Claustrophobia – when cancer and health problems surround you.
Claustrophobia: When you feel Peril from cancer and health problems, that are creating danger and threatens your life.
When claustrophobia closed in on me, remembering the 23rd Psalm put the smile back on my face and brought me calmness.
The last several weeks, I have been experiencing something that I’ve never had before, claustrophobia. My wife and I took a journey to Cannon Beach, Oregon, in hopes of having some time to clear up our minds, after hearing the news of the possibility of a perineoplastic syndrome (not good news). What was supposed to be four days at the ocean, a place we love, turned out to be only a two day stay. I had this feeling of claustrophobia, and I couldn’t stay there any longer. Tuesday I went in for CT scans where they were searching for another cancer in my body. Now, if you’ve ever had to wait for results from a test, especially after getting bad news to start with, waiting isn’t much fun. I’m normally a very happy person. I’ve tried to look at the bright side of the road most of my life, and was that way when I went in for the CT scan, but all of a sudden, like a hit to the back of the head. I was claustrophobic. I could barely stand to be in their machine. Thankfully the nurse came into check the dye they were putting in my body. I told her my dilemma; she pulled me part of the way out, while she did a few other things. When I went back in, I started reciting in my mind the 23rd Psalm, immediately it put a smile on my face and I was able to get through the rest of the process. What was funny was I was having a hard time remembering all the words but it still had a very good effect on me. …………..I’m 6 1/2 hours away from getting the results.
Before going to bed last night I went down to the refrigerator, where I had an image I created back in 2008, it has Psalm 27 on it. Promptly, I grabbed my Bible and read the whole of Psalm 27, then passed it on to my wife to read. I cannot tell you how much calmness it brought us throughout the whole night and even to this point in time for me.
The Lord is my Light and my salvation who shall I fear? The Lord is the strong hold of my life of whom shall I be afraid? The one thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the Lord and to seek him in his temple.
O’B’s prayer 07/29/08
Has anybody experienced claustrophobia? If you have, Please let me know what has helped you, and now equally is terrifying news of perineoplastic syndrome. It’s easy to start feeling claustrophobic.