Many of you have been blessed when you have called Rest Ministries to speak to my volunteer assistant, Kara. Her sweet southern voice and compassion is a comfort to us all, and she keeps the ministry running smoothly and me (relatively) sane.
A couple of weeks ago she let me know she’d been diagnosed with breast cancer and last week she had a lumpectomy. I briefly posted on Facebook this week as she was in surgery, but I asked her permission to share it publicly and she said it would be fine (and prayers appreciated).
Wednesday following surgery Kara posted the following:
I’m already home from the hospital after the lumpectomy and lymph node sampling and praise the Lord that’s all for now, depending on what the lymph node status is. I’ll have an apptointment with the surgeon in a week and find out the status of the nodes then, but I’m hoping they would call me sooner–who knows?
They may have to sample more nodes or need more extensive surgery, depending on the results, but the plan right now is to heal for 3-4 weeks, meeting with the oncologist meanwhile and starting 6 weeks of 5 day/wk. radiation therapy; hopefully I won’t need chemo, but I may have to do some hormone treatment since the biopsy results showed the tumor was estrogen-fed–some people take those anti-estrogen meds for 5 yrs. or indefinitely, evidently, and they’re apparently no fun. I’ll be doing some natural stuff too in addition to traditional medical therapy.
Everything went as well as could be expected at the hospital–I was pretty nervous and felt like getting teary sometimes, but it helped knowing that I was being prayed for so much and I also tried to think of my mom and my sister Barbara Goodson facing even more scary diagnoses and surgical procedures and ultimately death at such young ages with so much grace and far less medical knowledge. They must have been so frightened–I just thought of their strength and faith and it helped me to think, “They did it so well and I can do it too.” I’m not being morbid–hopefully my outcome is good and I pray that God will allow me more yrs. to enjoy my sons, grandson and future grandkids.
If not, the Lord and I are on good terms and I have faith that I would be in heaven having a reunion w/ so many loved ones. But right now I’m not thinking that–I’m really hopeful and so thankful that everything is good so far. Thanks so much for all the prayers! Hopefully I can get some rest soon!
Please continue to keep Kara in your prayers. This path is never easy, as many of you know, and she has little support in the town where she has recently moved. She is truly feeling them. If you would like to send her an encouraging message, please post it in the comments below and she will see it!
Also, last fall I posted our web site about our ministry sister Jenni Saake who had suffered a stroke (and then a few more). She updated her blog the other day with the following status report.
“It is about 3 months since my first strokes now. I still see blurry and double so have trouble reading. Can’t use my left hand so typing is challenging. Need a walker or wheel chair and doctor say extent of my injuries is profound but hopefully I will mostly rebuild mental connections within two years. Thank you for prayers. Circumstances are hard but God is faithful and good. “
Prayers for her are needed and appreciated as well. So much pain here on earth, huh?
Relying on God one day (or minute!) at a time,