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Nov 10, 2020
As most of you know, in December of 2000 Marsha was diagnosed with breast cancer in her right breast. Back then, she underwent a mastectomy of that breast and had reconstructive surgery, with no radiation or chemotherapy. Unfortunately, after being cancer-free all these years, our beloved friend, wife, mother, sister and colleague has once again heard the words no cancer survivor wants to hear, “Your cancer has returned.” Marsha was diagnosed with breast cancer in her left breast in November 2019 and has since been faced with the anguish of going through this entire process again. She has some very tough treatment decisions to make and will need to make them quickly. Her surgeon is opting for another lumpectomy with radiation. Marsha is opting for another mastectomy, which may also require radiation but no chemotherapy. She is scheduled for surgery on March 24th.
Please pray for God’s wisdom, guidance, mercy and comfort for all the Treffs, and specifically for Marsha in the following areas:
1. The appropriate decision to do a lumpectomy vs. mastectomy.
2. For God to be with the surgeon as he removes Marsha’s current implants and performs the new procedure smoothly with no complications that would cause further damage or impair healing.
3. The reconstruction would go seamlessly and create a visual result Marsha can be pleased with.
4. For Marsha to be a good patient and give herself the appropriate time to heal. (This is a tough one because she’s always doing for others taking care of everyone else around her.)
Marsha’s favorite Bible verses are Jeremiah 29:11-14, “11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord,“ and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.” And Mark 9:24, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
I would add to that my own personal favorite, Philippians 4:13 “I can do ALL things through Christ who gives me strength.” Marsha can beat cancer once and for all through Christ who will give her strength.
Ways you can help:
1. Pray for Marsha DAILY and make time for her regularly. She needs to feel the love and support of those around her, near and far. A simple phone call, text, card or email can mean as much as a personal visit when sent with love.
2. Accompany her to a doctor’s appointment. No matter how strong, brave or self-reliant Marsha is, its nice to have the company of a friend so she doesn’t feel isolated.
3. Provide her a shoulder to cry on or a sympathetic ear to listen. She’s going to have good days and bad, and it’s important for her to know we’re there for her when she needs us.
4. Communicate! Your words don’t have to be perfect, just heartfelt so she knows she’s loved and supported by all.
5. Pray without ceasing! Miracles happen daily, all around us. We just need to be open to receiving them and BELIEVING God will hear our prayers.
Thank you for stopping by and leaving Marsha words of encouragement. Blessings to you all and our dear, sweet Marsha.