Today, Anna Marie shares an update as she heads for surgery out of state. Please be in prayer for her! — Love, Sarah
I love spring—a celebration of new life as brown turns to green; leaves, flowers, and new plants emerge; and my favorite of all, we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus! Because He lives, we can face tomorrow!
There are a few notable things happening right now. Perhaps the most interesting (and urgent as far as prayer requests go) is that I’m flying to Nevada today for surgery. I’ve had an inguinal hernia for a number of years but it’s become more of a problem in the last few weeks. We had recently talked with my doctors and established a plan of when and where to get surgery done (May seemed like the perfect time for a number of reasons), praying that the Lord would make it clear if it should be done sooner. Well, a week ago Friday night it became clear that it’s pretty urgent to get it repaired when I nearly ended up in the ER due to the hernia.
My naturopathic oncologist was concerned about the use of mesh in the repair; so we are grateful to have found a surgeon in Nevada who specializes in mesh-free hernia repair, and was able to fit me into his schedule this week for surgery.
With another long-distance, intense recovery medical issue for me, we are again so grateful for family support and help! On the home front, Christopher will be home with the children and Grandma Maxwell will be helping with school. My family in Washington has graciously rearranged their schedule on short notice, and my mom will fly to Nevada so she can meet me at the airport, drive me to and from all my appointments, and stay with me at our VRBO. I’ll have my pre-op appointment this afternoon, surgery Wednesday, and then post-op on Thursday. My mom is flying home with me to Kansas on Friday and staying with us through Tuesday when my sister will come. Since I’m not to pick up anything for a couple of weeks and not over 20 pounds for a month, it’ll be a blessing to have help around our houseful of little people. And of course, we are really looking forward to spending time together again.
We appreciate prayers for safety and health in travel, and that surgery and recovery will go as smoothly as possible.
I am coming up on the one-year mark from when I began the chemo and current HER2 blocker/targeted therapy (Phesgo, which is a subcutaneous injection of Herceptin and Perjeta). I finished the chemo in July but have continued the targeted therapy which is a one-year therapy. When that is done next month, I will switch to a different type of HER2 targeted therapy which is a daily oral pill called Nerlynx. We were grateful for the unanimous recommendation amongst my doctors to go on Nerlynx, because I really had no desire to—but, obviously, I’d also rather not be dealing with cancer and the whole purpose of Nerlynx is targeted toward my type of cancer, so even though I’d rather not be taking cancer pills, it does seem like the right decision. I will be on that for another year; so I guess we are basically at one year down, one to go!
The most exciting news is that I had an MRI a couple of weeks ago that was cancer clear! That’s a huge praise since one of our oncologists mentioned that MRI scans often give false positives, so to not even have a questionable element was a blessing.
Thank you all for praying!
“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you” (1 Peter 5:7).