Tuesday, November 11, 2008

What Was I Scared Of?

To all those who prayed today - thank you. When the office called to schedule these procedures (core needle biopsies), they assured me their doctor is very skilled and I would be very comfortable. I assumed they were just trying to relieve my nervousness. I've already had fine needle biopsies, and that was uncomfortable. But the doctor truly was very careful, and to my surprise, I didn't feel a thing. But that needle thing sounded like a staple gun!

I went back to the oncologist's to complete preliminary tests. Yesterday they drew eight vials of blood, and today I had chest x-rays. These tests will help determine if the cancer has spread to my lungs or organs. I'm not having symptoms of that, but it's good to make sure.

Tomorrow, we check into the hospital at 12:00 p.m. and surgery is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. I should be released by 12:00 p.m. on Thursday. Healing is required for a month, then chemotherapy.

Yesterday, we got to see the baby pretty clearly. Its heart is beating, and its growth is normal. Seeing our child made me feel like I'm really pregnant.

I don't know when I'll write again. Maybe Jon will update this blog to let you all know how things went and if we have any more answers.


Grandma Young said...

I've been praying for you every day, and especially tomorrow as you have your surgery. I'm glad your Mom and Dad can be with you. Your blogspot has been a real blessing to me and to many others. Just keep trusting Him. I love you. Grandma

Aunt Becky and Hunter said...

We love you, Amy. Hunter and I are praying for you.
Aunt Becky and Hunter

T.L. Rice said...

I'm glad you found the core biopsies easier than you thought!

My heart is full of prayers for you and your family. --Tamara

Siberians said...

We have been praying much for you these last couple of weeks! I know that God is able to put your heart(s) at rest and fill you with a peace that only He can give at this time. We will be especially praying for your surgery tomorrow(for us it will be middle of the night!)that God will give you such a peace and calmness of soul. Our church has also been having special prayer for you every service. Isn't it great that people all over the world can pray to the same God on your behalf and know that He hears us all and will answer our prayers?! The kids pray for you at every meal and during our evening devotional time. I pray for you many times throughout the day as the Lord brings you to my mind and during the night as I lie in bed when I can't sleep. We love you guys so much and have asked God to put His arms of comfort and love around you during this very trying time in your lives.

Trusting and resting in Him,

Brandi said...

You will be in my thoughts ALL day. Will be waiting to hear how you are.

Love you,

mom said...

Wishing I were there to give you a hug before the surgery. It was good to get to talk with Jon last night again. So thankful your family is there and know that you are constantly in our prayers as well. We love you dearly and continue to hold you before the throne all day long. I know the Lord will calm your heart today and give you peace.
Mom Bixby

Bonnie said...

You are all in my constant prayers and I've asked others to remember you today especially.


thefedssc said...

Praying, praying, praying. WOW - your staple gun comment was so accurate. That's exactly what I thought it sounded like and that was weird. So glad your family is there with you.

Jeff said...

Dear Jon & Amy,
It has been quite awhile since we've seen you all, and we heard of your cancer and blog through Heather's mom, Barbara Sheets. Just wanted to let you know that we are praying for you and your family, that God will give you peace beyond your comprehension... and HEALING of course! :-) We are hoping to get back out west next summer/fall, and we may be able to come through and see you all. May the LORD bless and strengthen you. Thank you for keeping up with your blog!

Anonymous said...

Just wanted you to know there are lots of us out here who you may not know personally, but we are praying for you passionately!
May God truly bless you and your family!

Kathy said...

I've been praying for you and love reading your posts. They are so matter of fact with a little bit of humor that sounds just like you. =) I'm so glad that your family is able to be with you at this time. I know your kids will enjoy their fun Aunt Teresa especially!
We serve a great God!
Love ya! Kathy (Isaiah 40:28-31 These verses were a blessing to me in years past)

Amy said...

I know that you are in surgery right now... Just want you to know that we are praying and love you soooo much.

I am so thankful for the wonderful sister-in-law that God has given me!

The "other" Amy

diane said...

hello, we hope your surgery went well and that you are on the road to a speedy recovery. We have been praying for you and the family. If you ever want to talk please feel free to call me (970)871-6043. as you know i went thru breast cancer back in 1994. The great thing is that modern medicine has come a long way since then. It really sounds like you have great family and friend support. Prayers and laughter is what helped me the most. Don't worry about the hair as it all comes back and who knows may even come back in a different color, mine did. Diane Sandelin
David says good luck and get better soon.

Kip said...

Kip and I are praying Amy and will continue to hold you and your family before our wonderful Lord! Isn't it wonderful that He is in control!!! Kip and Nicki Doan

Anonymous said...

I guess you are probably in surgery now. I have been praying for you. I printed your blog posts and carried it to our ladies meeting Sat. night for those of our ladies who don't have internet access. You are amazing woman - so strong and rooted in your faith. I know God is going to take care of you. Roanoke Island Baptist Church in Manteo, NC has been praying for you and will continue to do so. Brenda Outlaw

Ruth Bustamante said...

I am praying every day for you, Amy! I have your picture up on my computer as I work, and I pray every time I see your picture, which is often! Praise the Lord for giving you comfort during your biopsies yesterday. We await word that you are safely out of surgery. We love you, and are so proud of your godly response to these difficult circumstances! You and your family are a testimony of God's love, strength and power. Thank you for teaching us more about Him through your faith. Love, Ruth Bustamante

Donna said...

I'm praying for all of you.

Grant said...

Hi Amy (& Jon),
My husband and I were at ABC the same time as you and Jon. I just joined Facebook and "the other Amy" is one of my friends. :) I'm SO thankful that she listed your blog site so we can be praying very knowledgeably for you and your family. Your family is very beautiful. We'll be praying for #7, too. I'll put you on our church prayer list tonight. Praying for you and yours, Grant & Stephanie Cochran

Cynthia said...


I'm sorry if I've been posting and haven't been identifying myself properly! :P I'm correcting that now, I hope. *[i]dramatic voice[/i]* With this post, I hereby signify that, from this day forward, I will identify myself as "cousin Cynthia." :D

All kidding aside, I am praying for you, as so many people are. Like Grandma said, this blog has been a blessing. For one thing, it is good to have such ready access to information about people you love who are so far away. Thanks for taking the time to post.

The pictures of you and your family are wonderful that your sister-in-law put up! Joel and I both enjoyed the slide show. I'll have to bring our kids in to see it, too - if I can remember to! :P

You might not see this for a while, and I know it might be a while before we hear from you again; but you are continually in my prayers. I know that your mom and others will take care of you, and that you are held in the safest place possible - the palm of our Lord.

I love you!

Cynthia . . . oops . . . COUSIN Cynthia :D