As I finally decided to share this information with all my friends on Facebook, MANY responded and said they would be praying. I really don’t like all the drama that Facebook can produce, and am not comfortable with sharing a lot of personal details on my page; but, I felt it was important to let others know what was going on. No one knows how to pray for you, or give you needed support (and maybe even some helplful advice from those who have gone before you) unless you let them know what is going on. I didn't want to go through this alone, so I chose to speak out and received blessed responses of prayers, well-wishes, and encouragement (which was something I had talked about in THIS POST last year about 10 ways to encourage others via Social Media.)
Two of my friends recommended I NOT get a needle biopsy because they believed there was a risk of releasing cancer cells into the bloodstream. After doing my research and consulting with my husband, we decided to forego the needle (or core) biopsy, if possible, and ask instead for a lumpectomy (a complete removal of the lump and the surrounding tissues). I believe the Lord intervened through these two friends, for reasons of which you will find out in another post.
Then, here’s the next part of the Lord’s intervention... On Tuesday morning, the day before I was supposed to go see the surgeon, I got a call from my husband while he was at work. He had been talking to one of the employees who used to work at the hospital, and she recommended I change surgeons. I was rather upset about this news coming to me on the day before my appointment. It was frustrating because, changing surgeons meant I had to WAIT even longer to be given the information I needed about this lump! But, on the other hand, I totally believed the Lord was looking out for me, and I HAD to trust that everything was going to happen in HIS timing.
Ecc. 3:11 - He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.
I changed surgeons and waited to be scheduled for an appointment with him. He came highly recommended and very experienced in his field. Finally, the call came and I was scheduled to see him on Monday, October 1st.
At this point, waiting for results and appointments had become a little easier as time had gone by. It all still sort of freaked me out a bit, thinking about what the final results could be, and I still wished things could have happened sooner than they did, but I knew the Lord was at work in me. I was learning more and more each day how to fully trust in Him.
Proverbs 3:5-6 - Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.