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Journal entry by Ross Bethel

Hello everyone! Surgery on Thursday went very well. There were no surprises. Surgeon said the tumor had no bulk to it and seemed like it was all just scar tissue and it will be interesting to see the pathology report.
Recovery has been quicker than I expected. The catheter came out Saturday morning with no troubles voiding, so thanks for your prayers there!
I was discharged at noon on Saturday. I had only two doses of any narcotics in the hospital and am just using Tylenol now so the pain has been very tolerable.

I have been very tired the last couple days and have a lot of diarrhea. I don’t yet know if that is temporary or something I’ll have to manage long term. In medicine we have an acronym, FOS, for full of stool...or something like that...I’m hoping that once the colon has time to fill up with “something like that” all will be back to normal!

So this is the point I have been waiting for. I am cancer free! I have been too tired to be able to feel the jubilation of that yet, but just writing it now makes me swell with emotion.
As much as I’m looking forward to getting back to life as, church, raising can never be the same after this race we have run.
I am honored that you have run this race with me. Thank you for all you help, cards, encouragement, prayers and well wishes, and love along the way.

Psalms 118:17 “I will not die,but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done”. He has done it! And I proclaim it!
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Kathi Trostad | Apr 12, 2018
Dear Ross, been praying especially for you today! Hope things are hooked up and working well! Give it a couple weeks and you will feel fabulous once again! Praying no UTI this time around! You are much loved! Prayers for Heidi and your children too! Hugs, Kathi in Poulsbo
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When I was  diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000, this is the verse that God gave to me the night before my mastectomy:
    "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."   Romans 15:13  
   As you know, I am still cancer-free after 18 years.  May you also be blessed with health.
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Dr. Bethel and Family,  I didn't know until last week that you had a site on Caring Bridge.  We want to let you know that we are praying for you, and you are also on our church's prayer list (Central Lutheran).  It is good news that you have come so far in your battle against this insidious disease.  It sounds like you are almost to the finish line!  Faith is such a powerful thing.  May your surgery go well in Seattle and healing be complete and speedy.  We miss you as our physician, even though Dr. Diane is doing a great job for you.  I met her last week.  Prayers will continue and we hope to see you again in your office.  Sending love.
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