Thursday, January 20, 2011

The rest of the story (so far)

Now for the God part of the story. And might I just add, if you're not a big on God, Jesus, Church or *religion kind of stuff* person, can I invite you to check your skepticism at the door and give my story a chance?

Last Friday, I went to Zumba. It was rough. I could barely break a sweat because I could barely move. But I eeked it out. My friend, Christine was there. She and I have been in aerobics classes together at the Y for years. She and her husband support our ministry. And they go to our church. I told her a bit about my health. We started texting a bit about it over the weekend (we never had a *texting* relationship until then.)

Fast forward to the scan situation. When I got home, I texted her to pray. When we left the Dr.'s office Tuesday, I had texted a bunch of people to pray, knowing it was not going to be good. She texted back when I let her know about the news. As it turns out, our GP was working on getting me in with a gynecological oncologist. He consulted with my OBGYN (who by the way, I L.O.V.E. and I think he and his wife should be sainted and I would jump off a bridge if he told me to. ) Between the two of them they recommended Dr. Reid.

Later that day, I got a call from Dr. H (my beloved OB) and we talked. He assured me of the character and credentials of Dr. Reid. He also told me he's a good solid Christian guy. A bit of relief entered the picture. Then I got a text from Christine. She told me that one of her best friends' husbands is a well known gynecological oncologist and he would get me in if needed. His name is Dr. Reid. WHAT?! So, I texted her back letting her know I already had an appointment with him Thursday morning.

Insert a day more of worry, panic and general stress and angst.

Then, Wednesday morning, I got a call from Dr. Reid's office. Could I come in later that afternoon instead of Thursday morning? Um... YES! So, I texted Christine to let her know the good news. She texted back, I know his wife was encouraging him to get you bumped up.

So Steve and I made babysitting arrangements and off we went. To meet my oncologist. What the flippityflap? Right before we were about to leave, I got a text from a good friend from my small group from church (we call it house church.) Luanne texted me to let me know she was with a friend in Dr. Reid's waiting room. She had driven her for a biopsy and when she got to the office the name dawned on her that it was my same new doctor. She said her friend was raving about Dr. Reid and that I was going to love him.

We got to the Dr.'s office and my stomach was lurching and pitching like I've never felt it. And 4 min. after we sat down, in walks Luanne.

Okay, can i just tell you that earlier that morning I was on my face praying. I was feeling like I could not see or feel God in this situation. I had been praying that I would make the most of this circumstance, but was having trouble because I could not see him. I asked him to show himself.

And there he was, showing himself in the person of Luanne, a good and trusted friend and a really good pray-er.

As we sat there, I had a huge freak out. I saw women in scarves, with no hair. I dawned on me... the people are sick. Oh my god... I'm sick too! But when I let Steve and Luanne know about my freak out, they started to pray for me. In the mean time, 2 more people in the waiting room, on their own, let me know how much I'm going to LOVE Dr. Reid. It was like God was just waiting for me, in the waiting room. And I wasn't even suppose to be there until Thursday morning!

We went back and met Dr. Reid. One of the first things he said was, "Well, looks like the grapevine works fast." Basically, I took that to mean, God worked our connections! Basically, he was confidant without being arrogant. He was helpful in answering out questions. He won't know if it's cancer until he gets in and does surgery (removing my ovaries and any other *potentially* cancerous areas... IF it's cancer.) And that he already booked an OR for me for Friday morning, if we wanted.

Do I want to get this crap out of me? Um, yes and thank you! As it turns out he's going on vacation and squeezed me in before he leaves. Is that God? I say yes. Oh and because I'm smart like this, I finally realized on the way home I'm actually having a hysterectomy. And dang it, I just re-stocked on tampons and pads. There was a good deal at CVS, don't you know! Oh well.

Please pray that what he finds is NOT cancer. If you know others who pray, would you mind having them read my blog? (Is this all a shameful plug for more readers?) No matter what, I have a feeling God's not done showing off yet.

My surgery is Friday morning 8 AM, Ohio time. Pray for my nerves. Pray that I can really put all of this in God's hands. Pray for Dr. Reid as he operates. Pray for Steve and my kids, my dad and our other family as they wait. Pray for my recovery, it's going to be a doozy. Thanks. I'll post again when I can.


vwiller said...

Oh my E I am praying so hard and I know that all will be fine. I will also have you added to the prayer list at my church, you are the third one I have added this week....but good things have happened with the others so it must be a good one!

여상주 said...

e, eli and i will be praying for sure and ask our friends to pray too. we miss you and love you very much~! <3

Laura Normandin said...

Definitely praying. Thanks for sharing the intimate details, because I have thinking and wondering about you. You are an encouragement to me!

Kristi said...

Praying, shared with some staffers (hope you don't mind) cuz I know they are pray-ers =o)

Lisa said...

E... I am so encouraged to read this. I have been praying for you all week that you wouldn't take that slippery slope into... what did we used to call it? You know, when your imagination just takes what is real in the present and imagines all the bad that can happen, and all of the sudden you're in total despair. Dang... where's my memory. So, anyway, I've been praying against that these few days. Praying you would see the GOOD hand of our GOOD God all over this. And you have! I love your honesty about the freakouts... that makes me feel like I know you're doing well. God's provision is incredible with the connection to Dr. Reid and your friend Luanne being there. So wonderful!!! BIG HUGS!!! I wish I could be in Dayton. I am thinking of you so often and praying for you.

eva said...

Praying for you, E! God is very good and He is very faithful. He is taking care of you.

amber said...

So . . . speaking as one who had a hysterectomy 3 years ago here is my 2 cents worth:
1. Keep those feminine products for friends with ovaries who may need them while at your house.
2. Talk "hot flashes" with older women; it is sort of like being in a new club.
3. "Take every thought captive" and do not let your mind guess and plan about speculations.
4. Check out "" they are a wealth of info.
Praying for great news on Friday!

Kate said...

Praying that He's not done showing off on your behalf! You can trust Him- whatever comes.

Praying for you and your family!

Karen said...

ovaries out means uterus too? just checking. Maybe the whole area just to be sure. I'd definitely talk to your lovely OB about implications of this surgery. But, man, the Lord is in control!!! Obviously. Even that you had the test Monday sort of all of a sudden because an appt. opened up. Clearly the Lord is protecting you. I love you my friend, and my heart is both heavy for you and rejoicing at the nearness of the Lord. --Karen

tricia k said...

praying for you guys

betseykerr said...

Oh my goodness E, what a week you have had. You, Steve and the kid shave been on my mind non-stop. Praying for you lots and feeling God's presence is super helpful! Hope you have a speedy recovery and you hear lots of GREAT News!

Chris said...

Elizabeth and Steve...we will be praying for you!

jenny said...

Haven't stopped thinking about you and praying for you since hearing about the news from your ct scan. You are being upheld in prayer by so many. Your honesty in sharing this struggle brought me to tears today. God is going before you in this, He is right beside you, He is upholding you....even when He feels silent, He's there! SO thankful He's given you tangible glimpses of His presence in working out the details of the surgery. We love you you and Steve and are praying for a miracle that will bring Him complete glory!

JGray said...

I praise God for you being such a bright beacon during the tough times. I'm praying for you and Steve as you shoulder this together.

love you guys.

Marilyn said...

Dear Elizabeth,
Another "pray"er here. Trusting God for His "sufficient grace" for you moment by momoent; for great confidence in Him as our Great Physician; and that He will enable you to experience the calm and contentment of a weaned child leaning against her mother's breast.
Always and only in Christ,

Marilyn Mailloux

Laurie Goodrich said...

Jim and I are praying for you and your family. Thanks for your candid updates of life as your experiencing it. God is good. God loves you. We hold you up in honor of His good work in and through you.
Jim & Laurie Goodrich

The Moyers said...

Elizabeth and Steve, we will most certainly be praying for NO cancer and complete recovery to health, and that God will use this situation in AMAZING ways to lead others to Him and to strengthen you faith in Him. Love you guys! Ken and Carrie Moyer

Marisa said...

Hi Elizabeth! We've only met once, but we have a mutual friend and I attend the same church as you do. (I've enjoyed watching your boys in the children's wing a few times!).

I will be holding you and your family up in prayer. I will be praying that you will find peace that passes all understanding as you go in for surgery tomorrow.

Jessica said...

I found your blog through Mommin' it Up and I wanted to let you know that I am praying for you, and I look forward to hearing all about what God has done/is doing through this! Hang in there!

Jeni Johnson said...

Elizabeth, my prayers are with you, your family, the doctors and those that surround you. God is an amazing and prowerful God. He will work miracles through you and this experience. I am joyfully surprised time and agian how He can take the worse circumstances and turn them into opportunity to glorify Him. He has shrouded you with his love and will protect you through this obstacle.

If there is anything we can do for you at River's Edge, please don't hesitate to let me know.

Diana said...

You have been in my thoughts and prayers since last night... isn't it amazing when you can see God's hand all over a situation. We are personal friends with the Reid family. Awesome Christians with a heart for God! You are in great 'earthly hands' as well of course the most incredible 'heavenly hands'! No matter what God will be glorified. I will be praying for strength and peace - no matter the outcome!
Diana Perkey

Katie @ Domestic Debacle said...

You don't know me, but I'm praying for you!

Bridgett said...

I found your blog from another blog that I read. I will be praying for you! It is so amazing how the Lord shows himself when we need him the most!