Again, it’s been awhile but wanted to catch everyone up to date.
In early June I found myself in need of a second life-saving surgery to remove more of the pericardium from around my heart to impede the collection of fluid due to cancer. Unfortunately, we learned the surgery done in March in Akron was most likely not done correctly. In addition, I consented to having a drain put into my right side so we could begin draining the excess fluid
at home. This would allow me to stop my twice a month trips to the hospital and having a needle stuck in my back. It’s way more complicated than this but essentially the drain is supposed to enlarge my lung with the hopes that the fluid will eventually stop collecting and the drain can be removed.
I’ve spent the last ten weeks recovering and was starting to feel better when I noticed some shortness of breath again last week. I could tell it was different but not quite sure why and that’s because we learned excess fluid was now collecting on the left side of my chest in addition to the right. This required another trip to the hospital where we decided to be proactive and have a drain surgically placed in the left side of my chest this past weekend. At this point I would be more than elated to not have to endure another surgery or procedure.
The tumor markers became slightly evaluated after the surgery in June and have hovered in that range the last couple of months. I had to stop some natural things we were doing during and after that surgery and recently started a few things up again. We are also looking at starting a new hormone therapy which we are hoping does not have intolerable side effects.
So many things certainly have not played out as I would have liked them to this year nor did I foresee having two drains protruding from my body covered with thick padding and large plastic dressings constantly stuck to my front side. It’s a bumpy ride with a lot of fear coming at my windshield. I’m having to learn again and again to solve the things I can and all that I cannot solve or that is out of my control has to be turned over to the One in whom I put my faith. He can handle all of my cares, worries and fears so much better than my feeble attempts. I do not believe that God authors sickness and disease but I do believe He walks with me through it all. I’ve heard it said that you become like what you focus on and I have to make a concerted effect to not to focus on the problem. I’m not saying that it doesn’t capture more of my attention than it should at times but I’m getting better at kicking those thoughts to the curb.
I may get weary and need extra naps but I am committed to giving it my all to stand firm during every attack, so folks, PLEASE keep those prayers coming!!! As I’ve said before, I still believe in the miraculous and I’m ready to see cancer go.
Thank you to everyone who continues to pray, encourage us, visit, send cards, texts, etc. You all are more special than you know and we love you all real big!
Giving thanks and choosing joy!