My sister-in-law is having a double mastectomy for breast cancer this morning and I'd like to ask you to say a prayer for her today. She is young (45) and very healthy otherwise and her doctors tell us that she has a very good chance of 100% recovery. But this is not what anyone wants to go through. Our hearts are heavy.
Shawn is an amazing mom to 4 year old Annie, and great wife to Jurgen. Her trust in the Lord through all of this is a testimony to her life of faith and courage. I'm simply blown away by her focus and strength. We know there will be some tough days ahead and she will need every bit of that strength to return to complete health.
She has two specific prayer requests. She asks:
1) That the cancer in my right breast will be shown to still have very clear and defined margins
2) That the surgeon will not have to remove more than 2 lymph nodes on either side, and that the lymph nodes will be totally clear of cancer cells.
Shawn, Jurgen and Annie
Thank you so much, my sweet Company Girls! If you would like updates, or would like to leave Shawn a note of encouragement, they have set up a blog for this purpose.
UPDATE: 8:03 PM Shawn's surgery went well, but it was a long day of waiting on tidbits of information as they came available. The great news is that the lymph nodes appear to be benign and there was no sign of the cancer spreading! What an answer to prayer. The harder news was that they had to take more skin and tissue than they'd planned, so the recovery and reconstructive surgeries will take much longer than expected. There will be more pain involved. I hate that for her.
But we are rejoicing in the good news about the lymph nodes (only two on each side were removed, I believe) and the fact that she went through the surgery with no complications makes us want to jump up and down. Thank you, Lord.
Jurgen is so appreciative of the prayers and notes of encouragement on their blog. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the sweet gestures toward people you don't know, but who mean the world to me.