People have been asking about Abigail Adams. A week ago she had asked the community to pray for her. She was facing some potentially dire news.
Well, if anyone still doubts the power of prayer, they should rethink their position.
Abigail had an inkling as to what was going on, and given the possible scenarios the prognosis is better than the bulk of them.
Also, Abigail has a peace and calm that she can only explain as the power of prayer. Your prayers.
I’ve said enough.
Here’s Abigail in her own words:
Some fellow IOTWR’ers have asked me this week, in various threads, how I am doing or if I have an update. I haven’t wanted to hijack a thread with my situation, so I hope you don’t mind if I ask you to post this update for anyone who is interested.
First off, I have felt the immediate effects of everyone’s petition to God for peace for me. In some ways I have never felt so calm, even quite happy. I only had one low day this past week and I remedied that by having an incredible conversation with my dear friend and former minister, Jay. He’s always been able to make me laugh and we had a fabulous discussion about how anyone facing the real prospect of death from a terminal illness feels inadequate and wonders if they are in the Book of Life — for sure. Jay has been around a lot of dying, so I was glad to know I was in the good company of people who wondered the same things.
I’m getting ahead of myself.
What I have is bladder cancer. Good news: the most common cancer of all, so much has been documented about its treatment, etc. I didn’t want to give that info at first because it’s just so….well….part of our most intimate processes. Potty talk. In my family, growing up, one didn’t talk about their bathroom habits, it was just not done. Which is kind of ironic seeing how we had six kids and one bathroom.
Dr. Torgerson is a wonderful human being. More good news. He got me in as soon as he could this week, yesterday, and pre-scheduled me for surgery on 1/11 (but that may change depending on other insurance-related stuff). He has over 23 years of experience and bladder cancer is his specialty. He’s old enough to be wise, astute and funny, but young enough to still have all his marbles. At yesterday’s visit he did an exam and said he did not feel the tumors despite their rather large size, and that is great news. Though he did say that only during the surgical procedure will he be able to know for sure whether or not they have taken over any of the bladder muscle (wall). He also said that from what he can tell of the physical exam and the CT, that the tumors are paniculate, meaning the tumors appear to be attached to the bladder wall via a slender stalk and, if that is true, is the best news. If they were growing transectionally to the wall that would mean major surgery to remove them and resection or remove (probable) the entire bladder.
He also said that besides the size of the tumors, it is obvious to him that these things have been growing for quite some time — at least six months and probably more like twelve. He was quite impressed that my only symptoms arose in just the past week and that I was feeling zero pain. So far there are many miracles coming my way. For those tumors to be that big, old and still paniculate is really amazing. It’s a sort of “caught it just in time” thing, before the cancer spread to other organs like (typically) the kidneys. If everything is as Dr. T. seems to believe it is, I will undergo a completely non-invasive (everything happens through the natural opening), outpatient surgery with localized chemo and follow-on checkups and additional chemo at monthly intervals.
So, I have tremendous thanks to give to you and to everyone at IOTWReport for their outpouring of prayers, positive wishes and love. I’m not out of the woods by any stretch, but it’s looking incredibly positive at this point. I was prepared for the doc to tell me how rough a road I had before me (and that may still turn out that way), but for now I’ll take the good news.
The cancer still leaves me easily tired, and I still have another ghastly symptom that won’t go away for about a month after surgery, but otherwise I’m just exceedingly grateful for the health I have and for my good friends at IOTWReport.