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rebecca

I am approaching the last week of my Leave of Absence (LOA) and it has been a journey of regaining my strength after surgery on May 3.

On May 27, I requested you all to keep me in your prayers for a clean PET/CT scan. Have you ever taken a PET/CT scan? It is an intense body scan where they inject you with a radioactive isotope, strap your arms in place and lay you in a white tube (machine) that is approximately 2-3 inches from your nose. It scans yours body for radical cancer cells and takes about 20-30 minutes. I am usually a pretty calm, cool and collected person, however, I could feel my heart race and my breathing change during the test. I just kept praying and asking the Lord to help me through it. At one point, I wanted to rip the binding straps off and demand the technician to get me out of there. Yet, I took a deep breath and continued to pray. The next thing I know, the nurse told me I was all done. Thank God!

I have wonderful news to share. My PET/CT was all clear. All power, glory and praise be to God! Thank you for standing with us in prayer as this news spared me from 7.5 weeks of radiation and/or chemotherapy.

After 3.5 weeks of confined laying down, I am finally up and walking around outside for about a quarter of a mile. It feels so good to be out in the fresh air soaking up the sun.  Also, while meandering, I’ve been bumping into neighbors/co-worker and catching up. I even stop to smell the roses.

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Randy returned to work after three weeks of helping me and I am able to drive again. I am back to picking the kids from school again. Although their last day was last Thursday, it is great to have the mobility restored.

Again, I want to say thank you to everyone who has prayed, supported, helped, made meals, donated sick days, called, sent cards, etc.  It means the world to us.

Have you ever had to rely on other people for support or ask for help? If so, I’d love to hear how it went.

Blessings,  Rebecca

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PS This past Sunday, June 9, Randy and I celebrated 18 years of marriage. Whoda thunk we’d be on this journey nearly twenty years down the road, eh?

 

 

 

 

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Aging Parents

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In June, I wrote about a family cancer diagnosis with my step-mother. She’s in her third week of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. My dad accompanies her to her appointments faithfully every day; some lasting nine hours.

However, a few days ago, she called to tell me my father’s right lung collapsed.  Surreal! I am told he woke up feeling like an elephant was sitting on his chest. He was whisked away to the ER, underwent exploratory surgery and now is in ICU recovering.

Needless to say, I’ve been in heavy prayer for their healing, strength and endurance during a very difficult season. Also, I pray for wisdom to guide me through this new season of my life of aging parents. Would you join me in prayer for my folks? Thank you!

Do you have aging parents? If so, what carried you through illness? I’d love to hear about it.