My dear friends,
Yesterday afternoon we heard those dreaded words again, “The biopsy results are back, and you do have cancer.” The impact this time is totally different, since I will enter my 8th week of pregnancy tomorrow. My treatment options are somewhat limited, and time is even more of the essence.
I am so thankful that we serve a Sovereign God who knows where these steps are taking us. In our own human perspective, the last couple weeks are not what we would have picked or hoped for, but God has a purpose and a plan for each thing He allows in our lives. He will work this out for our good and for His glory!
I am thankful for the peace that passes all understanding that God has given me and my family through this. I pray that we can display the attitude of Paul in Philippians 1: 18b-20:
“Yes, and I will rejoice, for I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.”
I am scheduled for surgery tomorrow (Friday) at 1pm to try to remove all of the cancer. It is somewhat uncertain how this surgery will go. I cannot have all the normal scans done to see the extent of the cancer since I am pregnant. We are hoping that the cancer is just under the skin in the bumps that we can see and feel, and that my surgeon will be able to remove all of those and have clear margins.
We are so thankful for the outpouring of love and support we have in all of our family and friends. Our God is great and greatly to be praised! Please join us in praying that God will be glorified in each aspect of this situation we are facing now. Here are the verses that God has used to encourage my heart this week:
“Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18