You have kept count of my sorrows,
put my tears in your bottle. Psalm 56:8
These past nine months have seen lots of tears fall, prayers offered and answered and a family closing several chapters and beginning new ones.
Bear with me.......I print my blog by year and so it serves as a diary of sorts......this may get long.
Thanksgiving of 2013, one of my sisters was a bit nervous because she had been called back after a mammogram. If you are a woman and reading this, no explanation of that nervous feeling is necessary. We all thought it would turn out to be nothing. It didn't.
December 2, Cathy had a biopsy and on December 4 got the news that she indeed had breast cancer that was in a lymph node. December 12th, she had a PET scan and as a family we held our collective breath and prayed many prayers as we were joined by many asking our Lord that it not be anywhere else in her body.
On December 13, about nine people crowded into the oncologist's little examining room to hear.......GOOD bad NEWS! Never thought about getting good bad news. Cathy's cancer had not spread......we laughed and cried. Although she still had a long, rough battle for her life, her doctors were confident she would come out victorious.
December 17th, surgery to place a port and the 18th chemo started.
Cathy had weekly treatments for eight weeks and knew she would lose her beautiful hair. I expected the infusion center to be filled with doom and gloom, but instead we found it filled with HOPE! People encouraging one another as all were on a road no one ever wants to travel.
After six treatments, she still had hair! She had it cut and it was coming out, but it was still there!
Then mama had the event that saw us spend eight long and agonizing days by her side. Cathy had to return to the town where she lives to have chemo, came right back the next day and on February 2, mama died. Cathy prayed she would keep her hair through the funeral. She had hair! She had to return to her home the day after the funeral for another chemo treatment.
Two grueling rounds of chemo later....step one is over......
June 3rd Cathy had surgery. The doctors were very pleased at how things looked and were sure that all cancer was gone! But she still had radiation to complete.
And it's a wrap!
Hair coming back and as beautiful as always!
You may remember I said we closed chapterS.....my sister Debbie's mother in law got very sick and died........and six months to the day of mama's funeral, there was another family funeral to attend. More tears in our big bottle!
During that time, my California grandchildren came.......that's a whole other post still to come.......my MIL was very ill and in the hospital for a few days and the Superhero's BIL was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Please pray for Johnny!
Since this post is dedicated to my courageous and beautiful sister, here are a few pictures of her along the road.....as she says, she never expected to find joy in a cancer treatment facility, but that's what she found!
A friend had this blanket made with pictures of Cathy's family and friends......
We give thanks to God for his incredible goodness and mercy!