Today we are so thankful that we opted to go ahead with the 3rd surgery, because the results of the pathology report show that indeed there is more cancer. This was definitely not the news we were expecting or hoping to hear when the surgeon called with the results this afternoon. (I am now the 1st case where my surgeon has gotten a positive result for cancer after the 3rd surgery. I guess I am pretty special! 😉 ) It appears the Breast MRI that showed the tumor had shrunk by 70% was very misleading. The MRI showed a tumor 10-16mm in size, while the one removed in my 1st surgery was 6cm or larger. Plus the section removed this past Tuesday contained another 3 x 3mm section that was cancerous and to the margins, meaning it could be larger.
We are praising God for revealing this to us, so we did not move on with my treatments without getting rid of all the cancer! But now it would appear that mastectomy is the only option. So now we must decide on a few things and get the ball rolling for another surgery: Do I want/need a double mastectomy? Do I want reconstruction (which requires a plastic surgeon as well)? And if so, what type of reconstruction? I’m to call my surgeon back on Tuesday morning with our decisions.
As I reflect on all that is transpiring, I can’t help but wonder who the Lord is trying to reach through all of this. Could it be one of my doctor’s or health care providers? Or another patient I have met? Could it be a friend or even a stranger who will see God work in my life?
My hope is still in my awesome God, the giver of strength and peace! He has given me once again an unfathomable peace in the midst of my battle with cancer and the upcoming road ahead: including more surgery, radiation, and most likely more chemotherapy. James 1:2-4 say, “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” I think God is giving me a lesson in endurance! I am striving to travel this road joyfully as God grows my faith. (And He has grown my faith so much already!) It is so encouraging to know that someday I will be perfect and complete, free from the affects of the sin and cancer in this world!
Will you pray with me, that I will have God’s wisdom as I make decisions, boldness as I share my source of hope with others, and that I will be used to reach others and help them grow in their relationship with our awesome Creator God?