One thing I have learned in the last few years is to be flexible to change. Especially when it happens without notice.
I used to not like change – it would ruffle my britches. I have tried to be a little more easy-going when plans get changed. It is something that God wanted to change in me.
Today, we were headed to Atlanta to Emory on a track to meet with a great doctor. God had other plans in store. We began having discussions with a doctor at MD Anderson out in Houston, Texas along with our Oncologist in Valdosta. This was a miracle that we found a connection with someone out there in the first place!
It was felt that the plan to operate immediately was not the right choice which is where we were possibly headed when we arrived at Emory. We needed a team of urologist, oncologists and vascular specialists that could be on board all at the same time. MD Anderson can provide that immediately. I mean, like, they told us that we would have that as soon as we walked through the door.
Therefore…we are headed out to Houston, Texas Saturday morning and will begin treatment immediately with the team approach on board from the very beginning. Kevin will actually begin chemo treatments to diminish the tumor and swollen lymph nodes. This will be done while being monitored by all those specialists.
Our trip today was part of the plan. It gave us time to process. Praise Him. Actually hear God tell us the next steps. Discussions were had in that car that needed to happen.
Ok…let me interject something that God showed me today too. People were using the word...cancer.
I couldn’t make the words come out. Especially at the same time of talking about the love of my life.
It’s time I come face to face with this and tell you…Kevin has testicular cancer.
Whew! I said it. I am also going to continue to tell you that we are constantly being encouraged at how curable this is. God is in the midst of this. I have done some serious warfare with the enemy and told Him TO LEAVE US ALONE! GET OUT! AND DON’T SHOW YOURSELF AGAIN.
You know we have that authority as believers. Don’t you be afraid to use it either.
We feel a peace about this decision. In fact, we see God’s hand all over it. There are so many details that I would love to have the time to share but realistically… I can’t.
Just know that your prayers are more powerful than you can ever imagine. God is moving mountains that have been there for a long time! It is so incredible to watch it all happen.
* Safe travel through all exchanges of transportation.
* Pray for our girls as they process this whole thing. They have weak moments too. Pray for grandparents, friends and neighbors as they entertain them.
* Pray for clarity for the doctors as we arrive tomorrow at 3:30pm Texas Time.
* Pray for revelation as to what God is wanting to teach us through this. I don’t want to miss it.
* Small, silly prayer….pray for our dog. One week ago today she was hurt while running on our property and has about 40-50 stitches but the most horrible thing is this CONE that she has around her head. (don’t smile! ) This is where I see that God has a sense of humor through all of this. Caring for a man is tough… but a dog with a cone collar is another story!
We love each and every one of you. Our entire family thanks you for all your encouraging words – you have no idea how this carries us. Especially from those that we don’t even know. Humm…the tears fall so freely. We were a puddle today reading all of your sweet words! Power was unleashed.
One last thing I wanted to share with you was that our girls and I are starting a gratitude journal together that we can share with each other when we call and talk or Skype during the week. That is a teaching that I have learned from Ann Voscamp’s blog that I believe God intended us to “catch on to during this time”. When you are praising God for even the smallest things – the big ones don’t seem so overwhelming.
I will try to update as time allows in the next couple of days.
Just keep praying! God hears! God loves the praises of His Children!