Well here we are, tomorrow is the big day. What a ride it has been. I have seen God’s hand at work in so many ways through the last 8 months.
He’s given me so many of you who have encouraged me with your words, cards, phone calls, gifts, and the gift of your time. For each comment, email, card and time spend with me, my deepest thanks and love.
I’ve seen God’s hand all over the timing of so many surgeries, including this one. I, in my own strength have tried to orchestrate so many things, but His timing has been perfect each and every time. To Him, I am grateful and feel His deep love for me.
I have been blessed with good health, not a single cold, this entire time. I have slept well and have been able to continue exercising and eating well, which has prepared me for the big surgery ahead. Thank you Lord for watching over me and protecting me.
And then there has been the “God sightings” as Lynn and I call them. I have seen Him in the sunrise and sunsets, I have seen Him in the variety of birds each day, I have seen reflections of Him in my husband, my children, and my friends. I have seen evidence of His love and presence every single day!! I am so grateful our God makes Himself known for us all to see.
God has brought scripture to mind just when I needed it, He’s brought devotionals to my inbox at just the perfect time to encourage and correct, He’s spoke to me through music, through sermons, and int he daily rising and setting of the sun.
I am a child of God and I am truly blessed.
And now we are here. As you read this I am preparing for surgery to place my dialysis catheter. A quick surgery, and will return home to rest for a few hours before Maurice and I head down to Chicago to spend the night.
Wednesday morning, I will go in for what will be a 4-5 hour procedure to remove my kidney, ureter, the top of my bladder and my lymph nodes in the left side of my abdomen. This will immediately put me into kidney failure and in need of dialysis until I receive a kidney transplant. Because we are dealing with cancer, I will need to wait approximately 2 years before I will be eligible for a transplant. I will be in the hospital for 5-6 days and then I get to come home. Dialysis will be 3 days a week for 3 hours at a center until I heal and then we will do another surgery to place another catheter to do home dialysis through my peritoneal lining in my abdomen. Once that heals, life should resume as normal, we hope.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”(Joshua 1:9)
“…when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” (Psalm 61:2)
Many of you have asked how you can pray, and for some reason I am finding it hard to come up with a prayer list, the needs are many, but nothing in comparison to other people I know going through difficult times right now, but we are called to lift others so here are a few immediate needs we would love to have lifted in prayer:
That we would be filled with peace and comfort throughout the day on Wednesday.
Steady hands for the surgeon and wisdom in any unexpected complications.
I would tolerate being under anesthesia for such a long time.
No nausea or complications from the anesthesia.
Rest and obedience to doctors orders.(I’m not good at sitting still as you all know)
Patience for our family as we adjust to the new normal.
I would tolerate dialysis with no complications and God would open doors for me to speak to and minister to others going through the same thing.
That God would be glorified through this new adventure we are beginning.
Lord God, I put my hope in you. You are my help and shield. In You my heart rejoices, I trust in your holy name. Let your unfailing love surround me, Lord, for my hope is in you alone. (Personalized from Psalm 33:20-22)
Thank you all so much for you continued love, prayers and friendship,