I’d appreciate your prayers for my wonderful wife, Ruth. In June, it was discovered that she has a large, malignant tumor in her pelvis/hip. The technical name for this exceedingly rare bone cancer is peripheral chondrosarcoma.
Ruth is having surgery on Tuesday, September 3 to remove it. Her long-term prognosis is very good, as the tumor is believed to be level 1, low-grade, and does not appear to have invaded any other areas. Praise God!
The only treatment is surgical removal (no chemo or radiation). However, it is a major surgery (6-10 hours), and long hospitalization (1-2 weeks), and difficult rehab (2 months intensive, then additional for 1+ year).
We are rejoicing and thankful to God because it could have been much worse. And we are grateful to God because only about 25 hospitals in the nation even treat this kind of cancer -- but the University of Iowa Hospital is a national leader in the treatment of chondrosarcoma. So, we are able to be close to home.
That said, it’s a major health ordeal, and I’m so sorry my bride has to endure all of this.
Thanks in advance for all your love and support and prayers! We deeply appreciate it. Throughout these last few months, we have leaned into a favorite Scripture of ours…
Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
In reality, every day we have is a gift. So, we especially treasure each new day, even with its troubles, and find joy in the goodness and love that the Lord has poured into our lives – and so much of that goodness and love is through people like you.
From the bottom of our hearts – from me and from Ruth. We love you all. God bless you guys!