Tuesday, March 16, 2010


There are some words that can change your entire life in a heart beat. For my mom a few of these have been, "Will you marry me", "It's a boy", "It's a girl", "It's a girl", "It's twins", and most important; "Jesus". These words have a certain, life changing aspect to them, for the better.

And then there are some words that have a life changing effect to them in a different way, for my mom this was; "You may have ovarian cancer".

It starts off simple enough, slight pain in the abdomen. The pain increases, your doctor sends you to get a CT Scan to check for some possibilities, including appendicitis. But the results come back different than you could imagine.

It's no surprise that these words sent our family into a little bit of a frenzy. There were appointments to set up, family to contact, decisions to be made. My parents decided to stick with the appointment her primary care doctor had set up, but to also call MD Anderson to see if they could get an appointment with them. What a blessing that they live in Houston where MD Anderson is, one of the best cancer hospitals in the country. I flew in to town Friday night to help with the boys, and we tried to waste time all weekend until their meeting with the doctor.
Fortunately their meeting with MD Anderson went very well, and they have decided to cancel with the other doctors and stick with MD Anderson.

The course of treatment right now is to perform surgery next Tuesday (March 23rd). The surgery will take somewhere between 4-5 hours. They will remove the tumors, ovaries and all other things they deem necessary. They will be as aggressive as possible. During the surgery the pathology lab will also be looking into the tumors to see what we are dealing with. The recovery from surgery will take a few days, and then they will make decisions on how to move forward in terms of Chemotherapy.

To answer your questions... we are dealing the all of this the only way we know how. Through full trust in God, and a lot of sarcastic humor.

We are going to use this blog to update family and friends on the situation. I (Caitie) will be updating it for my mom, so that it is not one more thing on her plate. We figure this is the best way to get mass updates and prayer requests out, especially in the chaos of surgery and recovery.

We appreciate all the prayers, and please feel to leave comments and we will work at responding to them. The more prayer the better! We thank you for your support, thoughts, and love.

Please listen to "I praise you in this storm" by Casting Crowns if you are curious where the blog title comes from. What a powerful message, and a great reminder to us of the awesome power of God, and his mercy.

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