Roan arrived at the hospital this morning around 6 am for all the pre-op formalities. Her surgeon visited with her to go over all the specifics of the day and prayed with her. I don't know about y'all, but I'm so comforted to have such a caring physician taking care of my sweet friend! Once the versed was in effect, the nurses took her down for the sentinel injection. This was a pretty quick procedure. Jimmy, Lynn, and I were glad to see her return in such good spirits. When it was time for surgery, we gathered around her as Jimmy prayed over her. It was a sweet moment as we asked God to hold Roan in the palm of His hand...just as He has every day of her life. The surgery went extremely well. They did end up taking two lymph nodes, and they will give the final report on those in the coming days. The surgeon was very pleased, and he kept us updated every step of the way. They completed the mastectomy and began the reconstruction process all in about two hours. After a little over an hour in recovery, she greeted us in her room with a smile and with a kiss for Jimmy. Currently, Roan in resting and enjoying her "magic button" as she admires her beautiful flowers and greets her sweet friends and family who stop by to visit.
I know I can speak for Jimmy and Roan when I say that we could never thank you all enough for all the prayers, kind words, support, flowers, visitors, food, etc. Roan told us about something she recently read from breast cancer survivors. When one lady shared her diagnosis with a friend, the first thing out of the friend's (and fellow breast cancer survivor) mouth was...'You'll never feel more loved.'" Roan said that she was exactly right...because Roan has never felt more loved. She has been overwhelmed, touched, and humbled by all of your love, care, and concern.
Please keep Roan and her family in your prayers this week as she begins to adjust to this new journey. We are praying for Roan to remain as comfortable as possible and to get the rest she needs. We are praying earnestly for good pathology results later this week or early next week.
We are also praising God for the good things He has done! We are so thankful for such a good report today! We are thankful for the compassionate doctors and nurses who have taken such great care of Roan...and been very helpful and informative to us. You should know that Roan remembers each of their names, tells us about them, and has Lynn write them down in her notebook. We are thankful for all of YOU who continue to lift Roan up in prayer! We are thankful for God's comfort and promises through this bump. And, we are thankful for Roan! We are thankful to our Father for blessing us with her sweet life and her precious friendship! We are thankful that, even now, Roan is glorifying God throughout her trials!
Until our next report...we remain joyful, patient, and faithful in prayer!
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12