Friday, April 8, 2011
Calling All Prayer Warriors
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
Lord, we need to hear from You. I need to hear from You. I have been diagnosed with Ductal Carcinoma In Situ.
Praise the Lord I am His and God has already been speaking to me. Six weeks ago He very clearly and loudly said "get a mammogram".
It was the kind of voice you can not ignore. I can tune out my own voice really well, but when God says to do something, He does not let up until you do it. So I dig around to find the number. Call, expecting to get an appointment in a couple of weeks. They had an opening the next day.
It had been a couple of years since my last mammogram and that one was uneventful. So I really did not think much at all about getting it done. I knew it was time anyway.
I get a call back that they want further pictures because they see calcifications and want to see them more clearly. No need to panic. A lot of people have calcifications. Not necessarily at 40, but still it happens.
I have more pictures taken and they decide they want to do a needle biopsy. They tell me that I have
A Typical Ductal Hyperplasia.
Not necessarily cancer.
Then they want to do an incision biopsy to get more tissue. I have to be honest I was getting a bit concerned at this point.
Then I get the news. Inductal Carcinoma In Situ.
No one really knows how they are going to respond to that news. I had played it over in my head how I might react. Really all you can do is listen. Speaking isn't really an option and numbness is a reality.
My mother had breast cancer. Twice. She fought hard but lost that fight two years ago this past March.
The Lord told my sweet friend Lisa to tell me 'You are not your mother'.
I am standing on that word. I am also standing on the promise that He will never leave me or forsake me (Hebrews 13:5) and that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14).
So I need for you to pray.
Pray for God's continual protection.
Pray for healing.
Pray for the decisions that I have to make, that I would continue to listen to the Lord and His voice.
Pray for God to be glorified and that I would respresent Him well during this trial.
Pray for my sweet boys Michael is 12 and Alex is 9.