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Covid-19, Riots, and Cancer, oh My!

Phyllis Sather

Are you all still sheltering in place? Let me know in the comments or by email. I would love to be able to pray for you now that I have more time since I need to rest often.

Written earlier, but not finished:

All the prep work is done and I’m physically prepared to start radiation on Monday the 18th. I will go in at 7:15 AM and 1:15 PM each day next week for radiation.

We will need lots of grace and prayer to get through this. I have no reference point for radiation. I’ve known no one who has had it. So I feel like I’m stepping off into the great unknown.

Reminds me of Psalm 124: 1 & 4 that says, If it had not been the LORD who was on our side Then the waters had overwhelmed us, the stream had gone over our soul.

New Information on cancer

I made it through the above treatment, but it was grueling. The recovery has been slow and steady.

I’m so grateful that I didn’t try to talk to my oncologist and husband out of this rather different treatment. My options were: 10 radiation treatments in 5 days, or 1 treatment every weekday for 4-6 weeks.

I couldn’t imagine 10 in 5 days, but I’m glad it’s over and healing has begun.

Please continue to pray for me as I start the medication I have to take for the next five years. The side effects include fatigue, hot flashes, and weight gain, and a lot more. I really don’t need any of them so pray that this medication will do just what it’s supposed to do, but without these side effects.

Thank you all in advance.


I live in MN about an hour from the riots. They’ve had sizeable crowds out here too this weekend but it has been no rioting, for which we are thankful. Both of our Targets are closed until tomorrow.

They are slowly opening up nonessential businesses. It sounds like we may have a church service in the parking lot in two weeks.


Because I’m high risk for Covid-19, I will continue to shelter in place for a while longer. I’m not sure what that looks like, but I don’t want to recover from cancer and die from a virus.

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