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Initial report

April 30, 2007
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5:45pm. Liz made it through the surgery successfully and is doing well. The doctors removed the lump, which was about 1 cm in size. Unfortunately they also found a malignancy in the sentinel lymph node and so removed all lymph nodes in the left armpit. A pathology report will come in about a week that will indicate if any other nodes were involved. They have left a drain in place, as is typical in this type of procedure.

Given the lymph node situation, the doctors recommend chemotherapy and radiation to follow, so decisions will need to be made about chemo and radiation in a couple of weeks.

Please continue prayers and pray for Tim in particular at this stage.

Liz will be released from the hospital Tuesday and they will go to Ruth and Stan’s home as noted earlier and will stay there for the next week. Cards and flowers sent there are welcome (leave a comment here if you would like the address e-mailed to you); Ruth and I recommend holding off on phone calls for the time being. Blog comments are best.

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18 Comments leave one →
  1. Peggy and Bob Reaves permalink
    April 30, 2007 5:12 pm

    Liz and Tim, Our prayer was that the surgery would find and remove all the cancer for a better recovery. Thankfully the cancer in the lymph node was discovered and future treatment can be considered with that in mind. Tim, we know you will be quite occupied in the coming week, but know we are right there with you. (Chances are we will be around if you care to phone and talk, too. 703-538-5169)

    Rest well in the Lord and seek His comfort and healing power. Love and blessings, Bob and Peggy

  2. Mary Lou permalink
    April 30, 2007 6:46 pm

    Hi, Could you please send me the mailing address when you get a chance, Thanks, Mary Lou

  3. Bill Eller permalink
    April 30, 2007 7:20 pm

    Our prayers are with you both. You know how to reach us if needed. Any time. Love, In Him Bill and Helen Eller

  4. Nancy Hamaty permalink
    April 30, 2007 7:21 pm

    Please send me the address. thanks

  5. Richard & Audrey Leonard permalink
    April 30, 2007 8:47 pm

    So very glad you are through the surgery. The lymph node involvement was not what we prayed for, but we shall renew our prayers mightily for your treatment and healing and for God’s presence, joy and peace to be with you both.

    We would also like the address. Call us anytime, otherwise we will meet you here. We send much love. Richard & Audrey.

  6. April 30, 2007 9:39 pm

    One hurdle down. You;re closer to the end of the race than you were!

  7. Karen Cain permalink
    May 1, 2007 10:52 am

    I would like the address, also. Thanks for all you are doing, Ruth. Peace be with you all. Karen

  8. Annie Rothgeb permalink
    May 1, 2007 11:46 am

    Dearest Ones,

    You are very much in my thoughts and prayers today. My ongoing prayer is that you will always be abundantly aware of God’s presence; that even in the midst of tests and reports and decisions and treatments you would have constant assurance of His abiding love for you both.

    Blessings and peace,
    Annie

  9. MOM permalink
    May 1, 2007 12:12 pm

    Liz and Tim–
    You are surrounded by our love and prayers today as always–
    Mom and Dad

  10. May 1, 2007 1:20 pm

    (((((HUGS))))) to both of you.

  11. Mary Hillstrom permalink
    May 1, 2007 9:24 pm

    Liz and Tim,
    I continue to pray for both of you and all the medical staff supporting you and all your family and friends.
    Holding you in the light of God’s love,
    Mary
    (Please send me the address, too.)

  12. Lori permalink
    May 2, 2007 3:00 am

    Liz and Tim,

    The prayers and love continue here. Please send me the address too when you have the time.

    Love you
    Lori

  13. Colleen Solomon permalink
    May 2, 2007 8:58 am

    Can you please send me the address when you get a chance.

  14. Deena Flinchum permalink
    May 2, 2007 2:48 pm

    You are in Jim’s and my thoughts, and we hope that you will soon be back in the midst of doing all of the things that you love.

  15. Meg Stephens permalink
    May 2, 2007 2:58 pm

    Liz – thinking of you at rehearsal last nite – singing many Osannas, Sanctuses (ZAHNgtoos, that is) – can’t wait til you are back beside me in the choir. It ain’t the same withoutcha! Alto hugs, – Meg

  16. Pat Carey permalink
    May 2, 2007 4:12 pm

    Oh, my dear ones! That’s what I’m thinking now — how dear and special you are to me, and –obviously — to many, many people. (For your other friends, I will tell briefly the connection – Tim made a blind call to Cleveland re a website & a strawbale house I picked up the phone and we have been friends since. When I met Liz, I knew immediately she could have been one of my sisters — tho she IS much funnier than any us.)

    So, dear Liz — you are one of the strongest, most resillient people I know. And with all of these friends and God on your side, you are gonna come out okay.

    So, dear Tim — this must be very hard on you. We all know how you adore Liz! (And she, you!) But you, too, are one of God’s special, strong and resillient ones.

    Maybe this should go under the “prayers” section — At the Carmelite Monestary where I attend mass, one of the nuns has offered prayers the last two Sundays for those with cancer, especially breast cancer. She hasn’t named anyone in particular. I will put your name in the special intentions book – these incredible women pray nearly a-l-l the time — in their chapel and as they do chores and garden and walk in the woods.

    May God’s love and the healing light surround you both. David & I look forward to rejoicing with you both over the sweetness of life and found friends.
    Love — Pat

  17. camilla permalink
    May 4, 2007 7:34 am

    Would like mail (and flower delivery \) address.

  18. Neil Hooper permalink
    May 4, 2007 10:31 am

    Dear Liz and Tim, George and I continue to pray for you. I echo the request for the address to send you notes. If you post it in the next posting that will help everyone. You are so loved and It is wonderful to hear you are up and able to write if only a bit.

    This weekend at TFC we are having a special healing conference and you will be included in all the prayers as we are going to be there.

    Love and prayers, Neil and George

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