When I thought of 2013 I thought the toughest things I would face was turning 40 and figuring out what to buy my wife for our 18th anniversary. Then January 26th happened.
January 26th I went to have my yearly physical. My job pays for us to have a complete physical every year as a part of our wellness plan. During the ultrasound of my throat they found a lump on my thyroid. The Dr. assured me this was common and not to worry, but recommended me to see an endocrinologist. Wednesday, February 13th I met with Dr. Amanda Cunningham. She explained everything to me and then performed another ultrasound. She then informed me that the lump was fluid and solid, which meant the solid had to be biopsied. She took a sample and then went to check to see if she had enough for the pathologist. She returned to explain that it did not look good and that she needed to biopsy the lymph nodes as well. She called me on Monday February 18th to tell me that the biopsy had come back to reveal that cancer was found in the thyroid as well as the lymph nodes.
Cancer! Remember the hardest things I had to face this year? No problem on those now.
My first response was fear. Then peace. You know the peace the Bible refers to as the peace that passes all understanding. See God had shown me over the weekend that it would be OK. Now my only issue is “between now and OK”. That is my theme. I know He has this planned out. I know He will provide. I have already felt the love from family and friends. It is the time “between now and OK” that is not going to be easy.
I am going to have my thyroid removed and all the lymph nodes on the right side of my neck. A 5 to 6 hour surgery and 2 to 4 day hospital stay. This is not going to be fun!
So why am I telling you this? Number one is to encourage you to have a yearly physical. Number two is to pray. Pray that God gets the glory from this. Pray that healing comes. Pray that provision will be there. Pray for my bride and son to trust Him. Pray that I not be too much of a baby during the recovery process :-). I cannot tell how thankful I am for people who have already reached out to my family and me. God truly provides!