It’s been a bit since we’ve updated so we figured it’s about time to do that. 😊
Nate recently interviewed with a pastor friend about what it means to suffer through this pandemic, while already being in a place of suffering. If you weren’t able to watch that, we’ve posted it on our page as well.
This pandemic has been quite the challenge for all of us. On one hand, this three year cancer journey has somewhat prepared our hearts for what it means to live with eternity in sight and not for the temporary things of this world. Yet on the other hand, it has spiraled us into an all new set of concerns, precautions, and trials.
On March 13th, I had my 6 week scan and lab work to follow up the radioactive iodine treatment that I took on Jan 29th. I walked into Sloan with an eeriness all around me. So many precautionary questions and tests taking place. Temperature taking, had I been out of the country, was I feeling symptoms other than the normal cancer symptoms, etc. There was a heightened sense of fear and concern that I don’t normally feel in the comforts of this hospital.
By the next week (March 19, when I was supposed to have my follow up) my appointment was being postponed for two weeks. Everything around us was starting to shut down. My peace through all of this has been strangely solid – knowing it can only be coming from the Lord, but this was starting to send sparks of concern – in a manner of knowing we need to be careful and wise.
Fast forward to this week, I received a call from my doctor that my appointment would be via video chat. (Blessings: the appointment wasn’t being cancelled; we didn’t have to drive I to the city; we didn’t have to leave our house…)
On to the news… my doctor is VERY pleased with the scan. He said everything is smaller and there is NO new growth!! I actually do not have to go back for another scan and follow up appointment for four months! And even that is dependent upon the virus. It could potentially be pushed back further than that.￼ I am also off all treatment meds for now, which is yet another blessing!￼
The only downside if everything is that my white blood cell count is quite low. So I do have to be extra careful through this pandemic. I am quite immunocompromised. I was running a low grade fever all day yesterday and not feeling well. But praise the Lord, today I’m feeling much better. The doctor isn’t overly concerned as of yet but we do have to keep a close eye on the fever and any other symptoms I may have.
We are thankful and praising the Lord for this news. One passage that is being engraved onto my heart, studied in our home, meditate do and prayed over and over…. is Isaiah 26:3. “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”
Lord, May ALL of our hearts and minds be STAYED on You, because we do trust in You. And as a result, we know You promise You will give us Your peace – that passes all understanding. Amen