Several of my friends and family members are at various stages of cancer treatment. This is for them and all who are fighting this disease. Options for adapting this prayer to an individual circumstance are shown in [brackets]. To listen along, click on the triangle in the bar below. The text follows.
For Cancer Treatment
Today is the day,
G-d of old,
That I [begin to receive][begin another cycle of]
Treatment for my cancer,
This malaise that has invaded my body.
Grant healing power to the [surgery][radiation][and][chemotherapy]
To which I surrender myself with [courage][fear][hope][strength][and] [_______ (add words that best describe your feelings)].
Reduce the side effects
And eliminate any complications from this procedure.
Grant me a full and complete recovery from this disease.
Grant me the clarity to make sound choices for my treatment and my life.
Grant my family comfort and relief.
Ease their burdens and ease their minds.
Grant my physicians insight and perseverance.
Grant my caregivers knowledge and skill.
Grant scientists and researchers tools and understanding to develop new treatments for this cancer, speedily, in our day.
G-d of compassion,
Grant me a path to healing.
See me through this day and the days ahead with dignity.
Strengthen my resolve to live fully and to love deeply.
Blessed are You,
G-d of health and healing.
© 2011 Alden Solovy and tobendlight.com. All rights reserved.
Postscript: Other healing prayers include: “For Surgery,” “Upon Recovery from Surgery,” “For a Critically-Ill Child,” “For a Critically-Ill Mother,” “For a Critically Ill Father” and “For Healing the Spirit.” Thanks to the friends and family who assisted with this prayer. Most asked not to be named. You know who you are. I appreciate your wisdom.
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