Just wanted to fill everyone in...
This past week was a rough week for me as I had to manage pain without Ibuprofen in preparation for surgery. However, the surgery went well today. The doctor was able to implant the port with no complications. He also did a thorough exam and found out that my reproductive organs are full with cancer (not that this is new news really, but it certainly explains the amount of pain I've been dealing with). The good news is that he also checked my colon and bladder and found no signs of cancer there. Finally, I feel like I've gotten one "yes" to my prayers!
I have to admit that I've been hesitant to be hopeful for any positive answers to prayer because I seemed to keep getting so many "no's" all along. Yet, today, we finally got a bit of good news officially confirmed. I'm not a superstitious person by any stretch of the imagination, but I can't help but think that maybe my willingness to stare superstition in the face and have surgery done on Friday the 13th was good for my morale. Hopefully this one little "yes" will be the beginning of an onslaught of "yeses" as I proceed forward through treatment!
The doctor is eager to get my treatments started, so Monday is the big day. I'll be in the hospital from Monday morning until Tuesday evening and then I just have to see how the medicines affect me physically throughout the week. Please pray that my symptoms aren't too bad. Also, pray that I am able to manage my pain with reasonable measures - without having to take stronger medications. Finally, please pray that the chemotherapy is very affective and we begin to make some great progress on getting rid of the cancer in my body. Thanks so much for all your support! As I've said before, it's carrying me through!
On another note, I'm looking forward to sharing a bunch of devotional thoughts that have blessed me through this crazy journey so far... but for tonight, I'm still a bit groggy from the cocktail of drugs they gave me for surgery, so I'll leave you with this promise:
"How priceless is [God's] unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of [his] wings.... For with [him] is the fountain of life; in [his] light we see light." ~ Psalm 36:7, 9
Isn't it great to know that no matter how good or bad we feel about our circumstances, God is always there for us to love, protect, and guide us?