Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, and Beyond

Welcome to the daily (or weekly) dose of OBM. Todays dose is about a medical diagnosis and finding Joy. 

About a month ago, I found a lump on my throat.Then a few weeks later came an appointment at the endocrinologist. At the appointment came a ultrasound that confirmed the original lump was just a cyst. During the ultra sound, the Dr. also found two lumps under my collar bone that sent red flags up right away. Thyroid Cancer became the topic of discussion. It was decided to do a biopsy in the clinic that day, then wait for the results to talk about further treatment options. The biopsy results came back as benign. The Dr. did not trust the biopsy results, and asked us to come in for a consult to talk about the next step. At the consult our options were: 1> trust the biopsy, and keep an eye on the tumors over the next few years. 2> Get a CT scan to show the location/attachment of the tumors. 3> Have surgery and take the tumors and thyroid out. We decided to go ahead with a CT scan. After another trip to town (2 1/2 hrs one way), we learned from the CT scan that the two tumors are not attached to the thyroid, but instead attached to a lymph node. (this was the worse option of the two.) Now we are being referred onto a Thyroid/lymph surgical specialist for a second opinion on what the next step should be. Yesterday I sent off a medical application to MAYO, and am awaiting their reply. Today I am working on getting an appointment with a head and neck cancer Dr.out of Sioux Falls. Tomorrow, I will be heading to ND to consult with a Natural Alternatives lady. This week, I am focusing on redemption and finding the "pure joy" amidst the trials.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds. 

-James 1:2

I can do everything through Him who gives me strength. 
-Philippians 4:13

Right now, I am trying to wrap my heart and mind around these two verses. Joy... Pure Joy... Do everything through Him.... My mind is racing on the ways to eveade the possible diagnosis of cancer. My heart aches at the thought of fighting a medical battle of my own. "I can do all things through Him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13" Yes, God's grace has brought me here, and by God's grace I will be able to continue. I am delighted that God has a plan and a purpose for the storms and the sunshine, even though the possible diagnois sof cancer does not inflict feelings of great pleasure and happiness. I do find pure joy in knowing these trials are bringing me closer to my Lord and Savior. My focus for today and the rest of tomorrows' will be- "joy like a fountain" by "Him who gives me strength". 

Thanks so much for your prayers! 

~*~ One BLESSED mommie ~*~


  1. Praying for you and your family.
    Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.<3

  2. Praying, praying, praying!!! Thank you for your post...I've been thinking a lot about joy in the midst of trials as well. There is no doubt He is bringing you closer to Him :) Love you.

  3. The Turnbulls send our prayers!! We wish we were closer to help you and Casey out!!! The verse I posted on FB the other day reminds me of your right now.
    She does not fear bad news; she confidently trusts the Lord to take care of her.
    Psalm 112:7

    Hugs and love dear friends,
    Sarah and family