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Mom’s Cancer

September 29, 2008
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In case you are not aware what is going on in our family or haven’t heard any updates. 

About a month ago my Mom was diagnosed with lung cancer. The news was unexpected and shocking. She was in getting a check-up on something completely unrelated to her lungs or cancer when the Dr. saw something that he didn’t like. The Doc wanted my Mom to come back and have a biopsy on the questionable area in her lung. The test came back positive for lung cancer. A week and a half later she was in the hospital ready for major surgery. 

The Dr. removed the upper lobe of her right lung (we have 3 lobes on our right lung and 2 on our left).  She came out of the surgery ok, and is recovering just fine.

The bad news came along with the news that she made it through the surgery ok. The Dr. delivered the devastating news that they found cancer in the lymph-nodes. For some reason or other none of us even considered the thought that they may find cancer in the lymph-nodes. We just assumed that they would go in and remove the tumor and we would all celebrate and skip home that night. When the Dr. told us the stage went from a stage 1 cancer to a stage 3 immediately. The chance of it not coming back went from 85% to under 50% in a matter of seconds.

We had a brick wall rammed into us full force.

A whole new set of questions arose.

We had to start thinking of a whole new scenario for the next few months.

Chemo?

Radiation?

My Mom remained strong and continues to have a great attitude. She is being so strong. In 2 weeks she goes in for an out-patient surgery to have a little tube thingy inserted into her chest. This is where they will drip the chemo directly into her blood stream. After 12 treatments of chemo, she will then face 5 weeks of radiation.

All of this has a profoundly deep impact into the psyche of its patients. However, my Mom can make it. She has the attitude of a champ. 

As far as myself. I am doing good. I have been numb for most of this process. I am not sure how to react. I don’t know how to feel. I broke down once. It was after seeing her in the ICU immediately after her surgery. There is something about seeing one of your parents in a state of complete vulnerability. I am so proud of my Mom. I am trying to get a grip on the truth that my God is bigger than cancer. Whatever the outcome of all of this, my God is good. I can honestly say that I am at peace with who God is and that God is bigger than this evil, wicked disease. 

Please continue to pray for our family. Pray for my Mom and Dad. 

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11;28

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 30, 2008 10:45 am

    Josh,

    I had vaguely heard a little about your mom but didn’t know much. Thanks for sharing. Please know that we are kneeling beside you in prayer for your sweet mom and the rest of your family. Our God is bigger than this and he loves you very much — that I know.

    Love you!

  2. dksnyder permalink
    September 30, 2008 2:20 pm

    Want you to know that I will be praying for your mom, you, and fam. And not in that cheezy sunday morning handshake over donuts and coffee when they walk away you know they are going to forget and probably never really meant to in the first place kind of way. But in the real, before my Father, on her and your behalf sort of way. We do need to hang out for some lunch action soon.

    Later bro.

    DK

    p.s. NICE BANNER! This blog is finally looking VERY readable.

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