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Monday, December 7, 2009

The report is good!

Dearest friends and family,

Today the surgeon called and shared the pathology report with us. There is no cancer in the lymph nodes. Even better, the report on the tissue removed during the lumpectomy indicates "no residual carcinoma identified." Just to be sure I asked "What does this mean? She replied, "No cancer in the tissue."

I will visit with both the surgeon and my oncologist on Wednesday of this week. At that time we will discuss the next steps in the plan. I had been told previously more chemo would be needed. I'm not certain if this report changes the situation. At any rate, I know that whatever steps come next are ordained of the Lord and He will give me the strength to proceed.

I am celebrating a little more quietly than that day in Dr. Khan's office when I leaped in the air. I find that this afternoon when the word came, I received it with a deep calmness. I feel as if I was called into the presence of God and all I can do is lay my face at His feet and wait. I am a little undone tonight.

It has been almost exactly six months since my diagnosis. I find it hard to grasp that at that time I was so sick and didn't know it. In equal measure, tonight I find it hard to grasp that I am so well. My body appears more ill now than ever before. Yet I am being healed from the inside out. It reminds me that it is not the outside of a man that measures his condition, but instead the things that are unseen.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though we are outwardly wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Cor. 4:16-18

Giving thanks tonight for so many things: healing, mercy, hope, faithfulness, steadfastness, perseverance, and love. Also thanking Him for you. I am so grateful for you.


Lisa said...

I'm so happy to hear the good news. God is SO good!! :)

Mary Jo Pierce said...

Yes, my friend... He is glorified in your earthly body. And what a picture you drew of the inner man being transformed and changing the outer man.

Let us continue our journey together. You are loved and highly esteemed.

Your co-laborer,
Mary Jo

Amy Pennington said...

praise God! What a beautiful report. Rejoicing with you!

Mal said...

THank you Jan for sharing so freely and authentically. You are a strong woman of faith, an example to the sisters, and a beaming light in the Kingdom. Thank you for being brave and for holding tight to the Father.

Aragona Clan said...

Thank you for sharing! I'm praising God with you and rejoicing for the "good news"! He has so much more for you to "do" for Him! Of course it was good news! Peace be with you always...Margret

Anonymous said...

I love you! Betty

minda312 said...

ah. I love this blog post.

Becky from Gateway said...

He is so good! We were believing for His glory to be shown in you! Thank you so much for sharing over the past 6 months. I'm excited to see how He continues to use you for His glory.

Hannah Newlin said...

Wow... What an amazing analogy... Wow.

Anonymous said...

i am just catching up on you and am praising God as i read your blog. happy birthday dear friend. thank you for being real and sharing your heart. love, wendy