A friend, now living several states away, was scheduled to have surgery July 23 for a cancer that has come back for a second battle. Surgery to include a cutting-edge, proving to be highly effective, new treatment. Her condition took a turn for the worse, and she ended up in the hospital for several days. With no improvement happening, her doctor decided it was time Saturday to go ahead with surgery. Just surgery, no special treatment.
Another friend and I had taken a little road trip to visit her last month. Now we were chatting back and forth by text (she was on her family vacation!)- so glad we had gone, so worried about the turn of events. I started contacting more friends, called our pastor, and we all were praying and waiting. Our friend’s husband promised to call after the surgery. We sent him a few messages to encourage him during the waiting. He was there alone- or as he said, “Just B, God, and me.” We all had the comfort of our faith.
The wait for news seemed long. Finally, we got some news, late afternoon. The doctor reported the surgery went very well. A tumor was removed, and no other cancer was visible. He is optimistic that with conventional chemotherapy after recovery from the surgery, there will be another remission. The recovery will be tough, at least six weeks. The chemo will be tough, too. But it still seems like good news to replace some of the worry. We will keep praying, and the first of those prayers is thanksgiving.
Faith and friendship. These help us through our days of waiting. Faith and friendship. These inspire words of encouragement and acts of love and kindness that get us through.