Proverbs 16:1 ” We can make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer”
God constantly reminds me that His ways are greater than my own. Many times I think I am going in the right direction, only to find myself reevaluating and changing course. The important question is, “Is this God’s will or my will?”. I have to make sure that I am not calling an audible on what God wants for me.
Here is a funny movie scene of an example of what the world can do to us when we audible out of the play God has sent in from the sideline. . .
On Friday, Jasmin and I were able to meet with a third oncologist. To rehash a little, we have seen two oncologists. Both have been in agreement that Jasmin needs chemo-therapy and surgery. One oncologist is of the opinion that surgery generally comes before chemo-therapy and that Jasmin should follow this more common path of treatment. The second oncologist, feels that the aggressiveness of Jasmin’s tumor warrants chemo-therapy first.
The rationale behind chemo-first is this: the assumption has been made that the cancer has spread to other parts of Jasmin’s body at a microscopic level. While no other tumors have been visibly detected, which is a VERY good thing, the theory goes that the cancer cells are still present in other places than the breast. Therefore, the timing of chemo-therapy is a big consideration.
If you perform surgery first, there is a two to four week recovery time before chemo-therapy can begin. However, once you do begin the treatment, it can focus solely on the microscopic cancer in the body. The down-side to this approach is that it allows for an additional two to four weeks for those microscopic gremlins to multiply, hang out with one another and try to form new tumors.
Surgery first or chemo first. . . that is the question.
On a side-note. . .
Is there any way Jasmin and I would have been able to see three oncologists, two surgeons, perform a surgery to place a medi-port, have a radiologist biopsy Jasmin two separate times, once with a pathologist on stand-by in the room waiting to analyze the samples, and meet with a high-risk OB all in 10 days time in ANY other country? My answer is not a chance. I don’t live in other countries but I have heard the stories. GO VOTE!
Back to the question at hand. Before we moved forward, we wanted the chance to meet with a third oncologist. A tie-breaker if you will. . .best two out of three. Would you believe that we were able to meet with a HIGHLY regarded oncologist on a Friday when she was scheduled to have her day off? Believe it and thank God. The Holy Spirit called an audible for us and we were able to meet on short notice. Scratch that. I guess there is no such thing as an audible to God. Given the fact that all of this has been known to Him since the beginning of time and all.
The appointment went well. We heard some good news and some not so good news. However, at the end of it all, she looked Jasmin in the eyes and told her that her cancer was curable. She told her that she recommends chemo right away. Did I mention that this is a curable cancer?
The doctor’s assessment of the cancer included some interesting information regarding the pathology reports and the chemistry of Jasmin’s specific cancer cells. I will have to share this education we received in another post.
Leaving this appointment, we felt confident that Jasmin should proceed with chemo-therapy first. The oncologist we chose is Dr. Ronald Drengler. He came highly recommended and appears to be on top of his game. We feel fortunate to have found such a highly regarded doctor for Jasmin.
Jasmin begins her chemo treatments tomorrow morning at 10:30. Please be in prayer for the following;
- The chemo drugs work effectively with
minimal no side effects on Jasmin (Pray BIG, this is God we are praying to)
- Safety, good health and peace for our baby girl. AND that she stays put.
- Comfort and peace for Jasmin.
- Eyes to view our circumstances with an eternal perspective.
- For others to be pointed to Jesus through this trial.
- Wisdom that we do not try to audible out of the plans God has for Jasmin and our family,
Thank you friends for all of your prayers!