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