Thursday, January 17, 2013

Please Pray

I would like to take this opportunity to ask all of you who read my blog for a really big favor. My mother-in-law, Jodie, was diagnosed with breast cancer about a week after we all got back from celebrating her 50th birthday in Las Vegas this past November. 
The news was, of course, extremely shocking and very upsetting. We all prayed very hard that it was caught early and Jodie wouldn't have to seek intense treatment or go through anything too rigorous. However, several tests and many doctor visits later, we learned at the beginning of this month that the cancer is actually quite aggressive.
Today my mother-in-law started her first round of chemotherapy. After 8 rounds of chemo every other week, Jodie will have to undergo a mastectomy. It's definitely not the news we were wishing to hear but I'm grateful for smart doctors and amazing medicine that will save her life. 
I've been going with Jodie to every single one of her doctors appointments and I feel very confident in everyone who is taking care of her. I truly believe we are working with the best breast specialists, surgeons and oncologists that Northwest Arkansas has to offer.
I was beyond amazed at Jodie's bravery as she took the first step toward treatment today. She was so positive and upbeat. Much better than me. I had to excuse myself so I could sit in a private hallway and cry my eyes out. Watching the nurse inject something into my mother-in-law that will bring so many challenges to her this year broke my heart. However, I couldn't help but think to myself that right there in that little tube was the medicine that will save her life and that made me extremely grateful.
I'm quickly learning a lot about cancer and I wish I wasn't in a situation where I had to say that but I know that God doesn't give us anything we can't handle. I know that He protects us, watches over us and brings us peace. I know that prayer is powerful and God works miracles. Today I'm asking all of you to please keep Jodie in your prayers. There is a long road ahead of us but I know with your prayers and the wonderful doctors who are taking care of Jodie that it will help make walking down it much easier. Thank you.

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