Farmer’s cancer, pain gone after group prayer

Farm Forum

IPSWICH – A bottle full of Tramadol – a pain reliever – has Delbert Haselhorst’s name on the label.

He has never taken a single one of the pills for his pain associated with cancer. He said he doesn’t need to. His pain is gone.

Haselhorst credits his faith with helping him beat cancer.

It was after a bone marrow test in 2012 that Haselhorst, who has a farm south of Ipswich, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of plasma cells.

While transfusions helped elevate his hemoglobin to healthy numbers, Haselhorst suffered from pain throughout his body that made it difficult to sleep. Sometimes, he wanted to die. Pain pills and a medication called Revlimid didn’t help sufficiently.

On Jan. 10, he asked his doctor for more relief from his pain and was given a prescription for Tramadol. She told him not to take any until he got home that night, because it would make him sleepy.

That evening, Haselhorst, a member of Freedom Church in Aberdeen, went to one of the church’s monthly healing meetings, which are held in the Citizens Building.

“They prayed over me, quite a few of them, for probably about half an hour,” said Haselhorst, 79.

It wasn’t until Haselhorst was halfway home that he realized his pain was gone. That discovery made him so happy he called his daughter-in-law, also a member of Freedom Church, with the good news.

In March, on a visit to Sanford Cancer Center in Sioux Falls, his hemoglobin “had shot up to 12.8,” which was good news. Hemoglobin is the protein in one’s red blood cells that carries oxygen. When Haselhorst’s cancer was diagnosed in the spring of 2012, his hemoglobin was down to 6. It’s supposed to be between 12 and 13, he said.

A nurse asked him where Haselhorst’s pain was that day, and he said he didn’t have any. He still doesn’t have any pain.

“I actually believe that when the Lord took away the pain, he took away the cancer,” he said.

Haselhorst reports that his