Experiencing God’s Grace in 2020: Our Cancer Story

| Bible verse, Cancer Journey, Health, My Thoughts

 

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end.  They are new every morning, great is Your faithfulness” – Lamentations 3:22-23

I will remember twenty-twenty for as long as I live. It was the year of the COVID-19 pandemic, lockdowns, panic buying of hand sanitizers and toilet paper, travel restrictions, U.S. election, remote work, unemployment, nasal swabs and the list goes on and on. For my family, it was the year when two of our dear ones had major health concerns.

In May-June, my Dad was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer. The findings were shocking and definitely caught all of us off-guard. But God, in His perfect wisdom revealed His plan one day at a time. I thank God for my Mom and sister who were with him during the duration of his hospitalization as he underwent several procedures. We had to coordinate his care remotely but God showed His grace in every step. I planned to go home in July but due to the complex travel restrictions, I decided to travel in December instead.

I bought my ticket for Thu, 12/10/2020 however, God, in His perfect wisdom had other plans for me/us. You see, several weeks prior, my husband had been experiencing symptoms of nasal allergy that later on progressed to left nasal obstruction. We consulted an ENT specialist and after being refractory to antibiotics, he underwent a biopsy on 12/3/2020. As we patiently waited for the result, I felt torn between choosing to go home or stay with my husband until the results are released.

Then God, in His perfect wisdom and timing released the results on 12/9, the day prior to my trip. I recall that day to be very busy at work and when my husbands Doctor revealed the biopsy result, I broke down in tears. “The results showed a type of Lymphoma,” he said. I was shocked and numb but had to quickly regain composure in order to take care of things: cancel my PTO, my flights, my hotel reservations, inform our families and look for Oncologists. Yes… there were a lot of tears shed from our families and close friends.

We got in touch with our Prayer and  Bible study group/s in Houston and all over the world.  We were overwhelmed with the love and support of family, our Pastor’s, friends, friends of friends, church mates here and abroad.  We were not only showered but doused with love, get-well-soon cards, money, gift cards, food and so much care.  We are forever grateful to be recipients of God’s grace and provision.

His appointments were set to 12/30/2020 due to the Christmas holidays but God, in His perfect wisdom had other plans. We were able to have his consult, tests and diagnostic procedures done by mid-December. By this time, the left side of his face and eyelids gradually got swollen and with the alarming blood results, the Oncologist advised to have him admitted on 12/29/2020.

God, in His perfect wisdom orchestrated all this to happen. On 12/30/2020, my husband met several medical Providers and Doctors, had more blood tests, bone marrow aspiration biopsy and insertion of a PICC line. I wasn’t allowed to visit him but he was such a trooper!

On 12/31/2020, he had his first radiation treatment in the afternoon and on NEW YEAR’S EVE, he had his first chemotherapy infusion. Yes, all in God’s perfect wisdom and timing. We never thought that he would be managed quickly and efficiently.  As you read this, please say a prayer for my dear husband – that the side effects will be tolerable and that God would continue to reveal His glory through our journey with cancer.

There are so many stories of God’s work in this process that I will share in another blog.  God, in His perfect wisdom just kept on surprising us, assuring us that He loves His children and that He will never leave us nor forsake us.  

Happy New Year!  May the good Lord bless and keep you!

Michelle

 

 

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