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Teresa (Terri) Gostynski
6/27/2016 Latest post:
Psalm 73:26 "My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my hearr and my portion forever."
My surprising journey began on April 15th, 2016. My side was hurting and I felt a lump in my right breast.I saw my doctor the following Monday and she set up an appointment for a mammogram that Wednesday. I had a mammogram/ultrasound. The Radiologist (Doctor) said he was 95% positive it was cancer. It was also in my lymph nodes.the image on the screen was a little scary looking. I had this alien life form growing in my body. Yikes! I had my bopsy on April 25th, with results two ,days later. Confirmed cancer in the lymph node ,but not in the breast. So another biopsy was done two days later.Cancer was confirmed. I also had a CT scan and blood word done. On May 5th I met with both my surgeon and my oncologist. The plan was to have chemotherapy first to shrink the tumor, followed by surgery. a masectomy after 4 chemo treatments in 12 weeks. Both Doctors also wanted me to have a PET scan to see if there was cancer anywhere else. The PET scan confirmed 2 areas on my left lung that showed cancer. Not what we wanted to hear, but we are praying and believing that the chemo will take care of that. On May 12th I had surgery to put in a Port a Cath in my chest to draw blood and be used for chemo.All went well. May 2oth I had a lung biopsy.I had my first chemo treatment on May 24th. It went well. No problems. God is good! My first week was a little tough. Not able to eat much,nauseated, and extremely tired. Did this hit me out of nowhere?. Absolutely Is it overwhelming? Yes, it is. I don't know His plans for me, but I do know that I serve a Mighty God who has His hands on me. He has a plan for my life that only He knows. " 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 a hope and a future."Jer 29:11 He's got this! Whatever my Father has planned for me, I can do with Him alongside me. The mountain tops have been so bountiful in my life.To get to the mountain tops you have to go through some valleys. This will be one those deep valleys. He will lead me- I only need to follow Him and stay strong and courageous. My strength comes from Him.I will hold on to Him and not let go.He is my fortress and I will not be shaken! Ps 62:6 This life I am living is not about me, It's about Him! I want Jesus to be glorified as I go through this The best gift He can give me is more of Himself! More of Him and less of me! ,I've been given undeserved grace, and for this I am so blessed!!
I will keep you all updated as often as possible regarding what's going on with me and you all can say hi and let me know what your prayer requests are. I have lots of time to pray. I'm also going to look for the blessings every day. No matter how small. Starting with today. June 25th. I'm feeling really good today. I also received two sweet cards from two good friends today. They touched my heart and made me feel so loved. God has been so good to me since this all started. He has sent so many loving and caring people into my life to encourage me and pray for me. Our Community Group are loving us, praying for us,provided meals for us. Parkview Church has given us so much support through prayer. The Transitions class has been amazing praying for us,and all the cards I've received have blessed me so much. Thank you.