Well a happy birthday to me indeed. The doc came in, looked everything over, and OK’d us to go home. They have unhooked all the tubes, wires, probes, monitors, battery cables, drip lines, and gas pumps. Tess is feeling like a bird set free. Yesterday she walked the hall three times, she’s on regular foods, and having spurts of orneriness. I can't thank you all enough for your support and especially your prayers. She will spend the next 4-6 weeks regaining her strength and mobility. So, selfishly I beg for your continued prayers.
The best news just came. During surgery they took a few lymph nodes and sent those along with some breast tissue to the pathologist. They checked for any additional cancer. The report came back that she is cancer free,.
Howdy doody and happy birthday to me!
Through this I’ve learned a couple of things:
1. God is good
2. He loves us
3. He has blessed us with incredible community
4. He allowed us the privilege of being used by him to bring glory to his name
5. God is good
OK I knew those before – I just know them a little deeper now
Tess is doing OK. She had a coughing attack which spiked her pain. They want to get her walking today and relocated into a different room.
Thank you for your prayers. You mean more to us than you know!
Well we got a call from the doctors office this morning rescheduling the surgery until Monday of next week (the 15th). The waiting hasn't been the most fun thing and it looks like we have just a little more to do now. (If you're praying that God will teach me patience please stop . . . just kidding.)
I know there were some of you planning to be at the hospital with us. I'm sorry if this messes up your schedule. If you know of anyone planning on being there can you let them know the date has changed. I'd feel so badly if someone showed up this Wednesday for nothing.
New Date: Dec. 15th, Monday
New Time: 6:30am
We finally got the surgery scheduled. It will start in the am on Dec. 10th. It should last 5-8 hours. Afterward Tess will be in the hospital a minimum of 4 days and then be at home 4-6 weeks before heading back to work. All of you have been so incredibly encouraging and supportive. I am humbled and both Tess and I feel so blessed.
We have made one of the most difficult decisions we’ve ever faced. We have decided to have a bilateral mastectomy. This will give Tess the lowest chance of reoccurrence. We informed the doctors this evening and will await the scheduling of the surgery. Hopefully it will happen soon. We consulted with the plastic surgeon today and decided that she will also have reconstructive surgery at the same time. It will be a traumatic operation and she will be laid up for several weeks afterward, but this plan gives her the best shot at remaining cancer free and living a normal life.
We still see God working through all of this in the lives of others but mostly in ours. He has drawn us closer to him and to each other. Tess said, “It feels like we hit the lottery in prayer.” God has truly blessed us with the people he allows us to do life with.
WOOHOOO! Praise God. The results of the last three biopsies came back non-cancerous. So now we just have to deal with the original spot. Tomorrow is the big info day. At the advice of another lady who went through something similar we are taking my sister-in-law Malany with us to help take notes and keep us on track. At least three times a day either Tess or I will look at the other and comment about how blessed we are with the people God has let us do life with. Of all the the ways I've seen God move through this that is by far the biggest.
Tess had the ultrasound today and they found more suspect areas from which they took three more biopsies. The doc seemed more cautious than concerned. Hopefully they will have the results back for our consultation on Wednesday. It tore my heart out watching them poke, cut, and cause pain to Tess. But I know it's necessary and I want them to be thorough. Thank you all so much for your prayers and support! We couldn't make it through this without you.
We just got the results from the MRI back. They found some stuff in the other breast that they want to to check with an ultrasound. The result of this will determine if other biopsies are needed (more biopsies - YUCK!).
Tess and I have been a little discouraged by this news, but on the way home God laid this verse on my heart:
(2 Cor 12:9-10) But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
The whole way home I was praising God that I am utterly helpless and weak (To be honest the drive didn't start out like that :)).