Monday, September 24, 2007

Breast Cancer

Last Thursday Liz had a lumpectomy to remove two small tumors from one of her breasts, In addition, she had a “sentinel” lymph node removed for biopsy. One of the tumors had previously tested positive for cancer. The other was so small that it could not be tested. I am happy to report that the sentinel node was clean.

It has been more of a strain than we realized until the procedure was over – a strain on Liz of course but also a strain on me. Now there is an undercurrent of anxiety as we wait a week for the results of the biopsy on the removed tissue.

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
-- Psalm 46.

Liz and I thank all of you for your prayers and kind thoughts. I also especially thank the MadPriest of High Heaton for linking to this post.


eileen said...

Prayers for both of you. May God indeed be your strength and refuge during this time of waiting, and, take some of my strength, too.

Grandmère Mimi said...

Allen, prayers ascend for Liz and for you, too. I had breast cancer over 20 years ago. I know the feelings and the stress and anxiety. The uncertainty is terrible, too. God be with you.

May the light of God's healing love shine upon Liz and heal her in spirit, soul, and body, and make her well and whole.

May God give you both strength and courage. May God grant you his peace that passes understanding to keep your minds and hearts in Christ Jesus.

Bluebird said...

You have my prayers for healing, for comfort during the waiting, and for strength and courage.

Linda McMillan said...

Prayers ascend for you...

Christopher Hofer+ said...

Allen and Liz,

Rest assured of prayer for both of you, especially for Liz, as you wait. Perhaps the worst of all is the wait. May you have the patience of Job during this time.

In love and prayer,


Catherine + said...

My prayers for a continued positive recovery are with you, Liz. I have just finished the ordeal myself and though still on mend, understand completely the roller coaster.

I will keep you in my prayers and ask your prayers for a priest in my neck of the woods who has been recently diagnosed with breast cancer. You can name her as Rev Mary in your prayers if you would, please.

Thank you.