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Rod Dreher

Three words: Tumor. Got. Smaller.

My sister Ruthie went to see her oncologist today for results from last Friday’s CT scan. As you may remember, she was diagnosed in February with advanced lung cancer, despite never having smoked a day in her life. Many of you have been praying for her, and she’s so encouraged by those prayers. When I was down there recently, Ruthie asked me to print out for her all the posts I’ve put up here on Beliefnet about her situation, and your comments, so she could read them and be comforted. And she has needed a lot of comfort: given the seriousness of this kind of cancer, Dr. Militello has been hitting her with everything he’s got in the way of chemotherapy. She has suffered terribly this year.
Well, I just got this text from her, verbatim:
Tumor got smaller! Fluid in lung almost gone. Dr. Militello was very excited. Your prayers are working. Please keep it up. Love, Ruthie
Tumor got smaller! The only three words I can think of right now that would sound sweeter to me are “I am cured.” But I’m simply beyond grateful all the same, both to God and to you all for your prayers on Ruthie’s behalf. If you like, go to her Facebook page and offer support. Or do so here in the comboxes; I’m going to print this out for her anyway. Up above, a photo Julie took of Ruthie and me last week.
Let me say again to you kind readers: “Your prayers are working. Keep it up.”

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Brett R.

posted June 30, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Yipee!!! Praise the Lord!!!

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Robert C

posted June 30, 2010 at 5:03 pm

A prayer for her and best wishes.

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Hunk Hondo

posted June 30, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Glory to God in the highest! And keep those prayers coming, folks!

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posted June 30, 2010 at 5:21 pm

Congratulations! I am sending up a prayer as I write this.

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posted June 30, 2010 at 5:23 pm

so happy to read this – will keep her in our prayers

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posted June 30, 2010 at 5:24 pm

Tears in my eyes. Wonderful!

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posted June 30, 2010 at 5:32 pm

This is such wonderful news, Rod! My heart overflows with joy for you and your family!

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posted June 30, 2010 at 5:43 pm

Doing a happy dance in my heart! What joy, Rod! I am grinning from ear to ear with you and Julie and Ruthie!

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Cathie B

posted June 30, 2010 at 5:44 pm

Thanks be to God! We will still be praying.

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posted June 30, 2010 at 5:58 pm


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lancelot lamar

posted June 30, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

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posted June 30, 2010 at 6:04 pm

Glad for the opportunity to pray, Rod. Thanks for sharing this encouraging news!

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Luke J

posted June 30, 2010 at 6:30 pm

I’m a nonreligious biomedical researcher, but I just want to give Ruthie and your family my absolute best wishes. This is truly wonderful news and I wish Ruthie continued improvement with each passing day.

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Lord Karth

posted June 30, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Most excellent news ! All my House will continue praying for your Lady Ruth.
Your servant,
Lord Karth

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posted June 30, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Fantastic news! We’ll keep praying though!

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posted June 30, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Great news, Rod! Best wishes to your sister and her family.
captcha: no ecstasy

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posted June 30, 2010 at 6:57 pm

Oh, thank God, that is great — and most importantly, may the good trend continue. I know from dear friends how rough chemo can be, to see a good result after going through all that [characterization I’m thinking of redacted] is wonderful news, indeed. Continuing my prayers for Ruthie and all of you. Beautiful to see the photo of the two of you, now that’s sibling love.
Captcha is indicting good things ahead: spry come

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posted June 30, 2010 at 7:05 pm

This is the only good news I have heard in weeks. The prayers and candles will continue on my part.

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Your Name Annmarie

posted June 30, 2010 at 7:05 pm

Great news! My family has suffered terribly from cancer, especially lung cancer, so it is fantastic to hear Ruthie is doing better. Tumor got smaller is an amazing phrase rarely heard in lung cancer. I will be saying prayers for her. And please tell her-she looks fantastic, too! I can’t believe she’s been through a year of chemo. Good for her!

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posted June 30, 2010 at 7:06 pm

Great news indeed!

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Erin Manning

posted June 30, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Wonderful news! Prayers continue!

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posted June 30, 2010 at 7:17 pm

Praise be to God!

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posted June 30, 2010 at 7:27 pm

Nice to hear some good news. Thanks for sharing!

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posted June 30, 2010 at 7:34 pm

Man you are hirsute …
Glad to hear Wotan is coming through for your sister.

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Charles Cosimano

posted June 30, 2010 at 7:40 pm

The best news I’ve read all day!

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posted June 30, 2010 at 8:26 pm

That’s wonderful news. I hope the next report is that “we can’t find any sign of the tumor.”
Will continue to pray for Ruthie and the family.

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posted June 30, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Praise God! We will continue to keep Ruthie and your family in our nightly prayers, Rod.

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Clare Krishan

posted June 30, 2010 at 8:39 pm

Praying in PA!

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posted June 30, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Wonderful! May the good news keep up!

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posted June 30, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Small(er) is beautiful.

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posted June 30, 2010 at 8:52 pm

Wonderful news, Rod! I’ll continue to hold her in the Light.

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posted June 30, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Bless her. That’s great news. The first time you asked for prayers I got down on my knees and prayed and now I’m gonna go do it again.
m, yay!

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Chuck Bloom

posted June 30, 2010 at 9:16 pm

Bravo! L’chaim! Shalom to all your family (as in peace).
Enjoy the 4th with plenty of fireworks and spirit in your heart.
And listen to some Cajun music that will make your feet wanna dance.

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posted June 30, 2010 at 10:00 pm

That’s good! :)

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Roland de Chanson

posted June 30, 2010 at 10:01 pm

Que le Bon Dieu et Son Fils par l’intercession de la Sainte Vièrge guérissent votre soeur. ??????? ???o????? ?? ????????? ???? ???????????? ????, ??????, ??????, ????. ?? ????? ???? ????? ???? ? ?????? ? ?? ???? ?????.
(May God and His Son through the intercession of the Virgin Mary heal your sister. (Russian) Let us pray for the healing of this beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt. May the will of God be done, now and forever unto the ages of ages.)

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posted June 30, 2010 at 10:07 pm

Beautiful news. More prayers coming. Very best to you all and especially to Ruth.

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posted June 30, 2010 at 10:15 pm

What can I say, Rod, but that I am so happy for all of you! God is merciful.

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Matushka Anna

posted June 30, 2010 at 10:27 pm

Oh, wonderful news! I was thinking about her this evening at vespers when we prayed for her. I’ll let Father know.
Glory to God!

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Mere Catholic

posted June 30, 2010 at 11:15 pm

What wonderful news! Praise be to Jesus Christ now and forever and may He bring Ruthie complete healing. Ruthie, you are being loved and prayed for by more people than you can imagine :)

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posted June 30, 2010 at 11:15 pm

Glory to God! She is in our unworthy prayers.

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Fr. J

posted June 30, 2010 at 11:20 pm

I can’t tell you how glad this news makes me. May God’s healing spirit continue to bless you, Ruthie!

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the stupid Chris

posted June 30, 2010 at 11:35 pm

This is such good news.
It comes on the same day that my brother’s leukemia came back with a vengeance, and prayers for him (Robert) would be appreciated.

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posted June 30, 2010 at 11:43 pm

What a blessing! Not a cure, of course, but I’m thankful that this more than small joy and comfort has been brought to Ruthie and family. Thanks to G-d and may this progress continue!

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posted June 30, 2010 at 11:47 pm

Blessed be the glorious name of our loving Heavenly Father!

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posted July 1, 2010 at 12:03 am

Hey Rod. Great news. Will endeavor to remain vigilant — or at least consistent — in prayer.

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posted July 1, 2010 at 12:08 am

This is wonderful news! Thanks for sharing this, and we will continue to keep your sister in our thoughts.

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posted July 1, 2010 at 4:59 am

Prayer does work! I’ve seen it in my own life! I will pray for Ruthie’s continued spiritual and physical health. She’s also lucky to have a brother like you!

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posted July 1, 2010 at 7:18 am

Praise God! We rejoice with you –

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posted July 1, 2010 at 9:09 am

So happy to hear that. I’ve been wondering about her. Thanks for the update.

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posted July 1, 2010 at 9:40 am

Congratulations! Here’s hoping you can toast to her health in 50 years!

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Mere Catholic

posted July 1, 2010 at 10:11 am

The stupid Chris, I’m so sorry to hear of your brother’s leukemia. Will definitely pray for him.

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posted July 1, 2010 at 10:14 am

Praise God! Rest in the knowledge that prayers continue for her total healing!

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posted July 1, 2010 at 10:17 am

the stupid chris …. we will be praying for your brother as well.

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posted July 1, 2010 at 10:18 am

Thank God, and His continued blessings on Ruth and her family and on you and yours, Rod!

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posted July 1, 2010 at 11:31 am

Beautiful, beautiful. Praise God. Be assured of prayers coming from Minnesota.

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Rawlins Gilliland

posted July 1, 2010 at 11:47 am

Tears of joy. Please also pray for my friend Paulette who is going through the exact same thing.
Rod/Ruthie….tears of joy. Love, rawlins

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posted July 1, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Fantastic!! If anyone can beat this, you can. I am a very good friend of Pastor and Lisa Bassett and have you in my prayers every night. Stay strong.

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posted July 1, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Wow! What glorious news!

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posted July 1, 2010 at 6:46 pm

continued prayers for ruthie and for an abiding faith in the power of the lord’s plan for her and her family.

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Appalachian Prof

posted July 1, 2010 at 7:15 pm

Wonderful news. Will pray for Chris’s brother.

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Ms. Kay

posted July 1, 2010 at 7:21 pm

To Stupid Chris, prayers for your brother, to you and family,
“Have I not commanded thee: be strong and courageous? Be not afraid, neither be dismayed? for Jehovah they God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” Joshua 1:9

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posted July 1, 2010 at 9:19 pm

Chris, that’s awful. May I ask the specific form of your brother’s leukemia I know someone who survived CML due to Gleevec (sp?), a true wonder drug very unlike chemo.
I will add your family to my prayers.

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