LET ME TELL YOU WHAT JESUS DID
In January, 2011 a lymph node on the back of my neck just below the base of my skull began to swell. Over the course of three months, many rounds of antibiotics and discomfort, on Friday, March 4 I fell onto the floor in blinding and excruciating pain. Its source was the now egg size mass, and the pain radiated up through the left side of my head.
Thankfully my husband was there when it happened and I could speak only to tell him that I did not know what an aneurysm felt like, but what I was feeling was as though my head would soon explode and I would surely die. The feeling was real; one of those things you just know.
We rushed to the emergency department in Dallas Veterans Hospital after consulting my physician. Once seen, I was immediately given high doses of morphine to control the pain. Every two hours they came with an injection, sometimes more frequent as the pain would not dissipate. This continued as they ran tests and told my husband and me that I would be admitted to the hospital that this was looking like a more serious problem than once thought.
Eight days later, two Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) biopsies, CT scans with and without contrast, and continuous morphine, the doctor came with news. She told us that all bacterial, fungal and viral infections had been ruled out. Other usual causes too, were negative for cause. She said I had blood cancer. We were stunned. My husband turned on his recording device and we asked the doctor to tell us again the findings and explain how she could be so sure I had blood cancer.
The doctor said there is nothing else left that could be the base cause of this problem and the mass is growing daily. She said it was either lymphoma or leukemia and an excision biopsy would be the final proof – proof only to what kind of cancer. She told us she was sorry but we could hope for lymphoma, as it is curable; however, she felt it was leukemia.
Devastated we cried, called family and simply reacted in the first hours of that news. Then as each of us got alone with Jesus, we both knew this could not be; another thing you just know. Devastation turned into determination to believe the report of the Lord. I was dismissed from the hospital, March 11, packing morphine and two other powerful drugs while awaiting surgery scheduled for March 31.
So many people and churches responded to the prayer requests and our church, Family Life United Pentecostal in Corsicana committed to prayer and fasting continually through this entire ordeal. I was so humbled and grateful and will never be able to express my sincere gratitude. But one thing is sure, God will bless them.
By the time the surgery date arrived, the mass had shrunk to the size of a pea and the surgeon was puzzled. Nonetheless, the lymph node was removed and I was released awaiting final results. I was once again told, it would be either lymphoma or leukemia and the biopsy would determine the stage and course of treatment necessary.
I was hesitant to go to Texas Women’s Conference, April 7-9, because my biopsy results were not in and my surgical wound was healing. My husband encouraged me to go ahead; he felt peace about the entire situation. Thank God for my husband and his sensitivity to the Lord’s unction.
On the way to Conference I got a call from the nurse coordinator over the clinic who told me that the diagnosis was one she had never seen before and did not know how to explain it to me. She related that I did not have lymphoma or leukemia or any type of malignancy. PRAISE THE LORD. She simply said it was a blood clot that the doctors would have to explain.
On April 14, 2011 my husband and I met with the doctor. He turned on his recording device. The doctor echoed the comments of the nurse “you do not have lymphoma or leukemia or any type of malignancy,” “but in six years of working in this field I have never seen a diagnosis such as this.”
She explained that the pathologist said the lymph node just died and all the blood vessels collecting around it simply died. HA – The LORD dried it up at the root!!!
To be prudent the ENT clinic will follow me for two years in the event this is a pre-cursor to lymphoma and refer me to a cardiovascular specialist in the event there is some sort of vascular disorder. But I know a GOD, whose name is Jesus, who healed me from not only this, but the doctor said she noticed I had Barrettes Esophagus (pre-cursor to esophageal cancer) for years. However, the endoscopy report done while in the hospital showed I no longer had Barrettes – and to that she said it was a miracle.
If you are faced with the impossible in mans eyes, be encouraged. All things are possible through God! He may not answer the same way every time, but Jesus will see you through.
see you around the path ~ DebraChristianity, Journals and Diaries, Motivation, Religion, Spirituality, Uncategorized