Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The test results show.......


NED, NED, NED!!! Yes, you heard right....No evidence of disease! They will not say that I'm cancer free but right now, there is no evidence. They did point out a spot on my liver that wasn't there before and will re-test it in 2 mos. but they don't think it is cancer either!! Praise the LORD!!!


Honestly, I started having complications last week that mirrored what I was having when the tumor was found. It caused alarm and so my Oncologist immediately set me up for a colonscopy today, that was not originally planned. As I got so sick, I told Steve, "I'm just sick of all of this"....so I went into to the hospital today just over it! I told God again last night, "Okay God, I only have a plan A and that is that I no longer have cancer....I'm standing on YOUR promises".


They were delayed as usual getting me in and back for the surgery but the staff are always so friendly. The doctor gave me pictures of my colon and you could actually see the sutures from my surgery last year (a foot of my colon was removed in July). The colon pictures looked like they came out of a medical book. If there is such a thing as a colon being pretty, well...it looked pretty good to me especially when they told me that they couldn't find anything and can't explain all the bleeding that I was having. I just think that God took care of that too!


My Oncologist started off the visit with talking about the spot on my liver, so at first I was alarmed. I finally asked him how concerned I needed to be since he was not offering this information. He said, "low" but they were going to monitor it closely just to confirm. I then asked if they would re-stage my cancer. He said, "once a 3, always a 3 unless it gets worse and then it would be terminal". The Oncologist looked at me funny for asking that question and Steve replied that I was looking for a promotion. I wanted to move to a better stage since now there is no evidence of any cancer. Right, it makes since to me.....


I must say that I didn't quite grasp how good the news was because I felt that I had to keep pulling it out of my doctor but by the time we walked to get my car....I just started feeling like my life was changing again....very hard to explain. A burden had been lifted and now I could breathe.


Since I had not eaten, Steve asked what I would like for lunch. The first thing I thought of was hot wings. It is one of my all time favorites! He and I went to Taco Mac and I told Steve they were the best hot wings I had in a long time. Steve said his was much better than normal. I'm not sure if they were that good or we were that relieved that a rubber tire would have tasted like a ribeye! ha.


I came home and immediately fell asleep, as I had not slept all night from being sick. I woke up and all I could think about was ice cream. I've not been able to have ice cream for about a year. I fell back to sleep and I woke up to hear the dogs barking and lo and behold, my husband who spoils me way to much was walking in with ice cream. Again, savoring something that was so painful before....was just heaven! :-)


Steve then started his teasing....now that you aren't dying, dip me some ice cream. ha. He said, I'm not being nice to you anymore, you are on your own! Love him....


The oncologist did give me something for nerve pain and aches so I'm hoping that this will give me better night's rest. I really need to get revved up to go back to work. They are going to release me to return to work full time in June! I had been trying to exercise everyday but my legs and ankles were so painful that I was unable to do it very long. So now I look forward to getting myself back into normal functioning day.


Anglea is graduating from High School, has prom coming up, a Senior Luncheon and then we have Awards night and my nephew's Kindergarten graduation. May is going to be a busy month but it will get me out most days and then will help me build up my stamina.


I've tried my best to reach as many people as possible so if this is the first you are hearing it, I'm sorry. I'm trying every forum possible to let everyone know because I know there have been so many people praying. Mom sent out texts and e-mails to I don't know all who....so you might see this again and again but when God does a great work, I want to make sure EVERYONE knows....


Last year, it could have been over in 3-6 months and today I've been given back my LIFE! Thanks to all of you.......as I always say, words are inadequate to express the appreciation and gratitude but God is the giver of the blessings so I know that HE will take care of you, just like HE has taken care of me.


I'm signing off to spend time with my family.

Love to all,

Leah

I know I'm rambling but I'm just so HAPPY!!!!



12 comments:

Vernie said...

Leah, as always, I'm attached to your blog as if were a leg or an arm- so when I read this blog from you I actually, for the first time, shed tears! I'm not an emotional person but right now, at 10:33PM, I can't help but shed tears of joy! I give honor and thanks to God for allowing me to travel this journey with you because your journey has been my journey and it has given me more than you will ever know. Your tests show NED, no evidence of disease, and my test show how strong my faith really is. Faith that God has the last say, and no matter what, he will not leave us alone, if we believe. I got to really know God thru you Leah, because I called on him so many times during the day for your healing, early in the morning and late at night, asking him to have mercy on you and your family, asking him to keep you and to keep you strong. I asked God to bring strength to you and all the others out there who are in a storm, help them to know God and know that he is all-powerful. I felt so connected to him and when I called on him, I felt his presence! Thank you Leah and thank God for you!

May this night, and all the others that follow, be embraced with love and thanks!

Love,
Vernie

Jana Floyd said...

I have to admit, I got a little teary too reading this!! I am SO HAPPY FOR YOU, LEAH!!! Praise the Lord! This is wonderful victorious news and God has once again, proved faithful and there every step of the way!! :)

Pam Nixon said...

Well, praise the Lord!!!! You have completed the "test" for your testimony! And you came through with wonderful victory and the outcome is a blessing for us all. I wish you a speedy recovery from here on. God IS good!

Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord!!

Christy

Jennifer said...

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord!!!! I am so thankful for His grace and mercy. He is always on time and a prayer answering God! I love you Leah and I am so thankful for the awesome news!

Anonymous said...

Oh, Leah, this is the best news and it is making my day! You have been such an inspiration to me and to many others I'm sure. I know you and Steve and the rest of your family are on cloud 9. We all thank God for this miracle for you and we will continue to keep you in our prayers of thanks.

Now, go out and Have a Great Day!!!

Tammy

Tina said...

PRAISE GOD!! I, too, have been praying for you, and will continue to pray for your pain. I can't wait for the day when I hear NED!
Thank you for sharing your faith and being such an inspiration!
I have to say, as I'm sitting here with my pump attached, I am wishing I could eat ice cream!! Hopefully in week....

Christi said...

Thank you for your un-wavering faith in Jesus Christ. There are tear drops on my laptop. My faith has been reassured yet once again. I can't speak for anyone else, but I can tell you that the example you have set for me in what it means to be a woman with un-dieing faith has moved me today in a direction that I never would have made without a push. You are more deserving of God's grace and mercy than anyone I know right now. I thank you so much for believing. Through your faith, and the work you allowed God to do in your life, you have strengthened mine. I thank God for giving you the strength to come through victorious. He has made you whole and everyone who reads this will see and feel the power of God in your words and now your testimony. That's what it was all about, right? His Glory! Thank you Lord!!!! Congratulations!! Proverbs 26:2

Donna said...

Leah,
I am so thankful for what God has done and is continuing to do for you. If you had not had faith in our Almighty God and determination to keep on keeping on it could not have happened. Your positive outlook and attitude regardless of how you felt at the time are priceless. Many times I have been uplifted and encouraged from reading your blogs as you always turned our eyes on Jesus. Truly God does shine through you.

We are so excited for you and still call your name in prayer as you continue to recuperate.

We love you and trust that your road to normal life will be a smooth one.

Donna New

Linda Shanks said...

Leah, you have stood the test and kept the faith. Our God is "FAITHFUL". What a mighty God we serve. I am wiping the tears away sitting here at work. I would imagine my co-workers wonder what is wrong, but it is not what is wrong but what is "RIGHT". This is the best news I could have expected to hear today. Much love and prayers is sent your way. I hope before long we will be able to plan a day to get together now that you are feeling better. I'm looking forward to it.
Love & Prayers,
Linda

mandy said...

God is so good! This is such wonderful news. I think you've made all of us tear up by reading this. God is just THAT wonderful.
= )

Eva Lou said...

This is the best news I've heard since our first Great-Grandchild arrived yesterday!...It's a Boy! GOD IS SO GOOD.