As I compose this post, I’m in the hospital recovering from the lung resection surgery. The malignant tumor and the lower right lobe of my lung were successfully removed. Recovery from this surgery is, as I was amply warned before surgery, painful. Pain meds help with the coping and managing of my health care issues. They also challenge my writing and typing skills.
While the May 19th operation, the lobectomy, was successful, the surgery also discovered that the cancer has already spread to my lymph nodes. All 8 lymph nodes sent to pathology turned out to be cancerous. The removal of the cancerous lobe has not gotten the cancer out of my body. The cancer had progressed faster than was apparent from the various techno-scans done prior to surgery. So the fight with cancer moves to a new level, one the cancer has chosen.
I went into surgery thinking I had Stage 1 cancer, but came out of surgery knowing that I already have Stage 3 lung cancer. I will soon be going to an oncologist to discuss further treatment. The prayers of so many friends and strangers helped me get through the surgery and have put me on the road to recovery from that surgery.
Despite the surgery successfully removing the malignant tumor, the larger goal of getting the cancer out of the body was not achieved. Somehow the medical technology was not able to fully diagnose the extent of the problem.
None of this changes the basic fact: We all are always in God’s hands. Sometimes he takes us places we don’t wish to go (John 21:18). However, God always loves us and beckons us to join Him at the wedding feast of His Son, Jesus Christ. Over the next months I will write from time to time about this sojourn and the new traveling companion who will be with me every step of the journey. Life is a road with unexpected twists and unanticipated turns which do not allow you to see what is ahead. We are to traverse on it anyway. And for Christians, we are to do it with joy.
Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)