Archive for Wednesday, June 5, 2002

The Power of Prayer

June 5, 2002

Skeptics may argue it was medicinal drugs that healed the diseased-riddled body of Kevin Verdict.

Others may argue it was the chemotherapy treatments that helped rid Verdict, 39, of the stage four non-Hodgkin's lymphoma that invaded his body.

But for all the detractors that argue modern medicine is responsible for his recovery, Verdict said there's a much simpler, albeit more divine explanation for his newfound health his belief in God and the power of prayer.

"To me, it's in the heart and in the soul," said Verdict, a Basehor resident and 1982 graduate of Bonner Springs High School.

Last Friday, just five months after he was first diagnosed with the disease, doctors told Verdict they could find no traces of the lymphoma, just leftover scar tissue.

It was a far cry from an earlier diagnosis that said the disease had already invaded a major cavity, organ and his bone marrow and they gave him a slim chance of survival.

At one point, a bone marrow transplant operation was even discussed.

The news of the disease was worse than expected for Verdict and his family.

Verdict said he only went to the doctor because he thought he might have a hernia. Learning he had something more severe was shocking.

When he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's one of the various malignant lymphomas (cancers) that attack the body doctors said he had less than a 10 percent chance to live more than two years. The disease was that bad and that advanced, the family said.

For the husband and father of two boys, including 10-month-old baby, Winston, the news was devastating.

"He said I probably wouldn't see Winston start school," Verdict said.

Instead of crawling away from the disease, Verdict met the problem head on with help from above, he said.

"I tried to stay as positive as possible and I turned to God and prayed a lot," Verdict said.

He turned to his family, his spirituality and his church, Basehor Baptist, 1410 N. 155th Street, for support.

Basehor Baptist Pastor Joe Martin has been with the Verdict family throughout the five-month ordeal, joining the family on doctor and hospital visits.

Members of the Baptist church have also supported the family throughout their medical odyssey by forming a prayer chain.

"I believe we've seen the power of prayer but also the bountiful pleasure of God's grace," Martin said.

"Kevin is just one instance of the miracles we've seen in this church," he said.

Verdict is scheduled to undergo his last round of chemotherapy later this week.

For the past few months, Verdict has undergone the six to seven hour treatments every 21 days.

Although the treatments proved at least somewhat necessary, the family's medical related expenses have grown in recent months.

Kevin is a heavy equipment operator at Miles Excavating in Basehor and is insured through work, however, the expenses have become considerable.

Church members, family and friends have organized a multi-family garage sale, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 7 and 8 at 209 W. Second Street in Bonner Springs, with proceeds being donated to the Verdict family.

The public is encouraged to attend.

Contributions can also be made to the Kevin Scott Verdict Cancer Fund at Commercial State Bank in Bonner Springs.

Martin said donations by Baptist church members would also be made to benefit the family.

But for Verdict, the impending medical expenses are something he'll worry about in the future.

In the present, he's worried about other men in their 30's who haven't gotten a medical examination in recent years.

He said he wants people to know what happened to him and for them to get physicals as soon as possible.

If someone does finds themselves in a similar situation, Verdict said he's available to help them through their difficulties.

"I'm there for support if anyone else in the community has this same disease," he said.

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