The Pathology Report

We waited all day for the phone call that came around 5:00 pm and lasted 3 minutes. It began with “Well, the news is not as good as I had hoped.” – this from the surgeon who had already said after surgery, “It looks really bad.”

God’s sense of irony continues: she received that phone call while I was conducting a wedding rehearsal. Surely, the writer of Ecclesiastes speaks truth, “There is a time and a season for every matter under Heaven.” Babies are born, weddings take place … while others fight disease and riot in the streets of Ferguson. “We are not our own; we are God’s,” as John Calvin so eloquently wrote hundreds of years ago.

The pathology report confirmed that the cancer has completely invaded the lymph system on her left side. Cancer was found in a large number of lymph nodes – maybe all of them, we are not sure. I’ll spare you more medical details.

The next step is the PET scan, which will be expedited under the circumstances. She also was told that the schedule for her chemotherapy would be moved up. We don’t think that’s a good sign either. None of this news affects the treatment she will receive, and we have known she was in for chemotherapy and radiation for some time. The challenge before her remains the same.

We are getting a little weary of only getting news that’s “worse than expected.”

We are, however, putting one foot in front of the other.

The laughter now is mixed with the occasional tear, but “Bell joy” will never die.

Margaret wanted me to share her quotation of the day:

          The nicest place to be is in someone’s thoughts.

          The safest place to be is in someone’s prayers.

          And the very best place to be is in the hands of God. – author unknown

She is at peace knowing she is in your thoughts and prayers – and in the hands of God.

FYI I doubt I will post anything for a few days unless there’s a new development.

11 thoughts on “The Pathology Report

  1. John, thank you for keeping us up to date… so very sorry the news was not better. Thank Margaret for the quote and the inspiration… and know prayers are continuing for you all in the days ahead.


  2. John,
    Thanks for the news in Margaret, and I am sending my positive thoughts and prayers her way. This must be a very difficult time for both of you, and I’m glad you both have a a great deal of spiritual strength. Please let me know how I can help, since I’m not too far away!

  3. John ad Margaret, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. The men’s bible study group met this morning and I wanted to share with you that Margaret’s name was lifted up in prayer with our opening prayer and again during the closing prayer. The men’s bible study group is constantly praying for Margaret to be healed and will continue to do so. With love,

  4. Dear Margaret and John,
    I hope you know and feel our thoughts and prayers, and we all know you are in the loving hands of God. My mom used to say, the sun always shines the brightest after the rain. I am sure your brightest days are yet to come.
    Lots of Love,

  5. Dear John & Margaret … please know the Blair Family sends all of you our deepest thoughts and prayers … your courage and enduring faith provides all of us tremendous inspiration & hope! The Men’s group studied this morning Paul’s courage when he was stoned outside Lystra … how truly mysterious is the work of the Holy Spirit in all of our lives … God Blass You!

  6. Dear friends in Christ,
    Several times we watched our e-mail yesterday hoping to have your news…. Only this a.m. we read the report, I had a broken heart for all of you. I called my niece Erles in Brasilia, Brazil, who survived breast cancer & had similar experiences and she said don’t lose hope; so we unite our love and prayers and will not continue praying for a Miracle for Margaret!

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