“Be a woman of Christ. Cherish your esteemed place in the sight of God. He needs you. This church needs you. The world needs you. A woman’s abiding trust in God and unfailing devotion to things of the Spirit have always been an anchor when the wind and the waves of life were fiercest.”
― Jeffrey R. Holland,
Anchored in hope — an important phrase as I begin my journey as a cancer patient. This is a new journey for me. I do feel hope for the future and gratitude for wonderful care. For the past three weeks we have focused on identifying the type of infection that has caused my persistent pneumonia. Last Friday our focused changed as we received the pathology results from Mayo Clinic. Adenocarcinoma. It was difficult for the doctors to share the diagnosis. It was a sharp turn of events for us all. It was a defining moment. It was a moment of courage. It was an opportunity to find hope.
Tomorrow I will have a PET scan to determine if the cancer is isolated in my lungs or if the cancer is in other parts of my body. The pathologists are also running several tests to see if they can identify mutations in my lung samples. It feels funny to hope for mutations. If they exist, we are able to target the type of chemotherapy. This will be a blessing. On July 13, 2016, we meet with our oncologist to finalize our treatment plan and get started with treatment. I have a big mountain to climb. I can’t wait to begin!!
Hope is found in many places — prayer, scripture study, reflection, and love of family and friends. Thanks to so many who have expressed their love and concern. Together we will travel together as we work to restore my health and find strength through hope. We will use this blog to keep you posted on my progress!