We had good news today. We met with the oncologist, Dr. Michaela Banck at 1:30pm and found out that for sure the metastases were from the colon, but we got the good impression that Anne's cancer was very treatable. We didn't want to hear any prognosis numbers because we're confident the numbers don't mean anything when you have God on your side. We also met with a colorectal surgeon who gave us great news--Anne really won't need surgery because she hasn't had any symptoms of obstruction or bleeding. Praise God for that! We decided to stay here to get her first dose of chemotherapy on Monday, April 27th. She'll be getting her colonoscopy as planned tomorrow (she's loving the prep) and then a Mediport will be placed on Friday.
We'll be going to Autumn Ridge Church on Sunday. Our friend Mark Reed back home at Hopevale made some contacts for us and I've been contacted by Pastor Gary Seaquist who we will hopefully meet tomorrow as well. We've also been invited to a meeting tomorrow night by Helen Laasch, a fellow Centurion who I am looking forward to meeting. We also received an email from Barbara Barnes, another member of Autumn Ridge, who works at The Hope Lodge, a facility where people receiving cancer treatment here can stay for free no matter how long then need to stay. Thankfully, God has provided for us so well that we won't need to stay there, but I'd like to visit to see how it works. Something we can work on for Saginaw.
The outpouring of love and prayers from friends and even strangers (whom I will define as friends we haven't met yet) is so awesome you can't imagine. We have gotten emails from loads of people, and text messages and phone calls. Facebook friends have also been keeping in touch and praying for us. I have to think that the age of communication that we are in is now a good thing--I wasn't so sure before. But the comfort we have received from this outpouring of friends is something I can't begin to describe. It is certainly making it easier for Anne to go through all of this. Of course, she is the nicest person I know, and she used to say "It's nice to be nice to the nice". I don't know of anyone who doesn't like her once they meet her. I'm still amazed she even likes me.
I'm not sure if many people know that it was by Anne's insistence that I go to church to hear Michelle and Heather sing in the choir at St. John's Episcopal Church in Saginaw. At the time I was a card-carrying Atheist, but by her bringing me to church, the Holy Spirit was able to do His thing and here I am. I can't be happier. Our spiritual journey has led us to a place where we are at peace with whatever God has in store for us. We have confidence in His will and know there will be healing. He has given our physicians the skills needed to do their best for us and has given us the prayer warriors we need to help us get through this. God Bless you all.