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Randy Romero at End of Life
Randy Romero appears to be at the end of his life. A hospice patient for weeks, his pain is now controlled by morphine, and he is unable to tolerate the dialysis that has kept him alive for many years, according to his brother Gerald Romero, a former trainer.
His family, including brother Edward, Gerald and his wife Mona and their 83 year-old mother Joyce are gathered at Randy’ apartment in Lafayette, LA.,
I called and on speaker phone, prayed with the family as had another of his long-time friends, Pat Day. The family is sad and Randy is only 61. For his mother Joyce and all parents, a child drying before us, always seems unfair. Yet, they, Pat and I, know our brother will be in heaven.
Last week on my way to share my story of miracles in 30 Texas Prisons, I stopped and visited with Randy and his brother and live-in caregiver Edward. Though Randy has stomach cancer, he looked better than I expected, was lucid and walking and speaking clearly but very softly. He thanked all who had been praying for him.
“It’s not easy being this sick, but I do the best I can and thank God for every day,” he said. “I am not scared of dying, but I am not giving up and I’m praying for less pain and more time. But I know Jesus and I’ll end up in heaven.”
We sit outside on chairs and he spoke of his memories and love of riding. It was a time I will always treasure. “God gave me a gift of riding races,” he said. “I went through so much and a lot of people told me to give it up because of my injures, but I went on as long as I could because I knew I was still good (at riding) and I loved it so much. There’s not much I would have done differently.”
Randy and many of us prayed for years that he would get the liver and kidney transplant that would save his life. But the cancer made him so weak and vulnerable to infection doctors no longer believed he would survive the 11-hour surgery. But he never lost hope or stopped fighting and underwent dialysis three times weekly for some 15 years. “He’s a fighter and he’s never stopped fighting,” said Gerald.
The family is requesting prayer that Randy will be comfortable and pain free. I prayed that Randy and all there will have supernatural strength and courage during this time. Psalm 139 says in effect that only God knows the number of our days and wrote them in a book. Ecclesiastes 3 says “To everything there is a season. A time for every purpose under Heaven. A time to be born and a time to die.”
I am praying that all who know and love Randy will have the peace that passes all understanding. (Philippians 4:7). As a hospice chaplain I have witnessed scores of persons take their final breath. For those who believe in Christ and heaven, I have seen God’s perfect, peace written on their faces. I believe it will be the same with my friend Randy. But he’s been a special friend for a long time and while praying for the family, I shed tears. I know many who read this will do the same.
Gerald said letters and cards can be mailed to 2700 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, Bld. 1, Apt. 11, Lafayette, LA 70506 and all support is appreciated.
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