My surgery on Wednesday went well, and I am healing as expected, but the pain has been intense at times. If I’m very still and do not move except to breathe, it is tolerable. However, when I get up to go the bathroom, or walk around the house, the pain ramps up and it is hard to get it under control again.
Most of the pain comes from the drain sites that are sewn into my skin (I have three of them), but I noticed this morning that some of the area that was completely numb after surgery is starting to wake up and I can feel sensation there again. I’d rather it just go back to sleep. Ouch!
Overall, I’m doing as well as can be expected, and I think each day will bring more healing and less pain.
I was very pleased with Dr. Hagans. He and the nurses were exceptional there at Baptist Health and I’m so thankful God allowed everything to fall into place so this could be done in Little Rock rather than Houston.
It was nice to have my entire family and several friends with me. My entourage was so big they gave them their own private waiting room. 🙂 I loved waking up and seeing all of my people right there with me. God has blessed me with the BEST people!
Dr. Hagans removed six lymph nodes as well as the breast tissue. He called us Thursday evening with the pathology report. He said all six nodes and all the removed tissue was tested and the pathologists found ZERO cancer cells!
There was NO cancer in any of it!
He told Patrick that when the nodes are cancerous they look like they are glued together and when he removes them, he has to remove several at a time because they’re all stuck to one another. He said when he opened me up, everything appeared as if the cancer was never there. All nodes and tissue looked perfectly healthy. He was confident they would find zero even before he received the pathology report because it looked so clean.
I am a miracle. You can believe what you want to about miracles and healing, but I know there is no other way to explain what happened this week. This was not the outcome my oncologist expected when I first saw her in September. She was hoping the chemo would kill enough of the cancer so that the rest of it could be removed during surgery. Her best case scenario was that there would still be cancer there, but it could be removed. I don’t think it ever entered her mind that it would all be gone prior to surgery.
There is no doubt; God touched my body long before Dr. Hagans did, and the result was a clean surgery and ZERO cancer.
As you can imagine, we are rejoicing! Yes, it has been a painful recovery, but I can handle the temporary discomfort of recuperation because I know God has gone before me and even now, continues to pour His mercy and healing into my life.
I will have a follow up appointment with my oncologist in Houston early next month. She has requested tissue from the surgery so the pathologists at MD Anderson can look at it again (to make sure the first report was correct).
Guess what they’re going to find?
I can’t wait to hear what she has to say about this.
In the meantime, thank you for praying for me so well! God has heard you my friends, and He continues to bring peace and healing to my mind and body.
I wouldn’t have voluntarily signed up for this, but I do love being a walking testimony of God’s healing power. Nothing I am going through will be wasted. When you see me, I want you to be reminded of what God can do. I want you to have faith and believe Him for YOUR miracle. What He’s done for me, He can do for you.