Thursday, April 26, 2012

Good News, Green Leaves and Post-op Complications


I am so thankful to have received news that the lymph nodes were benign and that there were clear margins around the melanoma (and the basal cell carcinoma on my ear).  I am so thankful for all of your prayers.  For your support.  For your compassion.  I can honestly say that I felt surrounded and held by love last Friday... blessed by a supernatural peace.  I will be forever grateful... to God and His people... my people... our people.  It is so very humbling to be the recipient of such love and grace.  So very humbling. 

Family and friends and food and flowers... Love and prayers and gifts from the heart.  Certainly, there has been more good from this experience than bad.  Even with a post-op complication at one of the lymph node sites (and now a seroma), I have had it good.  I have been lucky.  I have been blessed.  It doesn't always work out that way.  Why?  I don't have the answer. 

What I can tell you with absolute conviction is that:  the picture is always bigger than we can see.  We may never see or understand... our lives are only small, small pieces.  But, I do trust.  I trust that God loves you and me.  I trust that our physical bodies are insignificant compared to our souls.


My  heart especially goes out today to the ones that didn't feel lucky or blessed or get out by the hair of their teeth.   The ones who are still in the fire.  In the hard places.  In the hurt.  In the fear.  In the places you doubt... and question... and rage.  I pray.  Lord, I beg.  That these sweet souls find Your peace in the midst of their trials.  And, I thank You for Your love. 

Leontien, you remain in my prayers.

Andrea, as I am waiting to hear your results... I continue to hold you up in prayer.

I'm asking for your prayers again today.  This time for Brian, my step-son-in-law.  He has just been diagnosed with lymphoma.  He and Audra, Evan's daughter, celebrated their second anniversary in February; they have two precious children between them, who very much need the prayers for peace and support and for his healing. 

Oh, and the Green Leaves... well, let's just say that they have been being "UN-knit" as much as they are being knit.  Hopefully, there will be a post about them soon!  ;)

blessings and love ~ tanna

56 comments:

jean said...

Amen and amen and prayers lifted up for your son-in-law. So thankful for your healing.

Susan said...

It's not over, is it....this test you are going through. I am so relieved that your results are looking so well. And now your son-in-law....prayers for him also. Always remember you are never given more than you can handle. God Bless. Susan

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

Sweet Tanna so happy to hear your good news and will continue to pray for your healing.

I will lift up Brian and others as well as suffering has its way of rearing its ugly head...and with faith we make it through.

Chatty Crone said...

Praise God from whom all blessings flow. I have been so worried and praying for you. Now your SIL.

Are you all done with treatment?

And how sensitive you are to the feelings of others that may not have been so lucky.

You and I wrote on VERY similar things today - weird - I call it a God Wink.

I am so happy for you.

Love, sandie

From the Kitchen said...

i'm as happy as little man with a petit four at hearing your good news!! God is always good. i hope all is well w/you very soon. prayers for brian and the family.

best,
bonnie

Kerin said...

Tanna..
What a relief for you that you are through the worst of it.

Your heart must be heavy at the thought of what your son-in-law and his family are going to go through. Praying that they will have a healthy outcome, and treatments will be successful.

We continue to offer our prayers on behalf of those that have a difficult road ahead of them.

May they be comforted, and feel well.

Kate I said...

I'm so very happy to hear this wonderful news Tanna. You know you're in my thoughts and prayers and I have been sending much love and healing energy your way.

I'm also sending prayers out to Brian, Audra and their family for healing and a knowing of peace through this very worrying time.

(the green wool is so bright and fresh and reminds me of new beginnings.)

Tricia @ saving room for dessert said...

God is great! Prayers for Brian and Audra for healing and blessings. I am so very happy for you. So very relieved. Good news is hard to come by sometimes. This is great news. Have a wonderful weekend blessed with all the best!

Wanda said...

Dear Tanna ~ I'm so glad to hear this is behind you now. It's a wonderful thing to feel lifted up by prayer. I will always remember the support I had during my cancer journey in 2009.

Sending love...and your leaves are such a pretty color of green.

podso said...

I've had you on my mind and in my prayers a good deal over the past days and am delighted to hear the good news. But what a thoughtful post ... we just never know what's around the corner, do we, which is why there is such comfort in letting go to what God has for us. So sorry to hear about your son in law with his young family. I've been thinking about the tapestry of life and you have spoken so beautifully of it today.

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Jen Price said...

Such good news! Praying for your step son in law...

AndeM1 said...

Tanna....this is the best news. Prayer is an amazing thing isn't it..... I also received the best news....margins clear in my case also. Thank you so much for sharing, praying and sending hope to me.....it helped to carry me through those "fearful" times.... I am so thankful that we both received such good news. I continue to pray for those who are fighting......

I am sending Brian my prayers.....
Andrea

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Tanna, such great news for you. Sorry to hear the diagnosis for your step son in law. Definitely will remember him in prayer.

Deb said...

Good news, Tanna. Go out and celebrate tonight. Deb

Katherine said...

Praise God, praise God, praise God! Tanna, I'm so thrilled your surgery went so well, the margins are clear and the lymph nodes are benign. Wow- to have such great news in all areas is nothing but God's hands at work! Hope your post-op complication resolves itself soon. And continued prayers for a speedy recovery! Praise God!

Cindy said...

Dearest Tanna,
I am relieved and thankful to God for the good report. None of us understand why bad things happen to good people, but we do know that God knows.
A friend of mine recently went through lymphoma, went through treatments and is out the other side, giving God the glory for a healthy and strong body. I will help pray for your son-in-law.
Have a glorious day!
Hugs, Cindy

Donna said...

Hallelujah and amen! I have been thinking of you and praying for you and am so happy to hear the good news! I so wanted to be able to bring you something to make you smile....but there is that 'real' distance thing as opposed to this instant connection we can have.
This was such a wonderful post. I loved the part about the picture always being bigger than we can see...I wil be thinking on that for awhile.
I am so happy and relieved and joyful!
Will pray for Brian.
Love, d.

Deb said...

Tanna that is terrific news...isn't it amazing all the support you get from bloggers...they are the best...

Dana said...

I am so thrilled to hear that you got good results. What a blessing. And I'm so sorry to hear about Brian. So so sorry. I will definitely add him to my prayers.

TexWisGirl said...

so grateful for the clean margins! hurray! but so very sorry to hear of your family member's diagnosis. how incredibly scary for them all. prayers are a wonderful thing. we will add ours to yours...

Swanski said...

I am so happy for you :)

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I've been thinking about you and praying for the best outcome, Tanna, so I am so relieved that your margins were clear and your lymph nodes negative! Such good news and I'm sure that is such a big relief for you as follow up trestment will be less severe. God is truly holding you in the palm of His hand!

I am sorry to hear about your step son-in-law, Brian, and I will certainly add him and Audra to my prayer list.

{{{hugs}}}

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Blessings, prayers and good thoughts to you and your family Tanna. When we go through stuff like this one of two things happen. We either crumble or we get stronger. I'm glad to see you are stronger and your faith is not shaken. Keep us posted.

Amanda said...

Well said. A friend once told me that living life is like looking at the backside of a cross-stitch. It looks like a jumbled mess from our perspective sometimes, but God is working a masterpiece from his side of things. So relieved, so grateful, so happy that you got good news. And so thankful for more good than bad. ;-) I love you! xoxo

Lauri said...

Wow, love that cross stich illustration, Amanda. So true!!

I'm SO thankful for your results, Tanna, but so sad about Brian. That is a tough road for the entire family. Prayers and love coming your way.

Kelly said...

I am very glad to hear the good news with your health! I'm sure this has been a very trying experience for you. I will keep your son in law in my prayers too. Now it's his turn to fight the battle. Hopefully, his was caught early and he will soon be walking in your shoes. My MIL's brother has been battling lymphoma for years. I don't know the details about it, but he has been doing good.

steph said...

prayers are answered. blessings.

Debbie said...

I am standing with you in praise for the good news! I do all my petitioning with my eyes to this very type of moment.

And now, I'll be lifting Brian by name as well. "They" say that it never rains but it pours. Let's pray that what it pours is showers of blessing on your family.

Stitchfork said...

Good news! And more prayers sent your way...
xo Cathy

Laura said...

I am so glad for your news and I will be praying for Brian and his young family.

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

I am so happy to hear you felt surrounded and held by love!! That is amazing! Praying for Brian!

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Lifting up praises....and I have addressed this also recently, why for some and why not for others...but the truth is He is God and I am not...and yes He sees the whole picture, we do not

Praying for each that you mentioned...may they see the Lord mightily through their struggles.

Betsy said...

Oh what wonderful news! Hope you continue to heal well and recover fully. So very happy for you!

Shug said...

Tanna....have had you in my prayers daily...so glad that you have shared your good news..
I will definitely put your SIL on my prayer list...would love to also add him to our prayer list at church..
Thank you for trusting us enough to pray for these needs...
Hugs to you..
Shug

Pondside said...

I was about to shut down and go to bed when I thought 'just one more little read'...and there was your post.
I am so happy to read your news. I'm sorry for the post-op complication but happy for the big picture! You have been in my thoughts and now I can say a big THANK YOU prayer!

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

Can you see me??? I'm doing the happy dance here. So relieved that things went well and I'm praying they continue so. Also, my heart goes out to your son in law and all your family as you face this new challenge.

a happy little life said...

sooooo very glad to hear your news. continued prayers to you and your family!!!!
really a beautiful post written from your heart and it touched mine, really. there is such glory and comfort knowing the never failing love of The Lord.
xo tracie

Solar Powered said...

So relieved that you got such a good report. Sorry that recovery was rough. You are oh so sweet and we will be having your family in our prayers.

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh Tanna, amen sweetie! Prayers were answered! Will keep Brian in prayer too.

Deborah said...

That is such wonderful news and will keep praying especially for Bryan. Those green leaves are wonderful.

Christine said...

Your words are very inspiring to me.
Prayer,so powerful.
Faith, so comforting.
Family and Friend's love so needed.

Believe and stay steadfast.

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

Praise God!! I'm so happy to read the good news for you, Tanna! Your post is beautiful and brought tears to my eyes. I'm so very happy for you, but my heart hurts for Leontien and others that are still awaiting news or fighting for their lives. May God hear our prayers and bring about healing for these dear ones and for Brian. I hope your recovery will be speedy! (((Hugs)))

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I love Amanda's analogy too. To other people our lives look like a perfect cross-stitch. Only God see's the hatch marked side.

Be patient with your healing... my leg took what seemed like 4ever.
Blessings~~

nanny said...

So very happy that you had more good than bad....
Scary experience.


Hoping some good news for Brian..

You and Amanda have such a talent for expression. I love reading your posts! Love Amanda's analogy!!

Have a great weekend, my friend!

vicki said...

Tanna- what an emotional post---

I'm so very happy for your good news- God is good- and your blessing of continued good health is truly a wondrous gift. I know that you KNOW how very blessed that you are.

I've been reading your blog but had been unable to comment as we were out of the country and the Internet was most unstable-- but I've kept you in my prayers.

I will continue to pray for your Brian. I know all too well the lymphoma saga--- our best friend was diagnosed 7 years ago- today he is in remission. Tell Brian that he can beat this. Prayer is a mighty force.

Sending love-
Vicki

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

So glad to hear your news--will continue to pray for healing. Pray that your step son-in-law does well with treatment. I have two very close friends who are long term survivors of lymphoma. They have made great advancements in treatment, but it is still scary to hear. My brother-in-law is battling a rare cancer, but is doing well. Bless all those so afflicted.

Vickie said...

Tanna - great news! God is so good and He has answered your prayer and the prayers of so many! Will be holding your SIL up, too, in his battle. There are several around me that are dealing with this and other serious health matters. I'm so glad that yours worked out well. Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!

Catherine said...

Dear Tanna, I am grateful that your news is good.
I will keep your step-son-in-law Brain in my prayers along with Leontien.

Blessings dearest Tanna. Catherine xo

Emily said...

So good to hear that you are on the mend.

Sending prayers!

Debbie said...

Hey, Friend... Just catching up with you tonight and find this - such a poignant, beautiful prayer of thanks and intercession. I join my prayers to all others for Brian. The Scripture says that one prayer can put a thousand to flight, two prayers ten thousand. (Deut. 32:30) I thank the Lord for your good report, dear one. XO

The Little Adventures of LueLee said...

I am so glad everything came out clear :) I love you hugs and loves xoxox

Ana said...

Praise God! I am so happy to hear your good news my sweet friend. God is good. Sending you a great big hug...Keeping your step-son-in-law and his wife in prayer.

Hugs and Kisses,
♥Ana

Dianne said...

Dear Tanna...I've been away for the past few weeks visiting my children and grandchildren and am just now reading this! I'm thankful for the good news/results so far and will definitely KEEP you in my prayers! Will now try to catch up with the rest of your blog...

Hugs and blessings,
Dianne

Linda Leyble said...

Hi Tanna - I just found your blog (you ar following Nancy from Wild Oak Designs) and I decided to click into some of her followers - and found you!

So glad that you had good news and very sad about your step son- in-law. I pray that he gets good news - doctors can do wonderful things nowadays. My husband was diagnosed with cancer several years ago - and he has been doing very well. I had thought the worst - but he has been doing progressively better and better. He has a rare form of cancer - so I worried that the doctors wouldn't have as much research on it - but what they have been prescribing...has been working.

Your knitting is really beautiful - I wish I had the patience (and the eyesight) to do what you do. I'm just good with a paintbrush and trowel.

Please stop by my blog.

Thanks - glad to know you via your blog,

Linda

http://www.studioofdecorativearts.blogspot.com

leeni1176 said...

Tanna....so sorry to hear all that you've been going through but glad to hear that you are doing great.

Cancer is such a horrible disease. My sister is a breast cancer survivor (10 years now).

My son rides in the annual "Ride to Conquer Cancer" from Vancouver to Seattle (bicycle). This is his 4th year. He made this hilarious video, hope it can bring a smile to your face.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xn-XQVY-nyo&feature=youtu.be

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