From left, Charlie, Sheri, Andy and Steve Warren
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A Royse City resident and Rockwall Keller Williams realtor who was just diagnosed last Friday with inoperable, Stage IV cancer has started his own blog to share his “journey through cancer” in hopes that it may be of benefit to God and to others.
Steve Warren, 41, started the blog “Steve Warren” with his wife, Sheri, July 19, the day after receiving the tragic news from Dr. Rodriguez, an oncologist on staff at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, who is also a member of his church, Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall.
According to their first entry, Warren checked in early last week to Parkland Hospital’s emergency room with severe stomach pains, after having lost 40 pounds during the last four months. After an initial diagnosis of acid reflux disease, he was transferred to Baylor for further tests, where a CT scan revealed that a malignancy on his lower esophagus had spread throughout many parts of his body.
After learning that chemotherapy would only extend his life by a few months, the father of two sons, Charlie, 17, and Andy, 12, decided to go home and seek alternative treatments. He arrived home July 21.
In his blog, which can be found at http://steverwarren.blogspot.com, Warren is quoted by his wife as saying right after receiving the diagnosis, “Wow, being that it’s incurable, God’s going to get all the more glory through this.”
His wife also recorded in their blog the contents of a letter he had written to be read at a prayer meeting July 19, which are as follows:
The strongest desire that Sheri and I have had for quite a while, is for not only our lives, but the lives of the entire Church be totally God-centered. We know that a life that is totally centered on God is one that will be used to bring Him glory, and there is no greater purpose in life than to bring God glory.
We have been given this opportunity to help us calibrate our lives. And from the outpouring of love and generosity from our brothers and sisters in Christ, it appears that He is not just limiting this growth to us. We have a tremendous desire for every member of the Body to have a totally God-centered life and a vision of what great things God can do with a church that is full of God-centered people.
We are humbled that you are gathering to pray for us, just as we have been humbled with all the love, prayers and financial help we’ve received. Jesus said that “They will know you are My disciples if you love one another.” The Body of Christ is Alive and Well, and pouring that God-given love on us. Give Him all the glory for that.
Rest assured that our faith is strong, by His grace. And we know that God’s mighty hand is carrying us along this journey. Please pray that we will remain faithful throughout this trial. We have a battle ahead. The Word is sustaining us.
“Thank you” is inadequate. Forgive us for not replying to all the emails and messages, but we are reading them all, and are encouraged by them. We will be joining you in prayer and worship from where we are. May His perfect will be done.
God bless you, Steve, and your entire family during this terribly difficult time and the journey ahead!