Monday, May 10, 2010

Sweet Peace

Knowing that my PET scan was quickly approaching, I have spent a lot of time praying to be filled again with His sweet peace. He brought it to me in the beginning of this journey, and He has sustained me with it ever since. For over two years now I have relied on that peace and His strength to carry me, and my entire family, through this time. So, once again I was begging Him for renewed peace. No matter what the scan results show us, I know that I wanted to continue trusting Him.

I was filled with a special peace today. My appointments went well, and the scan went smoothly without overwhelming butterflies. I knew He was with me...right beside me while I sat, and carrying me as I walked. My sweet friends....you rallied,and He answered! Praise the Lord!!!!! For the first time after having a PET scan, we have received wonderful news! (And we've never received them on the same day!) The results are so hopeful and encouraging. I realize that I am not totally in the clear....but I believe this to be evidence of the miracle the Lord is working. I know much of the terminology will be confusing, but I thought it would be best for me to cut and paste what the actual report stated. I really like point 3. Oh, there is power in prayer....thank you, Lord! My heart is overwhelmed with praise to Him.

My next appointment is Monday...yes, I have been "promoted" from three appointments a week to two, and now down to one! I will let you know any more details that I learn. I know I still have a long road ahead of me, but I will give Him all the glory for this moment...for this wonderful news....and for the continuing work of a miracle.

The report stated:
1. Stable size and relative metabolism of right apical nodule and right anterior mediastinal mass, which are mildly metabolic, but not more so than the blood pool. These are favored to represent
postinflammatory changes after treatment.

2. Stable size of left lower lobe nodule measuring 7 mm, without increased metabolic activity. This may also represent treated disease or an unrelated infectious or inflammatory process.

3. No convincing evidence of recurrent or metastatic disease within the neck, chest, abdomen or pelvis.



Thank you Jesus for answering prayer and for your sweet peace!

I love you,
Melissa

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Time to Rally!

This coming Monday, May 10th, a PET scan is scheduled for Miss to show the effectiveness of her stem cell transplant. We can't begin to explain how much your prayers will mean to us for the good news we are expecting from this scan.

I truly believe that greater things are yet to come for my sister and her family. There have been many times throughout this experience where I so wish and want her to feel our every prayer and encouraging word we are breathing for her right now. I have often remembered a particular scene from a movie, either Patriot or Braveheart. There is a scene in which his small, weary army is about to face a troop of giants. They are discouraged and losing hope for the fight. Mel Gibson's character speaks the encouraging words to them, and you can see their hopes again rising as they are filled with the energy to face the giants, and also filled with the knowledge that they will be victorious.

Now while my sister has never seemed to lose hope for this fight, that scene still reminds me of what OUR prayers are doing....surrounding them and lifting them up....reminding them that we are ALL rallying together in this.

That we are all praying and believing that good things are taking place in her body...

and that GREATER things are yet to come, still to be done!

So will you rally together with me now? Will you stand beside me again in prayer for her, believing that the healing is already taking place within her... and thanking God for all the many miracles we have already seen along this way...

Standing with you in prayer!

Her sister,
Jenn