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"The LORD is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes."
On 9/13/2017, Renee was admitted to the hospital during an appointment at the Richland Hospital after experiencing 3 to 4 nights of having shortness of breath, inability to get comfortable to sleep, a mild headache, and a low grade fever. At her appointment, the doctor suspected pneumonia so he ordered an X-Ray. The x-ray showed a large white area on the right lung as well as fluid outside the lung (pleural effusion).
While at the hospital, a CAT scan was ordered and mom had a liter of fluid drained (Thoracentesis) from outside her right lung. The fluid from her lung was tested and revealed no malignant cells. The CAT scan revealed a tumor on the upper part of Renee’s lung, another small mass on her esophagus near her stomach, and as well as spots on the liver.
Grandma Renee was diagnosed with Small Cell Lung Cancer (SCLC) on September 27th, 2017. SCLC is a type of lung cancer that is rare and a less common form of a lung cancer. SCLC usually grows faster and spreads more quickly than non-small cell lung cancer. Renee’s stage of SCLC is not curable and the best case scenario for her cancer is to go into remission after chemo and/or radiation therapy. Without Chemo Therapy, Renee’s life expectancy would be Christmas 2017. Renee’s first Chemo therapy appointment will be on 10/10/2017.
We are taking it one day at a time. Please pray for wisdom and guidance and for strength. Pray for mom and family, and for peace and healing. Miracles do happen, sometimes not the way we expect. We are leaning on our Savior during this time.
"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good."