Thank you for your prayers about the decisions I’m making before surgery. There was a stark difference in how my mind processed information the next day, in comparison to before. I have to contribute that to prayer. Through this entire situation, I’ve sensed God’s voice when I’ve asked others to pray with me.
I wish I blogged about each step in this decision making process, just to tell you how specific prayers were answered. But do you really want to hear about my ovaries?
Of course you do.
No, I’ll spare you and keep this from getting too detailed. A little back story: my doctor had suspected endometriosis a while ago. Sometimes women get this disease when they’ve never been pregnant, like in my case, so you can imagine the emotions that surfaced.
At the time of the first discussion in his office, I had gone through a horrible 12 months of having one medical problem after another. I broke my foot, scratched my cornea (over and over again), had a kidney stone attack, and caught my kitchen on fire because I absent-mindedly put a high chair tray on the burner and left the house with the kids. To play with a puppy. Well, that last one wasn’t medically related, but it’s just one more example of what kind of year 2009 was. It was also the first year of Mike going into full-time ministry.
I just called your husband to step out in faith, quit his engineering job, become a youth pastor, and begin his first of 793,000 seminary classes.
Get ready, girl.
p.s. I am with you always.
In the middle of that year, I was having lower left quadrant pain and other FUN issues. One day I specifically remember being on the bathroom floor – scratched cornea, broken foot, throwing up, cramps, and heavy bleeding. The doorbell rang and Mike answered. It was our friend from church bringing a meal for our family. I’ll never forget how I heard God’s voice in my heart at that moment.
I am always with you.
It was a quiet whisper that – by His grace – was a turning point for me.
“He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground, and steadied me as I walked along.” Psalm 40:2 NLT
God was merciful and allowed me to do some more walking before I had to go back to the doctor to revisit the discussion of endometriosis. Each year we’d talk about it but surgery wasn’t mentioned until December, when my sonogram showed a golfball size cyst. He’s going to do some other procedures while I’m under anesthesia, too. Hopefully I will avoid having a hysterectomy but that certainly is something I would ask you to pray about.
I’ll have the surgery on Wednesday at the hospital, but I should be in and out in one day.
Thank you for your prayers!