David Burge Updates

David Burge updates his journey with leukemia


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Thank you for all your kind comments, gifts and greetings. Thank you for all your prayers for us.

Dave went into hospital on Wednesday and they put a Groshong line into his chest. He has some nausea, vomiting etc. with this chemotherapy drug but he is able to eat a little. He slept well on Wednesday and Thursday, but since then the days seem long and last night he started running a fever. He is now on IV fluids and antibiotics as well as the chemo. He said this morning that he felt less nauseous today and was able to eat a little more breakfast. His legs are troubling him and he did not get much sleep.

Last night I read some of Suffering and the Sovereignty of God. I found the last chapter Chapter 9—Hope . . . The Best of Things by Joni Eareckson Tada particular helpful. Ages ago on this blog I said I would write about hope and I haven’t got around to it, but I think that Joni’s chapter does a great job, it starts on page 191.


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April 3, 2010 at 9:25 am

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  1. Usually they put in something like a Groshong line as an alternative to putting chemo through the arms, so hopefully Dave isn’t feeling so ‘holy’ this time (awful pun I know), and hopefully it’s more comfortable than an IV line in the arm: they are a jolly nuisance at best and only last a few days at most. There is a risk of infection with a central line, so that’s something to pray about.

    My effort isn’t a patch on Joni’s, but recently I wrote about hope, largely based on things I’d learnt from Dave – perhaps this will interest folk.


    Joni Eareckson Tada learnt about hope as a result of suffering (she’s a quadriplegic), and has written a very good book on suffering called A Step Further.

  2. We are following you David & Tarnya & family each day. From what you write it’s obvious you are trusting completely in Him. All very encouraging to us. We shall continue to remember you all in prayer. You probably know the saying “He hears our every prayer & answers all but in His love makes times & ways His own”

    Much love from us
    Brian & Vicky

    Brian & Vicky

    April 3, 2010 at 11:28 am

  3. In February Dave preached on hope and suffering – I’ve made that sermon available in MP3 format.

    Dave also gave a sermon titled “Ten Spiritual Resolutions For A New Year’, where he touched on hope and how it relates to his leukemia. That’s available as a MP3 and you can watch a video.

    Finally, there’s another of Dave’s sermons and one by Jeff Vann available for you (Jeff & Penny Vann have come to work at our church due to Dave’s illness).


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