The Journey Takes a Turn
This week we received an unexpected phone call from Tom's surgeon. Tom's surgery last week did not obtain the clear margins needed to ensure all the cancer was removed. This means he will have more surgery to remove the rest of the cancer. This will take place next Tuesday, May 23.
We are reminded that we are not in charge anymore. Our days and times will be filled with appointments, tests, procedures and we will have to blend into this new world.
Tom is recovering well from the first surgery. He took his first walk outside today. I had hoped he would make it to the barn and back. But the nice weather helped him go past the barn and all the way to his deer blind. Savi was with us too and the energy and exuberance of a three-year old helped motivate him.
We received an email from our dear friend Kari who has been down this road before us. She said, "Things being out of your control can absolutely be frustrating and scary, but once I got past that ( it takes a while), and just resting in God's hands for those things that are clearly not in your control, there is a certain peace about it. After a while it seemed more clear to me how to deal with things- which things that were my "job" or "assignments" (exercise/ diet etc) and which were God's- like outcomes, infections, etc ."
So we are learning to trust God for those things out of our control including test results. Tom says, "We are trusting God each step of the way."
Thank you for the cards and especially the personal notes included with them. We read and re-read each one and they encourage us.
Here is a sampling of some from the past few days.