UPDATE: August 8th
First let me say THANK YOU! Words can’t describe how grateful I am for the outpouring of love, support, prayers, texts, calls, etc. from each and every one of you. God is so merciful and good to give me such an amazing support system. I never realized how deep it ran, until now. May God bless each of you in return!
So, here’s the update:
I had the CT Scan last Friday and got the results back this morning. My Doctor delivered relatively good news saying that nothing has spread. Thank you, Jesus! Tomorrow, I am having another colonoscopy to re-evaluate the other areas where the 4 polyps were taken. There is a possibility that there may have been some cross-contamination factors and maybe those polyps were not cancerous at all. That would be more good news. Then it would just be isolated to the 2″ tumor. I still don’t know the stage of the cancer, but I do know, from the scan that it is NOT stage 4. Yay! I also know, that I have a different type of cancer than what my Mother had. Mine is Adenocarcinoma and my Mother’s was Squamous cell carcinoma. I’m being let to believe that mine will be much less messy and a more favorable outcome. Another Yay!
After I know the results of tomorrow’s 2nd colonoscopy, I’ll have more of an idea of my treatment plan. Again…thank you for loving on me through this time. I have been incredibly lifted up and my faith is strengthened through your prayers and encouragement. I wish I could thank each of you in person!
2 Corinthians 4:1-18: Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The godof this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.
It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.