From JC Espiritu,
My father, Nestor Espiritu, was recently operated because he had an obstruction in his small intestines that didn’t allow food to pass through to his large intestines. For three weeks he has been experiencing pain and a very bloated stomach yet he didn’t want to go to the hospital because he was worried about the costs. One time, in his pain, he prayed to God that if the Lord would take him home, may He do so now so that he won’t be a burden to his family. Thankfully our family has convinced to see a doctor who recommended that he take an endoscopy to figure out what was wrong. On June 16 we went to the hospital. What was supposed to be just a visit to the hospital to get clearance for endoscopy quickly escalated to emergency admission and a major surgery. He was opened up to see what was the cause of the problem and it turns out that a tumor has choked his small intestine causing it to triple in size. They had to remove a section of the intestine as well as the tumor and to reconnect the intestines together. The prognosis wasn’t good. It might be stage 4 cancer.
We’re waiting for the biopsy of the tumor to get conclusive evidence of my dad’s actual condition but this has not diminished our faith nor our resolve. There’s a promise that I’ve been holding from the Lord, that my dad will live a long life to see the fruit of his labor, to see God accomplish His plans and purposes for His famiily. I know in my spirit this has not been fully accomplished yet so I know that my hope is certain. God is not finished with Him yet.
God is faithful. Even as we wait for the results of the biopsy, the initial problem has been dealt with and dad has been recovering well from the surgery. After a week at the hospital, we cannot wait to get back home, we face an uncertainty thought because we may or may not have to face another battle based on the findings of the biopsy. We’ve been living one day at a time. Just as in the serenity prayer, we’ve been asking God for peace to accept the things we cannot change, courage to change the things we can, and wisdom to know the difference.
PLEASE HELP US GET OUR FATHER BACK HOME.
There are two ways you can help us.
Pray and Give.
If you want to help us in prayer we would encourage you to pray that dad would be released from the hospital in greater health and in the company of his family. That his abdomen and his intestinal walls will strengthen and be stronger than it was before surgery happened. That this marks the start of a "GREATER" quality of life that my dad has ever experienced in his lifetime. That he would actually enter into a healthier lifestyle than what he is used to and there will be greater stewardship over the body that God has gifted Him with.
If you want to help by giving, you can give to this fundraiser so we can pay back the loan we’re taking to cover his medical bills and also to pay for whatever cost for his treatment for recovery at home. If the biopsy shows that the tumor is malignant, he would first have to heal from his surgical wounds before he takes treatment for cancer. We’re still hoping and praying for the best but preparing for the worst.
In spite of what our family is going through right now we believe that God is good always - in all ways- at all times. We know we can overcome this challenge by His blood and through the word of our testimony. For as long as we live we will testify that God is good and He will always be good.