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Saturday, October 7, 2023

Update 10/7/23: CT Scan

Psalm 145:5-7 “I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, and on Your wondrous works. Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts, and I will declare Your greatness. They shall utter the memory of Your great goodness, and shall sing of Your righteousness.” 

Matthew 7:11 “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him.”

Last week, it seemed every time I opened God’s Word, the Bible, I kept reading about not having because of not asking. As in the Matthew 7:11 above, God tells His children to ask. I have to be honest that I find it easier to ask God to move big in others lives than in my own. Here is why: if I’m brutally honest, I’m afraid to be disappointed in His response. Because I know that God has a plan and a will that sometimes doesn’t work the way I think it should, I’ve been afraid to believe and ask for God to give me a complete healing. After a week of running across verse after verse, I finally got the message God was telling me, trust, ask, and watch Me move. So, I finally humbled myself and asked God to work a miracle in my life, as well as Wayne and others I’m praying for. 

Friday I had my CT scan. I got to enjoy a lovely “vanilla smoothie” for my “breakfast” before the scan. Not only did I get to drink this whole bottle, once I went back, I got to have an IV for contrast as well. It was a super fun morning! Actually, the morning was enjoyable because I got to hangout with my friend and driver for the day, Liz. She even took me to Meijer so I could get some fruit and veggies for the week. I felt like a rebel grocery shopping. As soon as I got back home, it was back to the couch for me.

I’m getting better at making my kombucha. I’ve learned how to do a second ferment, which gives it great flavor. 

Last night we enjoyed a movie as a family, for those who didn’t have to work. We finally set up our video screen and projector in our backyard and enjoyed making memories in the crisp, fall air! While we were watching the movie, my phone notified me that my CT scan results were in. Now, I have not discussed this with my doctor, but from sharing it with a friend in the medical field, we both felt it was amazing CT scan results. They did not see any signs of cancer in any of my major organs (chest and abdomen CT scan). They did see a couple enlarged lymph nodes down near the second tumor in my pelvis, which I don’t think will be a surprise to the doctor? Since I have to do chemo and radiation anyway, it should take care of that (from my limited understanding). So overall, I am just thanking God for some great results!

I’m feeling really good after surgery. I think I may even join the family tomorrow at church! I figure I have the whole afternoon to keep my feet up watching football with Shan. 

Wayne Update:

Wayne continues to slowly improve. Although his right hand still tremors, it is slowly getting better. He has taken a walk numerous days this week too, on top of going to PT. His Telehealth calls went well. Unfortunately, his prescription for his chemo went to the wrong pharmacy, so he will start chemo on Tuesday night instead of tonight.

Wayne has been working on reading out loud to help his speech and also uses a hand strengthening tool to help with his grip strength. All his work is paying off!

Thank you again for all the prayers!! You are all keeping us going and in great spirits despite all that is going on in our lives.

HUGE praise: my friend, Rachael, who was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer was told she is cancer free!!! This is such a huge answer to prayer. She is such a gift to me and we’ve been praying for each other through all of this. God is so good!!!

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