We are on our way back home! Yay!!!! It has been a great couple of days, but we are tired. God has been faithful in giving us rest and great results this week.
Yesterday, as I was having the MRI on my abdomen, Josh received a call from Dr. Babiera saying that my MRI on my right breast came back clear!! Praise God! In case you don't know or don't remember, they saw some calcifications on my right breast on my mammogram and wanted further testing. Even though I trusted God on all of this, I was concerned when they were concerned, and to know that came back clear brings me HUGE relief.
The abdomen MRI yesterday was interesting. I had to do several breathing exercises during the test by holding my breath for certain periods of time on and off. It was intense and not the most relaxing of tests; however, thus far I have really enjoyed my cat scans, bone scans, MRIs, xrays, mammograms, ultrasounds, etc... I spend the majority of the time praying, singing in my head, and claiming scripture. These are also times when it is quiet and doubts fill my mind and I get to put into practice taking my thoughts captive. Yesterday, while in my MRI those doubts started filling my mind and this is the scripture I kept claiming over and over.---
"Lord, when doubts fill my mind, when my heart is in turmoil, quiet me and give me renewed hope and cheer." Psalm 94:19
And taking everythought captive-- " We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets up itself against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." 2 Corinthians 10:5. God has truly used this time for me to trust in Him and His word.
Here's the thing though- had these tests not been good, I would still be trusting in the Lord. I am so thankful for these test results, but it is not human wisdom or tests in which I trust. It is God. For all you "Family-churchers":)- if you read your proverb yesterday, it told us to not be impressed with our own wisdom or wisdom of others.---
"Don't be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil. Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones." Proverbs 3:7-8
I've told God many times to use whatever He may to bring me and my family closer to Him. Sometimes, that means hardships, and I've questioned telling Him to do whatever it takes:) But, regardless of what happens, I choose to praise Him and trust Him. Ok, now I'm rambling!
We visited family here (Ms. Lynne and Mr. George- Ms. Nancy's mom) and stayed with them last night. We had a great time, ate good, and we were so thankful they let us crash their house.
I had the second round of chemo this morning and it went wonderfully. We had a new nurse this time, Grace, who was great and I still feel nothing:) We were back there 4 hours!! It takes about 2 hours once the medicine actually begins being infused.
I am so excited!!! We went to whole foods today, because I have completely changed my diet over the last 2 1/2 weeks to eating extremely healthy and eating recommended "cancer-fighting foods." It was amazing. We stocked up on some stuff that I am excited to try and eat... I am SUCH a foodie with a HUGE sweet tooth, and yes it deserves all caps:) So, needless to say, this has been a struggle for me, but I am in for the ride. It was exciting to find some foods I can eat:) We bought all this food with gift cards we received from so many wonderful friends- I can only try to repay all of you--thank you so so so much.
While we were there, we got a call from my sweet nurse, Aimee, to tell us that my abdomen MRI came back clear. Once again, praise God! I told you I knew the good news would keep on coming!!! They will do another MRI on the abdomen in 6 months to re-check, but everything looked good.
2 treatments down and 14 to go!!! Woohoo!!! Love you all...thank you for your specific prayers yesterday.
Oh, and here is a pic of me and Josh eating after chemo today with my wonderful mom:) I cut off some of my hair to get ready for the hair loss...I typically am a picture-picky person, but for the sake of my journey and for all of you, I've lost all inhibitions...not the best pic (4 hours in a hospital bed!), but just wanted to share one of me and my man today!