Mariya Garland

First post: Sep 12, 2017 Latest post: Jan 2, 2018
To my dear friends and family partnering with me on this journey, I so appreciate your kind words, faithful prayers, and constant encouragement. How deeply I have seen the Father’s love for me through the community he has brought up around me. We are blessed to have more people supporting and encouraging us than we can keep track of, so my family and I will primarily be using this site to keep everyone updated. I envision this site as a place for all of us to come together, support and encourage each other, and testify to the faithfulness of the Lord throughout this process.

On Thursday September 8th, I went to the emergency room in Memphis Tennessee with severe pain in my chest and back, I  was admitted into the hospital that night . A CT scan revealed a mass on my right kidney. I spent Friday in the hospital in Memphis doing further tests, meeting with doctors, and eventually receiving the diagnosis that the mass on my kidney was cancerous and the cancer had spread up my vena cava into the atrium of my heart and possibly also into my lungs. Due to the severity of the diagnosis we then began  making arrangements to bring me back to Denver for surgery and treatment.

While in Tennessee I experienced nothing but the faithfulness of the Lord, and  I cannot even begin to express my gratitude for each person that served me during my time there. I was blessed with non-stop visitors worshiping, laughing, and spending time with me. Also the medical professionals that came in and out of my life were incredible, so gentle, patient, faithful, and kind in caring for me. Finally, the Lord blessed us with traveling grace getting both of my parent to Memphis exactly when they needed to be there.

On Monday, September 11th, I was med-vacced from Memphis to Denver and admitted to the University of Colorado Hospital. We have spent the last day meeting with doctors and coordinating a plan for surgery and treatment. With the abnormality of my diagnosis and the size of the team working together to try to treat it, plans for treatment are ever changing, but we rest knowing that we are in good hands,  cared for by a wise team of doctors, but ultimately led by a perfect and omniscient God.

My parents and I will continue to keep you updated with journal posts as we know better what is going on. May you continue to journey with us as we all learn to more deeply trust and wholly surrender to the Lord our God.

With inexpressible gratitude,
Mariya Hope 

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