Hello folks, there is so much to catch you up on!
After enduring multiple doctor appointments, tests and procedures the first week of this year, hubby and I decided we needed to get away for various reasons including we didn’t like what we heard diagnosis-wise nor the options for treating (not curing) that diagnosis. We headed out to Northern California to the Bethel Redding Healing Rooms to get prayer and do some sight-seeing. We just needed some time away by ourselves to step outside of the situation and gain a new perspective. I received a lot of prayer while away and I know so many of you continue to keep us in prayer, so thank you! We did notice that as time went on, I was feeling better and could do a little more physical activity each day which was exciting. Stay tuned for even more exciting news below.
I do have to do one shout out. We did not ask for assistance, but there were a number of folks who very graciously and generously donated to us, and it covered almost to the dollar the expenses for our trip. You know who you are and we’re sending you all big virtual hugs!
We learned that it rains a lot in Northern California in the winter and we were blessed with one sunny day, so we decided to drive to Mount Shasta and got to see a volcano, how cool is that?! And since I’m a sucker for the ocean, we also took a day to drive to the coast and visited the Redwoods National Park. I “encouraged” hubby to hug a redwood. He was not near as thrilled about doing that as I was. I felt like a kid exploring a magical forest. Hubby may or may not have gotten video footage of me acting like a kid in a candy store.
Ok, now for the really cool news. Last week I got the flu, and no, that is not the good news. But when I went to the doctor for the flu, she listened to my chest and was pretty convinced the fluid had re-accumulated so she told me to rest last week and go for an x-ray on Monday. They called me with the results yesterday… “NO EVIDENCE of recurrent pulmonary effusion”.
In case you’re not sure just how awesome this news is, the pulmonary specialist, oncologist and cardiothoracic surgeon all told me this was essentially impossible for someone with the diagnosis I received. They each warned multiple times and attempted to prepare me mentally that I would continue to need to be drained and eventually the fluid would collect on a more frequent basis. They all recommended I get a radical surgery that could potentially leave me in constant pain to attempt to keep the fluid from re-accumulating. Folks, this is a miracle and an answer to our prayers!!! I had done no natural remedies during this time as we were waiting for a couple more test results before I resumed vitamin C and we determined what other holistic options we may be able to throw in the mix.
The not-so-great news from the x-ray is that the flu turned into pneumonia. Hubby actually got hit with the flu worse than I did. I’m having slight problems breathing off and on now, but it is from pneumonia and not fluid buildup. Being sick these past two weeks has forced me to push out the PET scan until I recover from pneumonia. I go back this coming Monday for a followup x-ray to check progress. Oh, and guys, you know I love you so please don’t be offended if I choose not to be super huggy while we’re still in flu and cold season. Trying to avoid a repeat of the last couple weeks. Super grateful for everyone’s understanding!
For all of my praying friends, please agree with us on the following:
- Silvia and hubby will recover from pneumonia and flu (respectively) with no complications
- For all cancer to be destroyed
- An excellent PET scan report. I will let everyone know when it gets rescheduled.
Thank you for your love, support, prayers, messages, cards and encouragement. We are blessed beyond measure to be surrounded by such amazing family and friends, and we love you all so much!