After months of back pain, an MRI discovered a large tumor growing in Carol's back, specifically next to and within the spinal canal of thoracic vertebrae 10 and 11. Carol's pain was caused by the tumor (which was quite large - 5.5 by 7.5 cm) growing into and pressing on the nerves in her spinal canal. After a few weeks of waiting for the pathology report to return, Carol was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma (a gene 11:22 translocation), and was admitted to Indiana University Health Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis to begin her first round of chemotherapy. Ewing's Sarcoma is more prevalent in children, and is a rare cancer diagnosis for an adult.
At this time, the plan is to receive chemotherapy followed by surgery to remove the tumor. Chemotherapy will not make the tumor go away completely. Instead, chemotherapy will hopefully destroy the tumor so that it dies from the inside-out and shrivels in place. Then, when Carol is ready to undergo surgery, the risks of spreading the cancer to the surrounding tissues will be diminished.
Carol's aunt sent her this quote from Alan Redpath 24 years ago when she was facing thyroid cancer: “There is no circumstance, no trouble, no testing, that can ever touch me until, first of all, it has gone past God and past Christ, right through to me. If it has come that far, it has come with a great purpose, which I may not understand at the moment. But I refuse to become panicky, as I lift up my eyes to Him and accept it as coming from the throne of God for some great purpose of blessing to my own heart.”
Even now, as Carol is facing a new and much more serious cancer diagnosis, we cling to the truth that God already knew Carol was going to be diagnosed with cancer long before her tumor was found and this new journey began. As Christians, we are not guaranteed a pain-free life, but a perfect eternity! So, we choose to set our fears about Carol's diagnosis at the foot of the cross. Join us as we pray for miraculous healing and discernment for the doctors in planning Carol's care.