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Cindy detected a lump in her right breast in October of 2017. At that time she was very involved in her mom's daily care while her mom was in a memory care facility in Abilene. She was also very involved in helping run four Sylvan Learning Centers owned by the family. She already had an annual physical scheduled with her ObGyn doctor and mammogram scheduled for the same day in November and decided to wait until that time to have the doctor take a look. Cindy's mom passed away on November 15. Mike's dad passed away on December 1. Between the two deaths, the two funerals and Cindy and Mike are both Executors of their respective parents' estates, the doctor appointment was rescheduled more than once.
When she did have her annual appointment, her doctor scheduled a needle biopsy which took place the first week of January. That biopsy revealed cancer in her right breast. It is Ductal Invasive Carcinoma. Since the diagnosis Cindy has had made visits with cancer survivors that she knows in Abilene to hear their experiences and recommendations. That led to Cindy making a trip to Dallas to visit with Dr. Mike Grant (whose wife is from Abilene and friends with several people that Cindy is friends with) who discussed surgical and treatment options. Subsequently she has also met with Dr John Pippen who is an oncologist and Dr. Paul Pin who is a plastic surgeon and they are now her medical treatment team.
All three of these Doctors are specialists at Baylor Medical Center in their respective areas. All are breast cancer specialists. They are friends and associates. All three are believers that Jesus Christ is Lord and they are incredibly compassionate, supportive and encouraging.
Throughout the last several months the hand of the Lord in securing appointments, getting with the right people at the right time, the peace of knowing that there is genuine care and concern cannot be overstated. God is so good in providing everything that has been needed every step of the way.
There has also been a great deal of love, encouragement and support expressed by family and friends for which Cindy could not be more grateful. Many prayers and words of encouragement. Many texts, emails, hugs and tears. There is no way to adequately thank those who have stood by Cindy, loved her and encourage her.
We are standing on these three verses: Romans 15:13, Romans 8:28, Proverbs 3:5