Sunday, April 27

I've been Tagged ~ Tag You're it!

Hello to my friend Jaderocks,

Who has tagged me~

I'm finding it a challenge to write just 6 words for a memoir, hmm.
Now you see, I must tag at least 5 of my blogger friends, I have it!

There are many reasons why I feel this way. My number one reason is, next month will mark 5 years since my husband and I went through a huge challenge (most difficult one yet) without God this would have been fatal.

Chuck (my hubby) had been having trouble eating, he'd eat then feel sick to his stomach had a little cough going also. After he had spoken to his father and a younger brother about this matter, they suggested having his gallbladder checked as his father was going in to have his out and his younger brother already had it done. So, he went to our doctor, who lined up a series of tests, one of which was an MRI. The results came back showing that his gallbladder was fine, however, he had 3 spots on his left lung as well as his lymph nodes had a lot of extra activity going on. Our doctor then refered us to a local oncologist (cancer specialist) who counciled us on treating stage 2 lung cancer. Doctor said to make our decision quickly as this required immediate attention he wanted to do surgery in no longer than 2 weeks. During surgery if the doctor didn't like what he saw with Chucks left lung he would remove the lung and put Chuck on Chemo and radiation to rid him of the cancer, (life expectancy for people with lung cancer, at most 5 years fter diagnosis). We were so blown away by all this for days all we could do is cry. We made an appointment with our priest for a healing of the sick, we talked about a second opinion (always get a second opinion in a life changing diagnosis)but the military is usually unwilling to pay for seconds. We prayed that this would be an exception to policy. Our prayer was granted, I have a few frinds that are RN's; I got on the phone and started asking questions about hospitals that specialized in lung cancer we ended up in Rochester, NY at Strong Memorial. Dr. Fines came in put up the MRI films, talked with us about the spots and the lymph nodes, after our conversation the doctor gave us an option of waiting 3 months then coming back for an updated MRI. We decided to wait it out and prayed that he would give Chuck a second chance (you see Chuck is not a smoker) sure we smoked in our younger years but decided it wasn't for us. God granted us our graces after we returned to Rochester 3 months later, we are traveling to see Doctor Fines for our diagnosis. We stopped to go potty at a rest stop off I 90 and upon getting out of the car (this was a messanger of God's) a man holding a ladies hand (total strangers to us) looked at Chuck & I and said; " Everything is going to be all right!" It sure was, the MRI revealed the spots were shrinking, however, the lymph nodes were still very active, which indicated some sort of a fungal or bacterial infection within the lymph nodes themselves. "Thank you dear God!" However, the next problem was the lymph nodes that were affected were behind the main artery to the heart very difficult area to get to. Now keep in mind for over 3 months my husband & I thought he really did have stage 2 lung cancer, BUT there was something in my heart or mind that told me hold up, God is in charge here, have faith, God not only gave me faith he gave me strength and knowledge to help me help my husband through this trial in our lives. We still had weak moments especially nights when we lay holding each other praying that God would not separate us just yet, not like this... Our prayers were answered, and Chuck has been cleared by the Radiologist and Oncologist that there is no fungus left they got it all, he is a healthy man. If we had gone with the first doctors opinion we know he would not be here today because, that Doctor was sure it was cancer. No doubts, as I questioned him a number of times during our consultation. As did I the second Doctor, who stated; "If I was a betting man, and I'm not, I'd bet it isn't lung cancer."

Thank you God and Doctor Fines for our second chance~ Amen

So, my 6 word memoir is:

"Give your troubles to your Lord"

Get ready I'm gonna tag ya

Mel's World
Farm Chick
Eggs in my basket


Jaderocks said...

Mel that was a touching story and a beautiful memoir. I am very glad that your hubby got a second opinion. News like this really makes you take stock in yourselves and each other. My sister was diagnosed with colon cancer 4 years ago and our family was devastated. She has been cancer free for 3 years now and I cherish everyday I have with her now.
I'm sure that you and your hubby appreciate each day and each other more after a scare like that.
Have a beautiful day!

Mel's World said...

WOW Mel, that is so awesome!!! We serve a GREAT and MIGHTY God, don't we?

Look what I just got in my email this morning...

Some people think God does not like to be troubled with our constant coming and asking. The way to trouble God is not to come at all.
-D.L. Moody

My 6-Word Memoir was this...
"Passionately Pursue God's Purpose Every Day" (Which is pretty much how I live my life)

I loved your story and your honesty!

Vickie said...

Hey Mel,

It seems impossible that it has been 5 years. I remember when you told me and thinking this can't be happening and wishing that we weren't so far away from each other. In the end our prayers were answered and the outcome good. But I still do wish we weren't so far away from each other but I'm not moving up there! lol Love Ya Cuz :)

Farm Chick Paula said...

Very powerful and beautiful story, Mel, thanks for sharing. And I love your memoir. I posted mine, but you have to visit me to see it! LOL (I'm such a tease.)

Mel said...

Thank you all, for taking the time to stop in. It's so nice to see you stopped and read my memoir. "God is Good" and I'm so blessed to feel his many graces. I could not imagine my life without my hubby Chuckles. Vick~ I would so much love to live near you.