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6/13/2016 Latest post:
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Since the end of April, Allan and I have been visiting with doctors and nurses, taking tests and reading extensively about stomach lymphoma. We first met with Dr. Keely Hack at Sanford, after which we took a trip to the Mayo Clinic to get a second opinion.
I was so thankful last week that all my records and information had been received in Sioux Falls from the Mayo Clinic. The Sanford doctors met as a team prior to my appointment last Tuesday, and concurred with the initial diagnosis and plan for my treatment. I’ve been blessed with kind and caring doctors and nurses who have had time for me and answered my questions. I’m also thankful for my bleeding ulcer, which brought about the endoscopy and colonoscopy where the biopsy was taken that lead to the discovery of this disease.
Almost everyday, I meditate on verses that have been sent to me or that I have found. The verse that spoke to me today was Isaiah 41:10 which says, “Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” I’ve never felt such love and concern from so many caring people. Thank you.
Today, I had my first radiation treatment, which went well. I would appreciate prayers for the radiation to destroy the cancerous cells, but protect the rest of my body. One treatment done… 19 to go! I believe everything we go through is for a reason. I feel our problems are at times hand tailored for each of us to learn to trust and grow in the Lord more, and not to try to handle things on our own. Thank you for your continued prayers.