My Prayer Warriors:
Many of you have asked me to keep you up-to-date on my health issues. So I wanted to give you an update so you can be praying for me this week and the days ahead. I believe in the POWER OF PRAYER and I am humbled when you say you are interceding on my behalf to the throne of God. Thank you.
I got word today that my PET (Positron Emission Tomography) Scan will take place Friday, March 30 @ 8:30 AM at Allegheny General Hospital. This test involves injecting a very small dose of radioactive chemical, called a radio-tracer, into the vein of my arm. The tracer travels through the body and is absorbed by the lymph nodes and tissue. I will then be asked to lie down on a flat examination table that is moved in to the center of a PET Scanner----a doughnut-like shaped machine. This machine detects and records the energy given off my the tracer substance and , with the aid of a computer, this energy is converted into three-dimensional pictures. A physician can then look at a cross-sectional images of the arm and shoulder from any angle in order to detect any cancer that may have spread from the nerve in my finger. The test will take 2 or 3 hours and results will return in 2 to 3 days, but I am praying they find no spread of the cancer.
If you have seen my finger you know how well it has healed, so far. My doctors have been surprised by the speed and the fullness of the healing (that is a "God thing" that many physicians often do not get).
At this time I am scheduled to have my MOH's Surgery on April 12th at 8 AM at Wexford, PA. Because of the good healing from my first surgery my plastic surgeon wants to wait for the reconstruction to take place the following week after the MOH's. This means leaving the wound open; he thinks that this will make the surgery less painful and complicated, if my body does a lot of the work of growing the new skin and flesh, making it less to reconstruct. So, that puts my reconstruction surgery at Allegheny General on April 19th, time yet to be determined.
After the MOH's I will have to go to the surgeon's office at least every other day to let her check it. Because the wound will be left open it is important that there is no infection and they need to make sure it is healing properly.
I really have been very focused through this whole process. I know God is bigger than this cancer. If He wants it gone...it will be gone. If it is not, I will trust Him and know that He has a reason for the adventure through this valley. I just know He has not changed through all my struggles---with the problem with this finger. He is still God and He is still good. I trust Him completely.
I have used this finger many times to point at individuals and remind them that they need to trust in God completely with their lives. It have used it to poke many on the shoulder to get their attention and I have used it to point upward toward a great and mighty God. It may be through this troubled finger God is reminding me that when I have pointed that finger at others there are three more pointing back at me---reminding me that I too need to fully trust the ways of my Heavenly Father. God may be using my finger to poke me on the shoulder to remind me that He wants my undivided attention and I need to keep pointing to Him.
Just remember---whatever you go through, God is going through it with you. I am learning not to lean on my own understanding.
As you pray for me I ask you to pray specifically for my doctors. They are guiding me through this whole process and have been wonderful in giving me all the information I need to make wise decisions. I have been blessed by there expertise and strongly believe God has led me to these professionals to help me address and recover from this cancer. My PCP is Dr. Margaret Morton, my MOH's Surgeon is Dr. Sharon Hrobovsky, and my Plastic/Hand Doctor is Dr. Michael White.
Thank you for your prayers, cards, and warm expressions of love and concern.
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