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By Beth Hamilton (http://www.caringbridge.org/profile/32424551
) — Jan 19, 2016 3:26pm
Today marks two weeks, two days till my next surgery. I'm a bit overwhelmed, but trusting God for the next step. When the docs found the first tumor in May, 2015, I knew I needed to have surgery. When the doctor at his office as well as the ER nurse tried to biopsy it, they could not. And my doctor was not in any hurry to get the biopsy results once the surgery was over and the tumor was sent to the lab to be biopsied. I had to wait two weeks to the day to finally hear whether it was cancer. That was June 10th! The same day I found out I had cancer, our 5th grandchild was born - another miracle from God! Since then, I experienced my first PET scan and the doc said - "Nothing there, there are no signs of cancer!" What a real blessing this news was! So I opted to get healthy - eating right and more regular exercise! Then in December, my oncologist wanted to do a 6-month PET scan check. And it came back abnormal. Our family doc encouraged me to get a second opinion. A few people had suggested to me to go to Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA). So I finally called and they were wonderful! So helpful, wanting to help me if they could and set an appointment for me. Last week Paul and I went to Zion, IL for the apt. Ended up having many tests run. They found more tumors and the need for surgery. We even got to meet with the surgeon which really helped. The real concern is that the largest tumor is on one of two main veins and we are hoping and praying the tumor is not attached to that vein, but that it can be removed, as well as the other two tumors. Your prayers are much appreciated. Next trip to CTCA will be Monday, February 1 - surgery is Thursday, February 4 at 7:30 a.m. They said I should get to recovery by 3:30 p.m. Long surgery! The "trying not to worry and trusting the Lord" is the big thing right now. The emails and texts and phone calls have sure been an encouragement!