I suppose the hard begins next week.
We see the oncologist on Tuesday for the results of all the tests. Although he called us Wednesday with the good news that there was no cancer in her bones or other organs, we are still waiting for the pathology reports from biopsies done on Thursday. We assume it has spread to lymph nodes based on the MRI. We are hopeful that the biopsies done on her right breast will be clear. Either way, we will begin a new phase of Marissa’s journey.
The plan is 20 weeks of chemotherapy; then surgery; then radiation. On paper it seems doable. It looks like any other doctor visit summary–here’s what you have and here’s the plan to fix it. On paper it doesn’t hurt so much.
Marissa and I had a sweet talk after the biopsies. She was telling me about her initial reaction to the diagnosis, about how almost immediately she had the assurance that this was from God. This was God directing her path; this was God keeping her way straight.
I suppose there is nothing that gives me more joy. Nothing that brings me more hope. To know that she loves God. To know that He loves her.
It doesn’t make sense on paper. But it makes all the difference.
You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11
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What a beautiful testimony from Marissa! Many years ago the Lord impressed my heart with the truth from III John that we as parents often quote. “I have no greater joy than to know that my children walk in truth.” But even deeper than that is the comfort of knowing that no matter what comes their way our children’s confidence will be in God. It is often during deep trials that their confidence in God is so clearly tested and then displayed. Nothing surpasses the value and blessing of them of knowing that they can trust their sovereign God. Psalm 78: “That the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born, That they may arise and tell them to their children, That they should put their confidence in God.”
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I’m so sorry to hear that this path is unfolding for your family. Prayers for you all.