Monday, August 23, 2010

Today's treatment and update

Sarah's visit with Dr. Aaburg, the eye cancer specialist, went as smoothly as could be expected. Sarah was charming as usual and the nurses loved her. : ) The worst part of the morning was that she had to get 3 sets of eye drops, and she detests those. Other than that, no pokes, no pain, and no problems. He did some cryotherapy (freezing treatment) in there and injected chemotherapy into that eye. Then he came out and showed me the pictures he took today with the results from the last treatment.

He is very pleased with what he is seeing! He showed me where there used to be quite a few small tumors in there, and that they are all "dead" now except for one very stubborn one. That one is obviously the focus now. And even that one is making good progress, he said. It's so exciting to have such good results in just three weeks time. God is being so good to us. I know He could just wipe out that last tumor in the blink of an eye if He wanted to, but I guess He wants us to keep leaning on Him for a while longer. Sometimes there is a reason for the road to stretch longer than we would like it to if we had our way.

The cool thing is that after I had prayed and given this morning and it's concerns to God, I sat there in that waiting room all alone this time, and really enjoyed the time just soaking in the little things all around me. I put my feet up and sipped yummy hazelnut coffee, savoring the chance to read a good book. There was a couple sitting nearby who were speaking a different language, and I couldn't put my finger on what it was. Some Middle Eastern language maybe. And there was a different couple speaking Spanish. I love listening to people speaking in different languages. It just reminds me of how big our world is, and how neat it is to live in America where we can enjoy such diversity of different cultures in our own backyard.

And there were two ladies talking across the room from me who had just met each other. An older African American lady and a white lady not much older than me. I wished I could have been sitting over there because I would have loved to join in their conversation. The older lady was speaking in hushed tones, but with such passion and wisdom. I caught words now and then and could tell they were talking about husbands and children, and sharing about some hard times. You could just feel the years of experience emanating from this special lady, and her outlook was so positive and uplifting. I could almost guarantee that this woman knew the Lord, her sweet Spirit was so overwhelming. It was almost magnetic.

I enjoyed praying and thinking, reading and observing, and then of course I was so thrilled to hear the good news about my baby. Really, so much of life is a treat when you just allow it to be. It's all about not taking things for granted and just living in the moment.

And finally when we got home, Sarah listened to Itsy Bitsy Spider, and then we took a long nap. And really, does it get any better than that?


  1. Wow, that's such great news! Praise the Lord!!

    And I just love your perspective on all is likely the most stressful and trying time of your life and yet you keep a good attitude and notice special little details along the way.

    You are such a blessing to me and countless others, no doubt.

  2. I completely agree with Lori. :)

  3. I put a Sarah "button" on my blog. I am hoping the Lord will gather many many more prayer warriors for your princess.
    Please let me know if you want me to take it down for any reason.
    Holly- Purpose Driven Family

  4. So glad to hear the good news!
    And love to hear your refreshing outlook on life. I'm having trouble with my "road stretching out longer than I want it to" right now. I'll try to do a better job of enjoying the moment!

  5. God gave you such a peace on a day that could have been otherwise. We are rejoicing with you and Scott!!!
    I wish their was a way we could all get together in October?????

  6. Praising God for the wonderful results and for letting your experience joy in the midst of your trial.

    Praying and thinking about you all.