Good morning, faithful viewers and friends! I have refrained from saying anything about my health issues until I learned exactly when my surgery date is to be scheduled. A few months ago I started awakening with a heaviness in my kidney area and swelling around my ribcage. I felt nauseated and was certain a big kidney stone was the culprit, as these were the symptoms I experienced before with them. I had to have one zapped in 1999 as it was too big to pass. I waited and drank lots of fluids hoping to pass it, until I started having excessive bloating (some days to the point of not being able to fit into my clothing), nausea, and some lower abdominal cramping.
So after about a month of this, off I went to the doctor to tell him about my kidney stone and my misery. He agreed that it was probably a stone and set me up for a pelvic CT scan. I was right, of course! lol I did have a small stone that is passable, BUT I was also told I had a huge, dark mass on my right ovary and needed to see my ob/gyn right away. To say I was quite shocked at this little piece of info would be an understatement! My ob/gyn informed me that the mass was a tumor about the size of a cantaloupe, and after examining me and doing a pap smear he wanted an ultrasound right away, a C-125 test to detect cancer, and also a biopsy of the uterine wall. All which came back benign, Praise the Lord!
My dr. held hands and prayed with me that first visit, and we were both reduced to tears as we strongly felt the presence of the Lord invade that stark little room. My skin was crawling with the "Holy Ghost bumps" as dear Carrie loves to call them, and I quite like that description! I walked out with a smile on my face which totally surprised my husband, who didn't know I had just left the very tangible presence of the Lord! In a dr's office? My God is everywhere, my friends, and is with us wherever we go!
I just had my pre-op with my dr. and now I'm appealing to you, my dear friends here at OWG, to please pray for me to go through this surgery with flying colors! The dr. is going to try to perform the less intrusive Band-Aid Laparoscopic out-patient surgery through the navel which would involve no more incisions – and healing time would be a week and two weeks until I can drive. He said tumor may be too big, but I told him I knew HE could do it and he laughingly accepted the challenge. If the tumor is tested and it is cancerous he would have to perform a total hysterectomy and my hospital stay would be 3 days and a lot of bucks! Please believe and agree with me for no cancer, a quick recovery, and the less intrusive band-aid surgery (or even better that it will shrivel up and be gone!), in the name of Jesus! Surgery is scheduled for July 8th, 2014.
**I wanted to add one more very important thing, ladies. Please keep up with your ob/gyn app'ts and your mammograms! Ovarian cancer and tumors are often highly overlooked by a primary care dr. If you are experiencing any abnormal abdominal cramping, spotting, nausea and abnormal bloating especially ABOVE the navel from stomach and extending over the ribcage, please see your gynecologist ASAP! Don't just assume that your stomach is simply getting fat, b/c that is what I thought! Better safe than sorry. Actress Jill Ireland died from ovarian cancer many years ago b/c it wasn't caught soon enough. If I had returned to my ob/gyn in two years as he had told me to instead of waiting 3-4, this tumor would not have grown as big as it is.**
In this pic which was taken not too long ago, I knew that my waistline and stomach had grown tremendously in a short amount of time and I just thought I was putting on weight quickly. However, the rest of my body was still the same size. And it is even much larger now! Some days I look eight months pregnant (honestly) and must stay in loose jammies. We have to stay aware of any sudden changes in our bodies, ladies. Thank you and God bless you all!
For unto you that fear My name shall the sun (the son) of righteousness arise with healing in His wings! Malachi 4:2
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UPDATE! Surgery date has been rescheduled to July 22, 2014, due to circumstances that God has under control. :)