Thursday, March 1, 2012

Update 2

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths."  Proverbs 3:5-6.

Yesterday I had the MRI, and let me just say, that was a terrifying experience!  It ranks up there with my root canal last year!  I am claustrophobic, and the combination of lying on my stomach with my face down in a donut-shaped pillow plus not being able to move, and of course being inside a tunnel with jackhammers pounding in my ears for about 30 minutes, about did me in!  I really thought that I was going to crawl out of the machine for the first five minutes or so.  I just kept repeating to myself, "medical technology is a good thing".  Then I calmed myself by recalling how I had survived the 85 degree Andrew Jackson Marathon, and next I began praying for anyone I could think of and reciting Scripture.  I bet I said Psalm 23 fifty times!  Finally, it was over!

"Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!  For His mercy endures forever."  1 Chronicles 16:34

Later in the day Jimmy and I met with my general surgeon, who is so kind and understanding.  After he and the radiologist discussed the results of my MRI, and after he explained everything to Jimmy and me, I now have my surgical plan--a plan that will completely cure me and also reassure me that the cancer will not return.

Bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction.

"Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand."  Isaiah 41:10

I do not have a surgery date yet, but I will after I meet with the plastic surgeon this afternoon.  It will be one day next week.

I am so thankful for all of my family and friends who are offering to help out in any way.  My parents, of course, want to do anything for me, and they are going to do what will give me the greatest peace of mind while I am in the hospital and recovering--they are taking my children to their house to stay for several days.  I will not be worried about my children at all while they are at Mims and Pops's house!  My mother has two sewing machines and a serger which she will set up for my girls.  They are planning a sewing/crocheting/crafting marathon!  My parents have thousands of Legos for Clay and Sam to play with, and of course they will eat yummy food, watch TV, and in general have a mini-vacation.

My sweet sister-in-law Megan visited me Tuesday, and she came to help out!  She folded all of my laundry (which was a lot!), vacuumed and vacuumed and vacuumed, checked some schoolwork, cleaned three bathrooms, and took my girls to Hobby Lobby so they could buy a birthday present.  Thank you Megan!

We have declared a hiatus from school for now.  I am distracted, and I just keep thinking of one more thing to do, one more errand to run, before I am house-bound for a short time.  I am hoping that while I am recovering I will feel like reading aloud to the children, but that is all that I plan to do school-wise, until I am feeling back to normal.  

"My brethren, count is all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience."  James 1:2

I am still trying to stay positive.  I know that I am fortunate that my cancer was diagnosed early, and that it is curable without months of treatments.  That really is a blessing.  But, the anxiety of the entire situation is sometimes overwhelming.  I can cry at the drop of a hat (and I am not a cryer).  I am afraid.  I can't put my finger on what I am afraid of, but it is still there---maybe it's the unknown of the discomforts of the surgery and recovery, maybe it's the lack of control that I have of the entire situation, maybe it's the fear that I will not regain my physical strength (I wonder if I will be running a half-marathon or doing Insanity again anytime soon?).  But, just like God's Word says,

"Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You." Psalm 56:3

So, I am praying about my fears, and trusting that God will carry me through it all!

"I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears."  Psalm 34:4


  1. Looking at all these Scripture verses it is so evident that you are clinging to the Lord and to His promises! Keeping on praying for you!

  2. Since I read your post the other day you have been in my prayers. I am so glad they caught it early and they can do something about it.

    I have always been inspired when I come here to read. You do so much and stay so focused. Now I am so inspired by the way you are facing this with complete trust in the Lord. You seem very much at peace and are not letting homeschooling, your normal schedule, and other things stress you and steal that peace from you. Once again you are focusing on the important, getting well, and you have a plan to deal with the rest.

    I want you to know that your story has made me think and is moving me to action. At 43 I have put off having a mammogram. I had one two years ago and since that was fine and I have not had any problems I pushed it aside and plan to make an appointment when things "settle down". I am making an appointment this week. Had you not taken care of your health and had that mammogram the doctors would not have caught it early. So thank you Roan, for once again inspiring me to take action as well as to face all things with faith.

    I am praying for you and your family and look forward to updates.

  3. Praying for you and your family during this trying time. God bless.

  4. Roan!!!! Just learned of this today!! I am devastated. You have been such an encourager to me. So glad to hear of your plans for surgery and wish that I was closer and could give you a hug! Please, please know that you will be in my prayers....and I mean that! Here's a huge hug from Minnesota, my friend!��

  5. Roan,

    You are such an inspiration! It is evident you are totally trusting God in this situation and leaning fully on Him. May you be blessed through this experience and feel God holding you through it!

    I'm praying for you,
    Ashley Lee

  6. Praying for you and your family! Complete recovery and peace in the storm. maybe it's a good thing that you're in such good shape - the recovery time will be shorter (hopefully)

  7. Hi, Roan. I can't remember if I've ever commented here, but your blog has been a blessing to me since I found it several months ago. I live in Alabama and homeschool my 5 children which are similar ages to yours. We have many of the same ideas, and as I've read your posts, I've often felt like we'd be fast friends with much in common in "real life." Anyway, I wanted to let you know that I've been praying for you and will continue to pray for a full and complete recovery and that the Lord will provide in every way as you have surgery and face recovery and reconstruction. It would surely be my pleasure to be able to bring a meal to your family or bless you in some tangible way if we lived close.

    By the way, I saw one time that you mentioned you had gone to the Spring Conference at MSU last year. We usually try to go every year and were there last year also. I wish we would have had the opportunity to meet. I had not read your blog at that time, though. Maybe we'll have the opportunity to meet this year if we're both able to attend. I always enjoy it and my kids really enjoy teen track.

    Blessings to you and your family,
    Amy in AL

  8. Hi Roan-

    I just found your blog two weeks ago and have found it very helpful as I am in my first year of homeschooling. You've also inspired me to take up running again and given some very helpful advice on a daily schedule. And now I see how Jesus is carrying you with His Word!! You are blessing me! I will pray for you and your family in this time.
    -Mary Margaret
    Bellingham, WA

  9. Praying for you.

    So thankful they caught it early, and that you can get it all through surgery. It still has to be scary, though, and I will pray for peace to overwhelm you and your family.