A Clear Path

Posted by on Sep 20, 2010 in Blog Posts | 18 comments

During today’s QT, I was encouraged by a verse in the New Living Translation.

“The LORD will be our Mighty One.  He will be like a wide river of protection that no enemy can cross, that no enemy ship can sail upon.” – Isaiah 33:21

Wednesday of last week I had my surgery to remove the area where the breast cancer had been.  It was a lumpectomy and axillary nodes surgery.  I was following the procedures laid out by the doctors with our agreement from the initial finding of the tumor.  Even though the MRI reported no visible cancer, I still had to proceed with the plan.  I’m learning you don’t cut corners with cancer.  Another step in all this will be the follow-up radiation.

The surgery went well and I came home the same afternoon with a drainage tube in the underarm and lots of steri strips over the other incision where the “tumor that was” had resided.  I even got a nice, new robe out of the whole deal.

Rob has been a trooper to change my bandages and help take wonderful care of me with the patience of Job.  What a guy.  I am blessed by his help and TLC.

Today, we went for our follow-up appointment with the surgeon to hear the results of the pathology report and to get the tube taken out.

Last night I was beginning to lose a bit of my resolve.  Tears were shed as I looked at myself in the mirror and saw the tube, no hair on my head still, and a huge supply of humiliation from the effects of chemo.  It can’t be helped, I know.  I guess I needed to cry.  But mixed in with the other emotions was also fear and doubt.  The fear was of going for the path report and not hearing what we were hoping to hear.  Doubt rippled out from that.  I prayed that God would prompt those who have been so diligent to pray for us through this to somehow realize I was a weak warrior last night and that they would step up their prayer watch.

So this morning’s verse seemed to offer that bit of encouragement and God-support I so needed in order to picture Him protecting me from further news that would overwhelm and pull me under my emotional flood.  I began to feel hope returning, faith growing strong again, and trust in Him taking over.

Rob prayed before we left for the appointment and off we went.

Ushered in quickly, I changed and looked at the grenade-like bulb on the end of the drainage tube and hoped this thing would soon be gone.  In walked the doctor and out came the news of the path report.

There is no cancer in the breast and none in the eight nodes!  

As my doctor said this I cried happy tears, not like last night’s tears of fear. 

He says it’s a miracle.  I agree.



  1. Praise God!!! Amy, I am so happy to hear your wonderful news! Last week I could not get you off my mind, now I know why!!! Many more wonderful blessings to you!! Toni

  2. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!! Amy I am crying happy tears for you today 🙂 Still lifting you up in prayer for the journey ahead but SO VERY THANKFUL!!!!

  3. Amy, I am in tears and praising God for your report.

    Love to you and your family,
    Buffy Swinehart

  4. Wow! What an answer to many prayers! Good job on your perseverance throughout this whole thing! I love you! I will continue to pray for the completion of this to go smoothly for you:)

  5. What wonderful news Amy and Rob!!! I praise God for His mercy toward you. You have walked THROUGH the fire and have been supported by The Almighty. Keep the reports coming and know that you will continue to be in the prayers of all your devoted friends. Love to you and your family……Remember who the discourager is and remember GREATER WHO IS IN YOU THAN HE WHO IS IN THE WORLD. Have a wonderful, relaxed evening. Much love, Susan

  6. Amy,

    I am crying tears of joy with you and for you at this moment!! Praise be to God . . . prayers answered and blessings bestowed! Being a cancer survivor myself, I will continue to pray for you and your healing – physical and emotional. I KNOW it takes it toll. If I could offer some words to you – do NOT let cancer define you, you have defied it in the face! Hallelujah! Cathie

  7. Prayers have been answered! Wonderful news, you’ve made my day!!
    I hope you now look in the mirror and see the beautiful daughter of God that you are. There are many things that cancer can not do, and change who you are, beautiful inside & out is one of them. We Love & Miss You!
    Michelle McNabb & Family

  8. What wonderful news! I couldn’t have started my day with any better! God is definitely still in the miracle business and He hears our cries of anguish and for healing. Halleujah! Grace and Peace! Lou Anne

  9. OH, I am so happy for you. Happy tears, Happy tears, Happy tears.

    Love you,

  10. We are all blessed to know you and to see your faithful walk with GOD. So pleased to hear those words of healing. I couldn’t even think of a silly poem to send you!

  11. Praise God! Hallelujah! I am so touched with this wonderful “Glory Moment” from the Lord! We were encouraged Sunday night to look for moments when God’s glory is revealed and this is a real Glory moment answers to prayer with a paper trail!:) God has plans for you I know and this testimony of His Faithfulness is only a part. I love you Amy…Hugs and blessings,

  12. Happy tears from me too! I am so thankful for God’s mercy and blessings!
    Love ya!

  13. Thank you everybody for sharing your joy in this news. God is faithful. I trust Him! To Him be the glory!

  14. Dear Amy, I am so glad to hear about your good news of no cancer. God is still in the miracle making business. You are such an inspiration to me. Please pray that
    God will use Dr. Flandry to reconstruct my broken left leg on Monday, Sept. 27. God bless you and continue to give you peace instead of fear. Lyn Shemwell

  15. Amy, What a blessing to hear such great news. I have been thinking and praying for you and Rob nonstop. What an inspiration you are to all of us. Love you. Angie Oakland

  16. Oh precious Amy! What awesome news! God is so powerful and faithful in HIS promises. You remain in my prayers for a restful but speedy recovery. I miss you!
    Love you, Tammy M.

  17. 1 Corthians 15:57

    But thanks be to GOD !!! HE GIVES us the VICTORY THROUGH our Lord

    Amy you are VICTORIOUS and we Praise the Lord for this awesome victory!!! I know you had to dig really deep for this victory so for this you can hug yourself as many times as you want!!! LOLL

    You have been in my thoughts for the last couple of weeks…that’s how our Holy Spirit works to keep us in tune in the Spirit realm.

    While reading your testimony I cried tears of joy for you and for the great healing power of our Lord!!!

    God Bless You !!!

  18. Hey! Just thinking about you and praying for you! I hope all is going as well as you have expected! Hang in there! I love you!

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