Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Drains and Pathology

Today's been very full, and I'm tired, so maybe Jon will fill in more details tomorrow.

The drain was removed today!!! Several of you have told me you understand about those things - necessary, but truly a pain. Now I don't feel stomach-twisting movement beside my ribs and in my chest every time I move my arm, which still isn't very much.

We also got more partial results from the pathology tests. Estrogen receptors are positive; progesterone receptors are negative (a very good scenario). Cancer tissue is grade 3 (very deteriorated - been there a little while, but not uncommon). A test was being done on the tumor to determine the presence of a particular gene that can cause quite a problem. That test came back with an intermediate result (which really means indeterminate - they have to do more tests, and we wait some more days).

I found out that a resident surgeon who is very involved in my care is from Greenville, SC, and happens to know a high school friend of mine very well. Who woulda thunk it?


Uncle Bob said...

Thanks so much for the update. It is 7 a.m. here. you posted just over 1/2 hour ago. People are praying for you in France. Quite a number in fact. Thank you for posting. You are constantly on many folks' minds and hearts.

Donna said...

My pastor just sent this out to our church family this morning. It ministered to me, and I hope it ministers to you as well.

"More than anything else I could ever do, the gospel enables me to embrace my tribulations and thereby position myself to gain full benefit from them. For the gospel is the one great permanent circumstance in which I live and move; and every hardship in my life is allowed by God only because it serves His gospel purposes in me. When I view my circumstances in this light, I realize that the gospel is not just one piece of good news that fits in my life somewhere among all the bad. I realize instead that the gospel makes genuinely good news out of every other aspect of my life, including my severest trials [Rom. 5:1-5]. The good news about my trials is that God is forcing them to bow to His gospel purposes and do good unto me by improving my character and making me more conformed to the image of Christ [Rom. 8:28-29; James 1:2-4; 2 Cor. 12:7-10].

"Preaching the gospel to myself each day provides a lens through which I can view my trials in this way and see the true cause for rejoicing that exists in them. I can then embrace trials as friends and allow them to do God's good work in me." (A Gospel Primer, by Milton Vincent. pp. 31-32)

Praying that God will minister the gospel to you,


The Sefcovic's said...

Hi Amy and family. Just want you to know that we have been praying for you and checking your blog everyday since you called. Thank you for the updates. We plan to come see you, but not for awhile. We know you are surrounded by many friends and family and want to wait until that settles down a little. Don't want to overwelm you. I did tell the Casias's and they are praying for you as well. Ollie was very positive and knows we serve a big God. I will keep them updated. As i read the comment that Donna posted today I am listening to Charles Stanley and he is saying the exact same thing. I believe God is telling me something and obviously has something for you as well. We pray for your recovery, healing, protection of your baby, comfort for your family and strength for Jon. We love you.


Cynthia said...

Thinking of and praying for you much, Amy. I feel like my words are so inadequate, but I do want you to know that you're being lifted up in prayer here in Brazil!

With love,

Cousin Cynthia (and all the other Dickens - little and otherwise)

thefedssc said...

The "keyboard" clarification was funny. I was one of those that thought it meant you were going to be at church on the keyboard and just couldn't imagine that :-) Glad you're "drain free" and seem to be doing so well.

Anonymous said...

Hi Amy,
We are praying for you and Jon. Love your new haircut, very cute!