Monday, September 23, 2013

Word of the Day... September 23, 2013...

 When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”  John 11:4

This day is a very special day for me.  I make 4 years lung cancer free today!  I am so thankful that I have a Father in heaven that never left my side when I was given the death sentence of small cell cancer four years ago.

As I reflect on everything I have gone through I know I never would have made it without Jesus.  That day that I was told that there was a growth on the upper right lobe of my right lung was devastating and after I hung up the phone, I fell to my knees.  It was the first instinct that came to my mind. 

My husband was there with me and I could see the fear in his eyes. Lung cancer is a voracious killer of both men and women.  Here are some stats:

·      ·        Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women in the United States. In 1987, it surpassed breast cancer to become the leading cause of cancer deaths in women.
Lung cancer causes more deaths than the next three most common cancers combined (colon, breast and prostate). An estimated 160,340 Americans were expected to die from lung cancer in 2012, accounting for approximately 28 percent of all cancer deaths.

Survival Rates 

·        The lung cancer five-year survival rate (16.3%) is lower than many other leading cancer sites, such as the colon (65.2%), breast (90.0%) and prostate (99.9%).

·        The five-year survival rate for lung cancer is 52.6 percent for cases detected when the disease is still localized (within the lungs). However, only 15 percent of lung cancer cases are diagnosed at an early stage. For distant tumors (spread to other organs) the five-year survival rate is only 3.5 percent. 

·        Over half of people with lung cancer die within one year of being diagnosed.

As you can see things were not looking good for me.  So my husband and I talked to the surgeon and he informed us that I would have to have a lobectomy on the upper right lobe of my lung.  My surgeon explained me that if my ribs didn’t open easily he would have to make a large cut that could impair my latissimus dorsi muscles.  I was so scared.  I love swimming and he told me that he would try his best.  I have to say that swimming would take second place to living and I was grateful for anything that he could do for me. I was so very blessed to have an amazing surgeon and oncologist.

I have to say that I am blessed with the best family and friends in the whole world!  They were all there for me as I got ready to face my Goliath.  I had best friends praying and lifting me up to the Lord all over the country.  My husband Peter and I are so thankful for each and every one of you.  Especially my children Jean, Peter III and Kellie.  Words can never express the love that I feel for you all!!  For my sister Chrystal who flew in to help me through this very difficult time and last but certainly not least you Colleen, you went through this with me from the very beginning and I want you to know what a cherished forever friend/sister that you are to me.  I love you all very much!

My husband prayed with me while driving to the hospital.  I will never forget how I felt when he kissed that last time before I was wheeled away into the Operating Room. I was changed into the gown and booties and then while I was sitting on the gurney waiting for everything to commence.  I prayed to my Lord and said “Jesus, If I have done anything to offend you I am so very sorry.  Please forgive me for all of my sins.”

Then something happened to me that I have never expected.  I heard an audible voice and it said “The Breath of Heaven is holding you in His arms.”  I looked around the room to see who had said that to me and there was no one there.  The doctors were setting everything up for the surgery and I just kind of looked up and I just said okay Lord and I closed my eyes.

The next thing that I remembered was opening my eyes in the recovery room ten hours later.  My surgeon was smiling at me and he kept going on and on that someone up there liked me.  I just smiled and said yes His name is Jesus! He told me that he had taken my lymph nodes from the center of my chest and there was no trace of cancer.  He was really happy about that. He went on to tell me that my ribs just opened for him and when he removed the right lobe of my lung, he told me I was so lucky because my tumor hadn’t moved.  It was like it was encased in glass. He went on to tell me that I had small cell lung cancer and it should have moved. He also told me that he didn't have to make the large cut and my muscles were intact. My incision was only about two inches. The Lord had given me every single thing that I had asked Him for.

They sent me to radiology for an MRI to see if there was any cancer in my brain.  It came back negative!!!  Then I was taken to have a bone scan to see if there was any cancer in my bones.  It came back negative!!  My God is large and in charge and I was feeling so humbled, happy and blessed!!!

I wanted to go home so badly and I asked my doctor when I could go home.  I told him that I had family there to care for me and was anxious to leave.  He wanted me to be able to walk and have the drainage tubes removed before sending me home.  To make a long story short I went home four days after my surgery. The day I went home I was in my bed reading the Bible and the Lord gave me my life verse:
 When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”  John 11:4
When I read those words I was so humbled by His love and His power.  I told Him that day I would never turn my back on Him again and that whatever He asked of meI would do.

 I would be returning soon to the hospital to begin a full summer of Cisplatin chemo therapy.  It would be in the middle of this chemo therapy where the Lord Jesus filled me with so much joy that I couldn't contain it.  I actually wept for joy in the middle of chemo.  It was through what most people would consider a horrible place where my Jesus met me right there in the middle of it all.

 As they began the IV’s I could feel the poison burning into my veins and the nausea beginning to rise.  It was then that He touched me.  It was unlike anything I had ever experienced.  I just felt so loved and it was so amazing it was so all encompassing I started to weep.  I couldn't hold it in, it was just overflowing.  I think it was the Lord’s way of showing me that He was there with me and He would never leave me.  I can’t tell you what that means to me.

The Lord brought me through lung cancer and I am His forever! He has helped me to appreciate each and every day that I have with Him on planet earth.  Now I just follow where ever He wants me to be.  My whole family has accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and we love to share the good news of Jesus Christ and His saving grace. 

He started me writing a blog called Simply Heavenly Food and then through my daughter He has led me to Tumblr where I have the privilege to share the love of Jesus Christ with some of the most amazing young people ever.  Life is wonderful and I am happy and so blessed!  I hope that you all have a Simply Heavenly day!!! ♥♥♥


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