Melissa's blog

Sit Still

I had another doctor's visit yesterday and am waiting for two more test results to come back that could affect treatment decisions.

Just the other day, I came across this poem by J. Danson Smith in Streams in the Desert. A great reminder to be still before our Heavenly Father.

Surgery Update

Jeremiah 33:3

For those of you who’ve been looking for an update, thank you for your patience. The surgery last Monday (Jan. 31) went smoothly. I received the pathology report yesterday. The tumor was 1 cm, grade 3, ER and PR positive, and, strangely enough, HER2 negative. It’s considered a local recurrence, and they were able to obtain clear margins. Although the surgery was more painful than expected, I appreciated the pain meds to get me through the first day or two.

Surgery Again

Dan's picture of a flower from my birthday bouquet

Roller Coaster Week

This has certainly been a week with lots of ups and downs! Saturday, I reviewed the PET scan results with one of my doctors. We had already been suspicious of a 1 cm tumor that was found about seven weeks after surgery. As expected, this spot did show up on the PET scan, and the oncologist wants it removed as soon as possible. That should be a minor surgery.


It’s been absolutely wonderful to be back at home with the family! We had a special Christmas together--with my family in Wisconsin and then back in Illinois to celebrate with Dan’s family. With the intense daily treatments aside for a few weeks, I’m doing my best to get back into the daily routine with the family.

Changing Circumstances but an Unchanging God

To get everyone up to date, here's a summary of what's been happening the last few months...

On August 30, 2010, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. For any person at any age, the “C word” is a shocker, and for me at age 34, it was no different! With two small children (Matthew age 3 and Joanna age 2) and a husband who recently stepped out to start a business to meet our family’s needs, this diagnosis has been life changing.

Catching Up

So many things to write about. So much to catch up on. Where do I start? Lately, when I’ve sat down to write, my sentences don’t seem to form. Yet there’s a lot going on.

This is my fifth week in Atlanta for treatments. Every day has been full. In order to avoid the traffic mess, I leave the house between 6:00 and 6:30 each morning. That puts me at the clinic sometime between 7:00 and 7:15. Although some days are more tiring than others, I’m not nearly as exhausted as I could be.

The Storm

Someone shared this quote today:

Stop telling God how big your storm is.
Instead, tell your storm how big your God is.

God Has a Way

I'm not sure who posted the link first on facebook, but I watched a stirring video of Gianne Jessen, speaking at Queen's Hall, Parliament House in Australia.

She survived an attempted abortion, and has dealt with cerebral palsy since birth. Her amazing testimony shines through. One comment she made really stood out to me:

Look Up and Experience Victory

Some days are just difficult--more difficult than others. Today started as one of those days. But the Lord used a comment on the radio (and I don’t remember exactly what was said) to remind me to look up and experience victory. How refreshing to have that change of mind! Although some challenging circumstances surrounded the day, God enabled me to obtain a fresh outlook and then He gave me the energy to do what needed to be done....namely schedule more doctor’s appointments and follow through with the nutritional protocol I’m attempting to maintain.

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