"Your greatest contribution to the Kingdom of God may not be something you do, but someone you raise." ~Andy Stanley

July 29, 2014

The Friday our lives changed

I know that's a dramatic title but it can't be helped.
Life changed on Friday, in a way that we never expected.

We went to the cancer center definitely thinking that it was going to be our first and only visit,
even though everyone we interacted with made us feel like we'd be regulars. Ugh! It made me wonder if they knew something we didn't... 
I was certainly expecting to hear 'benign' but it didn't turn out that way.

My sweet hubby took the news with all the peace and joy of the Lord that he always exhibits in life.
And I guess the doctor thought he must need to clarify it or something.
So, he then repeated that it was cancer. (and I'm thinking -'got it the first time')
And then for good measure, he said "This is serious!"
Which we have no doubts about,
we just know that his say is not the final word!
God has a plan and He's in control.

I did not envy him, giving this news to people on a regular basis or the reactions that follow. : (

THEN because Hubby is who he is, he started encouraging the doctor about how well he was doing his job and telling him how much he appreciated all the info he was sharing with us. 
I'm married to quite a guy! 

Calling our kids with this news was so hard!!! But they were waiting to hear from us while doing all their various activities in various locations, bless their hearts. It was nice that we had the house to ourselves to pray, do a little crying and a lot of processing.

So, next up is another scan to see the actual size of the tumor, if it really is localized and if it can be removed with surgery.

Hubby's now on a dairy free, soy free, gluten free, sugar free cancer fighting diet (and that's a lot of 'frees!') and needs to eat every 3 hours. I've been scrambling to figure out how to cook for him, buying organic and reading lots of labels at the grocery store. He feels perfectly fine and has been going to work.

What I'm praying for is that when they do the next scan this week,
 they will say "What tumor?" "We don't see a tumor!" 
~"For with God nothing shall be impossible." Luke 1:37 "They shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover." Mark 16:18 

So, there's a new twist in our story and it is weird to think that we'll never be the same.  But here's hoping that God will use this for His glory because that is all that matters.


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