Thursday, May 31, 2012

What to do after #2???

Second surgery is done and I am at my sis-in-law's house recovering. It went well, from what I understand. All of the people who were involved with my care at Vanderbilt today were very kind, helpful and friendly. And since I hadn't taken two Xanex, I was much more aware of what was going on around me.

In fact, I told Troy that I was concerned about another patient who was awaiting some sort of surgery. She was just across from me (the holding rooms were full so I was in the recovery room both prior to and after my surgery). She was crying and I overheard her saying she was really nervous. I wish I could have gone over there to give her a big hug. All I could do was pray.
I took some time while I was still coherent and listed to a version of "It Is Well With My Soul" on the iPod and prayed for her. I prayed for my surgeon and other personnel who would be in the OR also, but I really felt like I needed to pray for her. I have been thinking of her all afternoon and pray she is feeling peaceful and recovering well. God knows who it is and I know He hears my prayers.

Thanks to all of you who prayed for me during my surgery and also anyone who has prayed for my family, especially my little ones as they handle all of this. We don't expect pathology results until next week (about 5 business days). I will update with the information as soon as it is available.
Please also pray for my new friend, Stephanie (also a Knoxville girl), and someone (Susan) I knew many years ago at the church I attended. Both of these women are also in Knoxville and fighting a similar battle. I just can't believe how many women are being diagnosed with breast cancer.

When I am up to it, I intend to do something to make a difference. It might be a year or two before I can put too much energy into this other fight, but I feel like God put this challenge before me for a reason. Now I just have to figure out why.



  1.'s made me I'm glad you are feeling well enough to write this. It is such a privilege to notice and pray for those around us. I believe God puts people who need prayer in our paths. The cool thing is that this gives me hope that He places us in someone else's path. Just yesterday I was finishing paperwork, drinking coffee at Starbuck's, and exhausted (brain-wise) and discouraged. A woman started a conversation with me and wrote down my name to pray for me, and for you. :) Turns out I looked familiar to her from her Emmaus walk in March. Evidently I said something to her after closing that touched her. Amazing, isn't it?
    God has a fabulous plan for you, and you are already started on it. Love you! Sandi

  2. Kim,
    So glad that surgery is behind you now. I've been praying for you and your family. I know the kiddos are doing well and now you just need to rest and recover.
    Take care,

  3. Thanks, Kim, for being brave enough to write all this down. It helps me know how to pray for you and the family. I continue to try to think of things from the kids perspectives, and pray for them. I pray for you often, and hope you will stay encouraged, but when you are not encouraged-ASK for help. I love you,