blessed are You, Compassionate One,
For giving me these droplets of _____
(name of chemotherapy drug),
Like refreshing dew and healing rain,
may they save my life.


I don’t know, maybe that sounds like something someone who has never had cancer might write. But prayers like these are templates helpful in getting the mind to formulate its own prayers for healing. You can shape your own renditions. So pass this along to someone you feel it might help.

Here’s a prayer Neu recommends for the beginning and ending of each day of cancer treatment. It’s quite similar to Buddhist mindfulness prayers and would be helpful to anyone at any time. Just repeat these words morning and evening:

May all be loved.
May all be healed.
May all be sheltered.
May all be free from fear.

My I be loved.
May I be healed.
May I be sheltered.
May I be free from fear.

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Laurie Sue

posted February 21, 2007 at 1:29 pm

Prayers for chemo are GREAT! It is so important to remember we can bless all of the experiences associated with illness and turn it into a conscius journey toward healing. My husband is an interfaith minister and Reiki Master and he has a lot of experience working with cancer patients. He has special blessings for the chemo bag and for the all aspects of cancer recovery. He is working with a woman with breast cancer right now. Four days ago she had chemo. Last night he took her to a hospital to see the man in her life (per her request), who is also ill, and my husband empowered her to offer healing to her husband, with her own hands. It was such a healing for her to feel the power of not just healing herself but being strong enough to reach out to another.

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Jacqueline Robinson

posted February 24, 2007 at 9:13 am

What a blessing it is to heal and be healed. I think that the prayers whether one has had cancer or not are prayers of hope. The word of God says I am He that healeth thee and as you are infused with chemo your whole mind has to be absorbed with the hope of glory. Believing that you are healed as your whole body is being infused with the medicine. I envisioned the holy spirit flowing through my body and held on to Him knowing that He was there with me. Then the most awesome is to reach out and touch someone else’s life while you are yet holding on to yours. What a blessing. We thank God that we are blessed even in sickness and diseases to be a blessing. Only through Christ Jesus can this be done.

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posted February 24, 2007 at 6:16 pm

What about our men, they also get Cancer. My husband is fight with his life with Colon Cancer, I know women have it too. But why don’t you ever see something about our men. Pray for them also. May God Bless everyone,

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posted February 24, 2007 at 9:58 pm

I had breast and thyroid cancer and went thru chemo for four months. It was no fun, but between the drugs, my Faith and my God, I am healed in Jesus’name. I am going to make a ton of copies of these prayers and take them to my oncology doctor’s office so that everyone there still taking chemo can be uplifted and healed by powerful words!!! Thanks for the prayers!! LJ

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posted February 25, 2007 at 10:43 pm

It is nice to see prayers for women who have cancer. I have Colon, Liver and Lung cancerand have been fighting it since August 19, 2006. Every week I go for my CHemo and some days are good and some bad. The prayers really help you make it through it. Still fighgting and will be a survivor.

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posted July 20, 2007 at 8:58 am

God is good all the time and all the time God is good!!
I am a two year breast cancer survivor who experienced our Lord’s works while holding his hand through all of my treatments one moment at a time and with little or no side effects (during chemotherapy and radiation therapy) received much mercy and grace. I am thankful all day everyday. I truly believe in the power of prayer; PRAYER WORKS! I will pray for all those in need and especially for Marsha, Laura,Hash,Jacqueline,Laurie. Our Lord says,”For I know the plans I have for you.” He will never abandon us! God Bless you all :~)

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verneta m tolbert

posted November 10, 2007 at 10:58 pm

I am a fifteen year cancer suvivor I also experance Gods love and his healing power, God him self walked me through the valley of the shadows of deaft. GOD keep me. as I walked through that valley of death
God was with me.,through the chemotherapy ,radition,for the four units of bloods that they gave me at the end.I had no side effects. I am thankful that to the lord and jesus christ for his mercy and grace.yes he keep me.I truely belive in the power of prayer .and thank God for the many blessing.I know that God will always carry me through the storm ,wind, and rain.he will never forsake me in the time of need.he is a God that we can count on .I will pray for all the cancer patient
that God will lay his heeling hands on all the sick. God bless us all in the name of Jesus

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