We had a great trip back from California. My husband and I have been married over 40 years, and this last trip to California was the longest amount of time we have been alone together since the birth of our firstborn son. It was great, weird, and a taste of what’s to come.
We jumped into Christmas prep as soon as we got home. I wrapped up some presents, visited with family, and prepared Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinner. The family all arrived on Christmas Day and there was no wasting time to get started. I had prepared a list of clues that sent our Grands racing through the house in search of their presents. It was a lot of fun. Once they found all and had them all opened they were off to play leaving the adults to enjoy a quieter time unwrapping their own presents. I loved it all.
The day after Christmas we all met up again and went ice skating. Now, I wish I had a big success story to tell you about my experience, but I don’t. As a child I use to skate all the time, even had lessons and I could twirl, skate backwards, etc. As an adult, I am celebrating the fact that I did not fall and actually made it around the rink hanging on to my husband!
The week after Christmas brought on a slew of tests, one of them revealing a new complication to my health journey. The plan so far has been to have immunotherapy next, but now I’m thinking that when I see the oncologists on the ninth that plan may change. As it stands now, I have a thoracic aorta aneurysm. It is 4 cm in length, and it’s not the best news.
It looks like 2024 may be a little more complicated than I originally anticipated!
I don’t know exactly what this may all mean for me, I do know it’s dangerous and needs to be addressed. It likely will require surgery, which I’m happy to hear that this type of surgery is 99 percent effective. I do not know how this all works with the issues at hand, immunotherapy and other needed surgeries.
So, that’s the bad news. I usually like to get that out of the way first. The good news is that the scan showed that the tumor has shrunk to a place where it is barely visible. In fact, they didn’t even call it a tumor anymore, but a small piece of plaque on the colon wall. This is what God has done in just a few short months! Isn’t that amazing? I am grateful, and feel excited about this news. If Lynch Syndrome weren’t a part of this picture, I’d be in really great shape. But, alas, Lynch Syndrome is part of this story. The Good News is: God is so much bigger than Lynch Syndrome! Lucky me.
My husband takes the week between Christmas and New Year off. Even though we have had some bad news episodes in our story, we have had more good. Our kids, being the great ones that they are, bought us a giant lego project for Christmas. It’s a custom photo of them! We have spent a lot of hours this last week putting pixel size lego pieces together.
I’m happy to say, we are very close to being done!
So, I spent some time yesterday asking God about 2024. There is a lot of it that feels uncertain, and He reminded me that even if I didn’t have all these diagnosis’ 2024 would be uncertain. There is only one certainty in life, and that is Him. He most certainly has promised me long and abundant life. He confirmed this with me while reading his Word:
“By loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding closely to Him; for He is your life [your good life, your abundant life, your fulfillment] and the length of your days, that you may live in the land which the Lord promised (swore) to give to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” Deuteronomy 30:20
And, “It is the Lord who goes before you, He will be with you. He will not fail you or abandon you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8
So, my word for 2024 if LIFE. I will continue to live my life according to His will. I will not fear or be dismayed, but instead I will believe that He has only the best for me. I will not accept defeat through cancer, Lynch syndrome, or an aneurysm, for I know God is bigger and will not leave me. His healing hand will continue to rest upon me and His favor will amaze all those around me. For my God is good and He has a plan, because of His plan I can walk through the uncertainty that lies ahead and be full of His Spirit with great joy and anticipation. It’s going to be a year of adventure, love, health, joy, abundance, and so much more.
When you think of me, please pray. I know that many all over the world are praying for me and I’m asking for even more. Prayers change lives! I will continue to pray for you as well, for I believe God has a storehouse full of wonder just for you! Happy New Year, and with each day may you feel a deep gratitude for the life and love God is blessing you with.
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