Friday, March 2, 2012

Update 3

"Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved." Psalm 55:22

I met with the plastic surgeon yesterday, and we have a plan!  My surgery will be next Wednesday.  I will be having the bilateral mastectomy, a sentinel node biopsy (lymph nodes), and the beginning of reconstruction.  In a few months, I will have a second surgery to complete the reconstruction process.  I will be staying in the hospital for one or two nights, depending on how I feel, and I will have to rest completely for a week, and then gradually resume my activities after that.  I can't remember when he said I would be able to run, but it was either after one month or two months.  I plan to begin walking as soon as they clear me to do so!

I now have a few more days to do what I think I need to do before my recovery period.  I checked many things off of my "to do list" yesterday.  I still need to go to Walmart for my monthly shopping, and I plan to gather and/or purchase the books I plan to read while resting.  I am still a little behind in the Bible in 90 Days plan, so I will use my down time to catch up on that too!  

I am still so thankful that this surgery is all that I have to do to be well!  I know how much worse things could be, and I am grateful for my situation.  I am looking forward to putting this bump in the road behind me!  

Thank you again, so very much for all of your kind, encouraging words and promises of prayer.  It means so much to me!  My friend, Esther, emailed me the words of this hymn, and it is perfect.

"Day by Day"
Carolina Sandell Berg, A.L. Skoog, Oscar Ahnfelt

Day by day and with each passing moment,
strength I find to meet my trials here.
Trusting in my Father's wise bestowment,
I've no cause for worry or for fear.
He whose heart is kind beyond all measure,
gives unto each day what he deems best.
Lovingly it's part of pain and pleasure,
mingling toil with peace and rest.

Every day the Lord himself is near me
with a special mercy for each hour;
all my cares he fain would bear, and cheer me,
he whose name is Counselor and Power.
The protection of His child and treasure
is a charge that on Himself he laid;
"As your days, your strength shall be in measure"
this the pledge to me He made.

Help me then in every tribulation
so to trust your promises, O Lord,
that I lose not faith's sweet consolation
offered me within your holy Word.
Help me Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
e'er to take as from a father's hand,
one by one, the days, the moments fleeting,
till I reach the promised land.


  1. I am just now catching up on all your posts. I'm very sorry you're going through this! My mother went through the very exact same diagnosis last year and had surgery and radiation and is on chemo drugs for the following 5 years but is doing extremely well! I have faith that you will have the same outcome. The verses you have quoted are so beautiful and so perfect for every step of this horrible process that you are walking. I am praying for you and your family!

  2. Beautiful hymn from Esther! Praying for you and your family with your upcoming surgery and recovery!

  3. I have been reading here and I have to say your peace just shines through these posts.

    Casting all your cares on Him, you are in good hands.

    Praying that all goes well and thankful, with you, that this was caught early.


  4. God is using you in a mighty way through this. Your peace and complete faith shines through. I have no doubt that you will use this time of recuperation in ways that will further the kingdom of God and will be a testimony to everyone.

    My prayers are with you through this.

  5. Roan, though we have never met I feel like you are a friend. I always appreciate your posts and admire the way you always have everything under control, I used to be a control person, always planning and making sure that everything was just right. Then I got diagnosed with uterine cancer, like you I just had to have it cured through surgery,that was 12 years ago, we are the lucky ones!

    And we are lucky for more than just being able to get well, we are lucky to be reminded that we are NOT the ones in control, God is in control, and I know you know this, but here's my one piece of advice for you right now....stop trying to plan you next few days...just BE with your family, relax, enjoy them, take a walk in your woods, hold hands, you will be fine, and God will take care of you...

    He's got your back!