Thursday, January 24, 2013

Lesson 6 - Learning to Turn it Over to Jesus

I've been posting about some lessons that helped build my faith in Him.   I feel He was preparing me, rather giving me the tools I would need to help my child go through bladder cancer.  If you want to know the steps he used in order, please go back and read lessons 1 - 5.  Lesson 6 - Still following the PLAN - (Protocol).

We returned to the Mayo Clinic to begin the treatment protocol for Anna's bladder cancer.  She had a surgery scheduled to put in a port and another biopsy of the tumor.  I didn't even know what a port was, that she had to have this device put into her chest in order to receive chemo.  This was a whole new world of terms and procedures we had to accept.  

As the surgeon came out to see us, he said everything went good with the procedure to place her port.  However, he had some good news.  You see, the protocol for treatment, was to have 12 weeks of chemo, to reduce the tumor and then return for the surgery to remove it.  Then more chemo and some radiation were part of the next 30 weeks.  I didn't like the idea of the cancer still being inside Anna - but, that was the protocol.  He said to us, "we NEVER defer from protocol, EVER, but while I was doing the biopsy, I could see that the tumor was growing on a stem like a cauliflower.  I thought, I can scoop this out, so I did."  "We removed the tumor today." 

Wow, the tumor was removed first, before the chemo.  He said it was a good thing and I believed him.  You see the doctors have their protocol, but God has his too.

We placed our lives in the hands of professionals, trusting they knew what to do - always praying for His guidance.   We knew Jesus healed her, we just had to live through the procedures.  With His help and lots of prayers we were going to "do this."  

"For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us."  Romans 8:18

It was our hope and prayer that somehow we could glorify Him in this trial.  We totally placed our child in His hands.   I surrendered all my "mama control" over to Jesus - she is His not mine.  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.

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