Tuesday, July 11, 2017

After the 1st Appointment

We went to the doctor today.  It is serious.  Based on what we know, before scans, bloodwork, etc.  He believes we are looking at a Stage 4 Cancer.

He said we needed to be aggressive.

Today we did blood work.
Tomorrow we go for a CT Scan in the morning.
They are hoping to get us back in to see the doctor after the CT scan results come in and then get the first round of chemo to begin on Thursday or Friday.

Next Tuesday we will have a Pet Scan, and the following week my port will be put in.

In the mean time, we will see a general surgeon to remove the J-P Drain as soon as possible.

It hit me hard today.  When the oncologist said, "This is worrisome."  I broke down into the ugly cry.
After I got it back together, we started talking strategy and I felt much better.

So please be patient with me as I process this with our family.

Like I told my kids today, "God numbered my days before I was even born."  He knows the length of my life.

He is still very much in control, I am not.

I love you all!  I am leaning on the the encouragement of family and friends.  My life is in His hands!

In Him Who IS ABLE,



Darlene Groover said...

Julie, We don't know each other personally but, I am Ambers mother and Meredyths grandmother. I know of you and your mighty Love. I have been praying for you since I found out after your surgery. As you already know our Almighty Father has a plan. Your strength is overwhelming but, please know even strangers are praying for you and your family daily.
Strength in Christ
Darlene Groover

Pamela Gilliard said...

Mrs. Julie,
I am Pam and Mike Curtis' daughter. I want you to know you are in my prayers as well as your family. I read your blogs and you are an inspiration even when you don't try to be. You and Mr. Ben are such wonderful people. To do the things you have done for the children you have gives encouragement to us parents with children coming up in this world. I pray for God's will and healing in this whole situation. My life verse is Psalm 121:1-2. It has gotten me through so many hard times in my life I hope it is comforting to u.

Love and prayers
Becky Gilliard

Kathy Hendrix said...

God also guides the hands of those who treat and medicate as well. Lord please send them in the right direction the first time as the work she had to do for you is still so much within her.

Choosing Joy in Christ said...

Sweet Julie. I am blessed by you my friend. I pray for you daily.

Mary O'Brien said...

Julie, I am friends with Kelly. Please know that you and your family are in my daily prayers.

Isaiah 58:8 - Then your light shall break forth like the morning, Your healing shall spring forth speedily, And your righteousness shall go before you; The glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.

Unknown said...

Praying for you and your family. Your CRES family is here if you need anything at all. Shawny

Pamela Jones said...

Julie, praying for you and lifting you up. God is in control. He loves you and has you wrapped in his love.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry you are having to go through this. I know you and Ben are overwhelmed and worried, but your faith is strong. You are right. God is in control. I have found (during George's illnesses and treatments) it helps ME to focus on the treatment plan, learn as much as I can and move forward facing the treatment as a big project. It may sound too simple, but it helps us both to face each step as part of the bigger plan. I pray your doctors will start you on the correct path toward healing, that you tolerate the treatments as well as possible and that your faith remains strong and sustains you through this.
Having an ugly cry is sometimes just what you need. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Ann and George Alford

Tim A. Setliff said...

Hey Julie - I can't imagine what you are going through. I believe you have to have experienced cancer to understand. Something to encourage you.

When I was in college, I felt weak and sick every day. I went to the doctor and he did blood work, the results showed "something was wrong with my blood". I asked the doctor if it could be leukemia. He said, "Yes". He wanted to redo the blood test to confirm the problem. We took another sample and sent it off to the lab.

That night, my wife looked up leukemia in the encyclopedia (1977). I had every symptom of leukemia. My friends were praying. On Friday, I went back to the doctor. He said, "They must have misread the blood-work. Your test came back negative.

I told this to a friend. He said, "Tim, I believe God healed you, we were praying." I want you to know that we are praying for you and believe that God is going to heal you! God bless you!