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    The Ball is Rolling….10 Days!

    Ten days! That’s how soon I’ll have my surgery. Yippee!!!!! I’m so excited, so over-the-top thrilled! And I can’t stop praising God for His goodness. In case you’ve been following this journey, here’s an update of what’s happened and what’s happening next: Yesterday, 6.15.15, I had a TEE (transesophageal echocardiogram), which basically takes internal pictures of your heart while you’re under light sedation. This procedure confirmed that I have severe aortic regurgitation and moderate mitral valve regurgitation. Tomorrow, 6.17.15, I’ll have a cardiac catheter procedure (please pray they find a vein for my IV. My tiny veins like to hide, but not tomorrow!) Early next week I’ll have my first…

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    Roar Back

    Mid-Saturday morning, I received the most hurtful email. The writer shared how her and her friends read my blog, and she basically surmised in bullet-point format their thoughts on how I had failed as a Christian.  I’ll only repeat a few of their comments…so hang with me. I promise there’s a redeeming reason in why I’m reopening this wound, and why a small part of me is thankful for her gumption to send the message my way. One person said I’d lost my witness when: “she made the doctor her god. She is a hippocrit.” And another, “Her condition is not critical.” And the one comment that still stings, “What gives…

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    Search Me {And Surgery Update}

    I’ll never forget the day I learned my cancer had returned. Standing in the kitchen, I gripped the phone as my oncologist shared the news. My knees gave out, and I slid to the floor. Deep from within, moans I’d never heard before bellowed out. Shock, fear, and then anger set in as I shouted to God two words: “Why me?” What had I done to deserve this? Looking back, I now see that God had a plan, one which included a great deal of earthly pain on my part, but would eventually turn into back-to-back miracles on His. His plan, the best plan, would slowly unfold over the years…