Many know Lisa personally and others from a simple yet rewarding online connection. Whatever the case may be, Lisa is sure to make an impact on your life with her simple, wise and unshakeable faith.
A living testament of the Love our Father shows us and extends to all who would come, is evident in the kindness and love so many receive from Lisa!
We are to bear the burdens of our brothers and sisters in Christ. Let us bear the burden Lisa is facing now and extend our love and kindness back to her. You can read part of her journey below.
We that know her (even in part) and love her , ask for your kind contributions no matter how great or small to help her and her family alleviate stress and worry so she can do her part to heal, while our Heavenly Father does His. More than anything we ask you to join with us, agreeing and committing to her healing with your sincere and persistent prayers.
Beautifully written by: Tim Hill- a faithful brother and friend in Christ
Galatians 6:2 “Carry each other’s burdens, in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ”.
My name is Lisa Rae Emerson and I am a 59-year-old mother and grandmother who lives by myself in a small town in northwest Ohio. Around the middle of last year I began suffering from a continuous ear ache and sore throat, which was about the same time my mom went into the hospital. When she passed away in August 2017, my health began to decline more rapidly. It felt like I had something in my throat, on the right side of my voice box. In fact, the right side of my throat didn't seem to work like it should. It always felt as though there was something in there and my throat wasn't opening and closing properly.
The Journey Begins:
I wanted to share my journey through diagnosis and treatment over the past year.
At the time when my mom got sick and went into the hospital, I hadn't thought much about myself and how I was feeling. But then it got so bad I decided I needed to go to my family doctor, who referred me to an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist. The ENT would order a CT scan with contrast dye in order to determine if there were any tumors, their size, shape, and where they were located. In addition, they would be able to determine if the tumor(s) were in my lymph nodes. He said once found, they would determine the next step and it would most likely be surgery, then chemo and/or radiation.
My doctor told me this was an urgent situation and he wanted to begin immediately but he was unable to make the arrangements for a CT scan by the following Monday. He wants to put a Tracheostomy tube in my throat, but I am scared about what will happen to my voice box and I don't really want a Tracheostomy.
I don't know if I should pray that God would dissolve this or that it would be something simple that can be treated without a trach or touching my voice box. I am scared -- I don't want a trach.
I don’t know what kind of cancer I have, I just know it is cancer. After a biopsy, they could not give me a diagnosis in regards to what stage I was in, however my doctor was a cancer doctor and he said it is cancer and wanted me to go to James (hospital) in Columbus. I did not go. For the first time, I am not sure how to pray. I am used to praying for others but not for myself.
December 2017: Fear or Faith
The diagnosis is Stage 3 laryngeal cancer. Tests found two tumors in my throat - one is in a lymph node, and one is right beside my voice box and pressing on it. After lots of investigating and much prayer, I felt lead by the Lord to seek alternative treatments. Under the care of a nutritional therapist, who has helped many other cancer patients, I started using supplements to cleanse and detoxify the body systems and to build my immune system. I totally changed what I put in my body -- organic whole foods, a strictly plant-based diet, with the addition of essiac tea, other medicinal teas, and essential oils.
January 2018: A New Year, A New Approach
I began doing a cleanse as instructed by a nutritional therapist, who has me taking a lot of supplements and parsley juice. Starting off with the cleanse is to get rid of any parasites that I may have. After beginning the cleanse, I had to stop for a time because I was not getting enough organic food, which causes my blood sugar to drop and results in the shakes. I have to eat so I am going to try reaching out to folks at cancer tutor and see if they can help me figure out a program.
February 2018: Frankincense – Gift of the Magi
The nutritional therapist sent me a drink to take every morning and told me to get frankincense essential oil. I am to put a drop on my finger then hold it to the roof of my mouth for ten minutes. After that, the instructions are to place a drop under my tongue – twice a day.
Eating raw vegetables and juices is what I am gathering for food -- no meat, no animal products at all. Period. And I have tons of supplements to take. Now I am finding out about how different essential oils help in different ways.
February 2018: Keeping the Faith
I am a bit overwhelmed with it all -- not sure what to use nor how to go completely plant-based, organic, no sugar, no processed foods. Trying to learn so much new stuff. Not letting my faith waiver in the process. Figuring it all out and then keeping up with life is a challenge. I feel like I am not getting any encouragement for going this way instead of surgery, chemo and radiation
March 2018: Is It Okay to Reach Out for Help?
Things have changed in my condition and I need to add even more to my protocol. Of course, to do so I need to ask for help. Is it still okay if I ask in our Facebook group and those who want to help, can help? Of the essential oils I have been taking, I need to add lemon grass, lemon, pine needle - 10 drops of each 3x a day. In addition, I am to add something called barley max, dim and another product. I need to ask the nutritional therapist where to get these.
March 2018: Gimme a Break
Oh my! The hospital just called and I have a lesion in my brain now and a aneurysm –
I feel so overwhelmed!!
Now it’s the 15th and the cancer hospital called me three times – just today. They want me to go back to Columbus on Monday for two more cat scans. Plus, they sent me emails and I was on phone all day with them! I just want one day that isn’t about this cancer and me dying if I don’t do surgery now.
The carrots and veggies I will get, but I have to buy the carrots in 5 lb bags and 50 lbs at a time. For the cilantro and parsley, I get 14 bunches at a time. Cucumbers, I am getting 124 at a time. I’m not sure why so much, unless it is because of the size of my throat opening, breathing being affected, and trying to make a difference now -- not weeks from now.
I have to trust someone because I know so little and I have to do something that works quickly -- not a year from now. I pray she is as good as I have been told she is by others. And she is a believer, so I am believing.
March 2018: Agreeing to Surgery but Losing My Best Friend
Less than a week has gone by and I have just told my daughter how bad these tumors have gotten. I can no longer lie down and I have to sleep sitting up on my couch -trouble breathing. The cancer doctor called today and I agreed to the surgery. He wants me to do the chemo and radiation, but I have not given an answer on that yet. I will have a trach, but at least I will be able to breathe. And they will be removing tumors so that should help.
I was supposed to see the neurologist today but the snow storm stopped that, so I meet with all the doctors on April 4th and will know what’s what for surgery and brain aneurysm. I will be using all supplements either before surgery or after to try to get my health back.
Thanking everyone for their support! Please keep continued prayers for me. I have a lot to do here before surgery and I have to get rid of my dog because there can’t be any hair in the trach.
Praying about the chemo and radiation treatments - I do not want to do it. I am wondering if, after surgery, I could just do the natural program then – instead of chemo and radiation -- and if it will work. I sent the nutritional therapist a note to ask if I can continue the program after surgery and get rid of any lingering cancer. If so, then I won’t do the treatments.
April 2018: Take This Cup, Lord
Thanking those for the all the help and I saying a special prayer for them.
A Dear friend is ordering dandelion root for me – I can use it for tea. Asking for help in how to use x5-strength CBD oil. Later this week I hope to fill everyone in about several trips to Columbus for more testing to see if I will make it through a six-hour surgery.
Oh Father, please heal me so I don’t even have to do the surgery and this can all be for nothing!
August 24, 2018: Failing the Test
I failed the stress test with the cardiologist and the cancer surgery is now on hold. There is a whole section of my heart that is not getting enough blood. I have to have a heart catheterization to find out why. My heart doctor says I am in line for the procedure, but it is not scheduled until September 10th ( Tracheostomy and biopsy are scheduled for August 30th at James Cancer Hospital, Ohio State University). Seems to me it should be done right away. My cancer doctor called and says he is trying to talk to my heart doctor and that the heart catheterization needs to be done ASAP.
So, I am waiting for a call back from Columbus.....please pray for this situation.
August 27, 2018: Change of Plans
Okay – here’s the update: This morning I received a call from my cancer doctor in Columbus. He spoke to my heart doctor, who told him no eight-plus-hour surgery – PERIOD - I would not survive it.
So, my cancer doctor had to change his plans. As of this morning, I am to have a temporary Tracheostomy put in Friday to protect my airway. I will be in hospital for four days then, at some point, I will do chemo and radiation to fight the cancer.
So please pray for me regarding the surgeries and the treatment - thank you!
August 30, 2018: God’s Got This!
Another update I have to be at James Cancer Hospital at 5:15 a.m. for the 7:15 surgery. They are doing a trach and another biopsy. Please hold me in your prayers.
August 31, 2018: A Good Report
This is Stephanie, Lisa’s daughter, and I just wanted to tell all of her friends and family that she is doing good and that we are just waiting on a permanent room for the next 3-5 days for her. Thank you for all the prayers and keep them coming because she is going to need it more than ever.
September 2 - 4 , 2018: Keep Up the Pressure and the Prayers
From Stephanie- Update on my mom:
She has a low grade fever today (September 2nd). They did chest x-rays and drew blood to find out what infection she has.
Need prayer - blood pressure keeps dropping (September 4th). They are trying to get ice started to get fluids in to bring up pressure, but they have not been able to do so. Every single one has blown, so they are doing one via ultra sound.
September 5, 2018: Thankful To Be Going Home Today
Today I get to go home. I will be so glad. My arms look awful from bad blood draws. I can breathe different than normal breathing but breathing - thank you Father for the gift of air! If the good Lord is willing and I get healed of this cancer they may be able to reverse this thing ( Tracheostomy ). And I want to thank everyone who has been praying every step of the way. And those of you who got desperate calls to pray when I was struggling to get any air in - thank you. You always prayed me through it. That means more then I can ever say.
I also want to thank my Sister-friend Madeline, who brought me to Columbus - God bless her! Madeline stayed here with me the whole time so I would not be alone so far from home. I can honestly say so much has happened spiritually, as well as physically, that neither of us will be the same. I am tired and weak but in time -- in time.
I will never fail to thank God for all he has done!
Lisa’s Story is a compilation of what she has shared with myself, her family and friends via FB, texts & conversations.
Thank you to Carol Huntington for putting Lisa's story together. You are such a blessing in our lives!