David Burge Updates

David Burge updates his journey with leukemia

Green Bananas

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My Granddad (Mum’s Dad) died shortly after his ninetieth birthday. He had a good sense of humour right up until the last. I remember him telling me how two of his friends had tried to get him involved in a speculative real estate deal that was supposed to turn a huge profit in two years. Granddad (in his eighties) said, “Two years! You’re kidding. At my age I don’t even buy green bananas.

I had another meeting with my medical consultant today and the news is not good.  The results of my last bone marrow biopsy were so bad that it is clear that a transplant is not an option (nor would it have made any difference to have gone ahead with the transplant as planned previously).  From the doctor’s point of view, there is still some chemo they can give me to keep me going a little longer, but without a miracle it is unlikely that I will make it beyond six months.

This may not be the best forum for delivering such news but (ever the optimist) I like to think that I have so many friends, so many people that have made life so good for me, that I don’t have time to ring you all 🙂

I can truly say that I am trusting God in all this. God willing, I may yet surprise my doctors.


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May 13, 2010 at 6:59 pm

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  1. I’m so sorry to hear this. Will be praying for both of you and the children.



    May 13, 2010 at 7:18 pm

  2. you are probably aware of some of us that lurk here reading but not saying much, praying but not commenting much… if you counted us all I think you would have enough to substantiate your second to last paragraph :O)

    Praying as always for you Dave and Tarnya and all your lovelies…… Peace!!!!!!, no matter what!!! 2 Thess 3:15

    the Fueys


    May 13, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    • oops! 2 Thes 3:16 …. kinda makes more sense :O)


      May 13, 2010 at 10:13 pm

      • I was wondering who you were saying I should give a telling off to 🙂 (2Thes. 3:15). One verse on seems to better fit our situation.


        May 13, 2010 at 11:51 pm

  3. I am so sorry to hear this news. I will be praying for you all.


    May 13, 2010 at 7:23 pm

  4. Dear Pastor David,

    I don’t know what to say. I will continue to pray for you and your family.

    In God we trust.


    David Ting

    May 13, 2010 at 7:48 pm

  5. This is not what we wanted to hear for our Son in Law, and we are devastated,but as Tarnya’s family, we will be there to support them all,and we gain some comfort from the fact that the Lord works in mysterious ways,and we live in hope. XXXXXXXXXX

    Grandi & Gramps

    May 13, 2010 at 8:06 pm

  6. We used to sing a song back in SA that goes as follows,

    Whose report will you believe?
    I will believe the report of the Lord!(repeat)
    His report says, I am saved
    His report says, I am healed
    His report says, I am free
    I will believe the report of the Lord!

    So we will continue to maintain a positive attitude with you, and pray for the two of you and the children


    Sam Holliday

    May 13, 2010 at 9:00 pm

  7. At such a time as this we are amazed at your sense of humour David…you haven’t changed a bit.
    We continue in prayer for you & nothing is impossible with an Almighty God. He still hears prayer & answers them too but not always in the way we might ask or think. But this doesn’t stop us from continuing & you have wonderful perseverance so needed in the Christian life.
    Our special love to Tarnya, your good self & the whole family.
    Brian & Vicky

    Brian & Vicky

    May 13, 2010 at 9:19 pm

  8. Hey you guys, this isn’t what we were wanting to read. But we do know we all live by the grace of an Almighty God and it is only He who knows what the future holds for each of us. David, you just continue to challenge and encourage us all in our Christian walk – thank you. We do pray for you all daily, be assured of that. Keep trusting, we’ll keep praying and let’s prove the doctors wrong (I’m sure they wouldn’t mind 🙂

    Love, Herbert and Jane

    Herbert & Jane

    May 13, 2010 at 9:21 pm

  9. And Amen to your faith David! May you indeed surprise the Doctors and may the greatest Doctor in the world be glorifed! I am lifting you up before the throne of grace David. Our Lord is indeed able! But may we also allow Him to be God!However I am asking for healing and help. My love to you all,David and Tarnya and especially Rachel (You have very special parents my dear!)With love, Shelley. Mark 9 v 23&24

    Shelley Skelton

    May 13, 2010 at 11:54 pm

  10. Our love and prayers are with you as always, not what we wanted to hear from the doctors but we will continue to pray that your love and faith will shine through any situation and God will be glorified in your life. we will pray for your healing. I hate green bananas!


    May 14, 2010 at 9:11 am

  11. The Opera Aint Over…
    …she’s only warming up

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    May 14, 2010 at 4:19 pm

  12. Sorry to hear the news. Sheryl and I will continue to pray for you all.

    God bless you.


    Andrew Thomson

    May 14, 2010 at 8:24 pm

  13. But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. Acts 20.24


    May 15, 2010 at 3:09 am

  14. We are saddened to hear that your condition has deteriorated and that the outlook is bleak, however isn’t it wonderful that as Christians we have HOPE in our precious Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Imagine facing such a trial without Him! David, there must be great comfort in the fact that you have chosen the right path. You have served the Lord faithfully and have encouraged so many with your pastoring, teaching and proclaiming the Word of Truth. May you know His presence and peace as you walk through this dark valley.
    Psalm 91:1-2 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ” He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust”
    Great to see that your humour and quick wit are still with you!
    Our love and prayers for you and your family at this time.

    Steve & Rosalie Griffiths

    May 15, 2010 at 10:29 am

  15. Hi David,Tarnya and family. Will continue to pray for God’s ongoing revelation of His glory and power in your lives. Ex.14:13&14 (vs 14 is great in the amplified version) & Ps 130:7 is awesome in the Living Bible. Abundant blessings.

    Kathryn Boyd

    May 16, 2010 at 2:58 pm

  16. David and Tarnya – I’m so sorry to hear this gloomy forecast. What a sobering reminder that this world is not the way that it should be – and that there’s a way that it should be. One day. I just wish we didn’t have to endure this heartbreaking stuff until then. Your family is in our prayers down here.


    May 19, 2010 at 2:28 pm

  17. […] 6 comments As Dave explained in the previous post the results of the bone marrow biopsy were not good. They had gone from 8% blasts (cancer cells) […]

  18. […] party came a few days after Dave’s post titled Green Bananas and the opportunity for a gag gift was too good to resist, so I gave him a bunch of green bananas […]

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