Thursday, July 4, 2019

Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3

When you have odd health issues, do you just carry on? Do you listen to your body and discuss things with your doctor?

I just had my annual gynecologist visit. I talked to her about the odd health issues I have been having. She wants all of these tests done.

She wants to rule out ovarian cancer. Did you know that being bloated and having indigestion, plus losing weight (I forgot about that part) are signs of ovarian cancer? I already knew all of this before my appointment, but I wanted to know what she thought.

What a scary thought! I mean, it is just stomach issues, but it is not getting any better. No. Matter. What. I. Do.

Tests, Tests, And More Tests

My primary care doctor ordered my first round of tests. He sent me to have x-rays done of my pelvis, hip, back, femur and other related areas. I was put in a lot of odd positions for those x-rays, but I know it will be worth it.

Next will be a pelvic ultrasound. This is to check the ovaries. Last year, when I had an ultrasound done, everything looked fine.

Another test that will most likely be scheduled is a colonoscopy. I have never had one done. T says the worst part is drinking the nasty stuff you have to drink beforehand. My fear is that it will cause me more stomach issues. You know diarrhea or vomiting and my body cannot handle too much of that.

Another test that "might" be scheduled is an MRI of my spine. I might have a bulging disc causing the nerve issue in my thigh. Plus my mom passed from a form of cancer on her spine. I will know more about this once I get the results back from my x-rays.

°°X-ray results are in. Everything is normal. I have to be honest about something here. When I heard this news, my initial thought was, "okay, what does that mean? Now what?" In reality, it means that my spine, hip, femur, etc are normal. The issue is not with any of those areas. No MRI needed. Celebrate this victory!°°

This goes without saying, but I am scared.

I do know that chances are very good that this will not be ovarian cancer, but I am trying to prepare myself.

How exactly do you prepare yourself to hear the words, "you have cancer"?

Preparing For Scary News

1. Have a good support system 

Make sure that you have someone with you to hold your hand and keep you encouraged.

2. Ask questions 

Between you and your caregiver, come up with a list of questions. If you do not understand something, ask for an explanation. Make sure that your support person knows that he/ she can ask questions, too (as this is a scary time for both of you). However, make sure that he/she does not talk all over you. It is important that your questions, thoughts, feelings are heard.

3. Lean on the Lord 

That's right. Trust in the Lord. Lean on Him during this hard time and do not pull away. This is something that I really need to work on. He knows what you are facing and He is there with you every step of the way.

Isaiah 41:10 NIV 

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10 NIV


Dear Father, 

Please help ______ not to fear for you are with ______; help ______ not to be dismayed, for you are ______ God.  You will strengthen ______ and help ______; you will uphold ______ with your righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10 NIV). In Jesus' name, Amen.

Isaiah 41:13 NIV

For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.


Dear Father, 

Please help ______ to remember that you are ______ God. You take hold of ______'s right hand and say to ______, Do not fear; you will help ______ ( Isaiah 41:13 NIV). In Jesus' name, Amen.

Don't Pull Away

Perseverance Leads To Hope

Praying Scripture Over Fear

Praying Scripture For Comfort

When you have odd health issues, do you just carry on?
Do you listen to your body and discuss things with your doctor?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.

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