In the early morning hours of Sunday August 16, 2009, Liz received dreadful news from an emergency room doc: you have cancer.
On Saturday, Liz had been enjoying a blustery summer day at the Iowa State Fair when she started to feel horrible abdominal pain. As it continued and worsened, Liz's good friend Deb suggested a visit to the medical staff at the Fair. Those good folks recommended visiting the nearest emergency department.
Liz had oldest daughter Lauren drive to the hospital, then she sent Lauren back to the Fair to pick up Maddy! Liz assumed a couple of painkillers and she’d be out of there in a jiffy. After a few tests became lengthy and more in depth, multiple blood draws, CT-scans and ultrasounds, the doctors told her kidney cancer had been detected. Although they wanted to admit her, Liz - aside from the back pain - was feeling just fine and wanted to be home with her girls. An appointment was made with the urologist for Monday morning (today).
Liz met with the urologist and other doctors today, and is currently waiting for more information and guidance on next steps. It's likely surgery will be scheduled for early next week.
Liz is amazingly upbeat and her main focus this week is on getting Lauren successfully settled into her freshman dorm room at Iowa State (go Cyclones!), and helping Maddy get ready for the start of her senior year of high school next week (Go Rams!).
What can you do to help? Pray, pray, pray right now friends! Ask God for peace and calm for Liz, Lauren and Maddy. Pray for wisdom for the physicians caring for her, for goodwill and patience from Liz's employer, and pray for the many healing and helping hands who will touch this beautiful woman in the coming days and months.
Please sign the guestbook to show your support for Liz. She may not have time right now to read all your comments, but she will definitely read them all and I know will be encouraged by them.
Thanks for your love and support,
Mary Pat, Maggie, Kati, Lauren, Maddy and MMK