Good news, great news, and greater news

So the good news is I was able to have chemo last Thursday. Funny how being denied chemo for a day while the dermatologist checked on my skin issues was so infuriating and then being allowed to have the infusion with all the nausea, headache, and exhaustion is now good news!! But in this fight I don’t want to back down! So with that last infusion, I am now finished  with half of my chemotherapy. It’s always nice in a race when you pass the half-way point.

The great news is the biopsy from my blistered hand revealed it was just a reaction to the drugs and not one of the very scary diagnoses the doctors were worried about. My hands are much better, the stitches from the biopsy will be come out next week, and I am thanking God for his protection of my body as I submit it to the rigors of chemotherapy.

“Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; say to those with fearful hearts, Be strong, do not fear, your God will come, He will come with a vengeance; with divine retribution He will come to save you.” Isaiah 35:3-4

Now for the even greater news—I had an ultrasound today to check on the effects of chemo killing the cancer and the tumor has shrunk by almost half!! Praise God for his faithfulness!!

Since I was first diagnosed with breast cancer in late April I have held on to God’s promises in His Word. Specifically Isaiah 53:5, “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” One of the things I love about this verse, especially as someone battling cancer, is the verb choice and tense—are healed. Not may be, now could be, not someday possibly, but we ARE healed.

For the past eight weeks during chemo I was thanking God for healing me without seeing any healing. “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1

The ultrasound today was a nice visual of what God is up to.   🙂

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17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kim Fredrickson
    Jul 20, 2012 @ 05:58:12

    Yahoo! I’m rejoicing with you Erin. Thanks so much for sharing the great, fabulous news!!!! I will continue to pray for you and your treatment as you rest in HIs arms.

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  2. Tom Ruscica
    Jul 20, 2012 @ 06:18:19

    Erin, I just can’t describe what an inspiration youve allowed yourself to be through your words and this battle. Keep going. Many are with you.

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  3. Jenayu
    Jul 20, 2012 @ 06:48:49

    Erin-
    So glad to hear all of this great news!! God is amazing in His faithfulness. His love surely is shining down in you and your faith is growing even more each day. Keep fighting! God will fight for you, too. His love alone proves that.
    Praying for you and yours!
    Jenayu

    The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. (Lamentations 3:25 ESV)

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  4. lifeofministermom
    Jul 20, 2012 @ 12:19:20

    Erin, what marvelous news!!!

    I’m so encouraged by this, and I’m glad you are standing on the promises of God’s Word!

    “So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect, useless], but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11(AMP)

    Patricia

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  5. DT
    Jul 20, 2012 @ 17:34:20

    So pleased to hear how the Lord is at work. Praying about your second half (of chemo and tumor), and trusting that God continues to guard your heart and mind through this process. Blessings.

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  6. Judi
    Jul 20, 2012 @ 19:06:45

    So thankful for you, Erin, that your tumor is shrinking. God is blessing you, as one of His faithful servants…keep smiling and seeing your cup as half full! Attitude can determine healing and our attitude grows in positivity as we allow God to lead in our life. Way to go, Erin!! My prayers for you as you continue on…Judi

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  7. Charlotte McCarra
    Jul 21, 2012 @ 05:12:41

    Love reading your updates! Praying everyday 🙂

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  8. a_seed
    Jul 23, 2012 @ 00:22:04

    Good performance Erin 🙂 both the treatment and your health. Praise the Lord!

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