Pathology Report

I spoke with our surgeon yesterday afternoon about the pathology report on Angie’s tumor and the lymph nodes they removed during surgery. It’s not great news. Her tumor size was 2.5 cm and they classified it as Grade 3. (Grade is a ranking how different from normal cells the tumor cells are, on a scale of 1-3. 3 is the most aggressive) Of the 20-25 lymph nodes removed during surgery, there was tumor in 8 of them.

Of course take everything ‘medical’ I write with a grain of salt, since I have no idea what I’m talking about… but all three of those numbers are higher than we want to see them. A tumor that large and aggressive with that many nodes means there is a much higher chance that the cancer has spread.

We go in tomorrow for a follow-up on her surgery and we may learn more there, but our first appointment with the oncologist was just set this morning for September 14th. (I’m going to see what I can do to move that up though..) I gather they will start out by trying to get a baseline and determine what if any spread there has been, most likely a cat-scan.

Obviously this is hard news to take, Angie isn’t doing great with it. She’s probably more scared of the treatment than the cancer itself going forward, and of what affect this will have on our children.

Please continue to pray… we still don’t know more than we do right now, but we do know that this is going to be a very long and hard road.

24 responses to “Pathology Report”

  1. I am so sorry! Through the tears I am desperately praying for you guys. I am praying for the truths of the gospel to profoundly hold you close and work miraculous peace in your hearts and miraculous healing. We love you! Jen and Scott

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    The Crowley’s

    Angie & Brian,
    I’m so sorry about this latest news, our family is praying hard for your family.
    ~Tammy

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  3. I’d just like to send a little reminder that…I know Angie as being more than a lab result. I see her the way God sees her and that is being a whole, healthy, beautiful, and perfect in everyway human being. The doctors view her, with their instruments and tests; getting down to the nitty-gritty of it all–saying she has some ‘disease’, and smack a lable on her. Well…all of that may be the present reality. But Angie, to me is much more than that. Her will and desire for wellness must be so strong right now, that the Heavens are answering her call for health even more so than when she was well. Anyways…Life is supposed to be fun and feel good. So my prayer is that Angie and her family will find things to feel good about every day. And to focus on that and the healthy, whole being that angie IS and will continue to BE.
    love yuh!
    Candice

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  4. Remember God’s Word… Rom. 8:31-39 “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who [or what] can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written:

    ‘For Your sake we are killed all day long;
    We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.’

    Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

    Rest in the knowledge that your Heavenly Father loves you and that He will uphold you through this. We are continuing to pray for you, and we love you all very much!

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  5. we will really be praying for your hearts in the midst of this news. we’ll also be praying that the things that you know to be true in your head about you and about God will penetrate your heart….in and of yourselves i know that any sense of peace won’t come, but we will pray that His Spirit will give you what you need to cling to Him and trust in His sovereignty.

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  6. You guys have all of our love. Please know that your have our support in whatever way we can offer it. Keep faith in God’s higher plan throughout whatever is being sent to you, and know that you are a being of light. I would be happy to send you daily Reiki if you would like it 🙂 Let me know.

    Much, much, much love to you!!
    Sharon

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  7. Oh, Father, You have promised that you will do more than we can ask or imagine. I claim this promise for Brian, Angie, Asher, Micah, and Audrey. I pray that You would envelope them with Your Spirit, that you would give them Strength, Faith, and Perserverance. These are Your work and I pray that You would work mightily. Thank You for making a way for us to come to You…in Jesus’ name. Amen

    Brian and Angie– My heart goes out to you. My prayers are with you. I love you. –maretta

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  8. We appreciate your keeping us posted. Keep singing!! We’re praying for complete healing.

    Hal and Donna

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  9. Precious Davis Family –
    We are praying for you and entrusting you to the Lord’s care. Thank you for keeping us posted so that we can pray specifically. We love you and pray for the peace of God to reign in your hearts!
    Much Love,
    Sb, for all of us

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  10. Angie and Brian,

    You all are in my thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you and be your Strength and Rock during this time. I will be praying for you as you work with the oncologist to discuss options. Please remember you are all well-loved by many and so much prayer is being sent your way. May God continue to bless you as you cling to His Promises that He will never leave you and His Love for you all.

    love,
    Becky

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  11. Angie (& Brian), Need I remind you of my appreciation, some 21 cancer-free years ago, for your prayers and note of encouragement when I was facing the same surgery? How much it meant for a teen-ager to write one she didn’t know, except that I was a member of a sister-church far away!

    Now I’m raising you up to the same God who answered your prayers for me, reminding you that God tells us to trust in Him at all times and to pour out our hearts to Him because he is a refuge for us. (Ps. 62:8) Then verses 11 & 12 give the reason we can trust Him at all times: because “power belongs to God…and also to You, O Lord, belongs mercy.”

    A couple of other verses which the Lord blessed to me the day after I learned of my diagnosis were Ps.119:74; Those who fear you will be glad when they see me because I have hoped in your word,” and 92; “Unless your law had been my delight, I would then have perished in my affliction.” May He be pleased to bless them to you now, as well.

    How faithful He continues to be in giving us Himself AND His word!

    With heartfelt love, and prayers for you and your entire family,

    Carol

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    Melissa (Bruining) Teeter

    Prayers that you can feel the embrace of Daddy God, our Abba. . . He is holding all of you so tightly. . . Fall fresh, Holy Spirit and grant supernatural peace.

    We Love you guys,
    Melissa

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  13. Oh Angie, my heart hurts for you right now. I love you guys so much and will continue to pray for you. I don’t know why God is working in this way, but I do know that he loves the Davis family even more than I do, which is a comforting thought because I love you so much!!

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  14. My heart is touched by your beautiful web site. Just today I learned from Erin about Angie’s diagnosis. Although it seems like ages ago, I’m sure you remember Rafael. Your words today remind me of the words I heard 15 years ago (all numbers and bad to worse news) for Rafael’s diagnosis. Yes, it is true that science is amazing and advanced and medicine today is almost a god. But, more true and even more real is the love and concern and care that Jesus has for each one of you, and…I don’t mean that at all to sound Christiany or a pat answer–just truth. I think honestly at times it was harder on me that it was on Rafael because his faith was so childlike. I also remember clearly hearing from the doctor that Rafael could not live more than 3 months and then hearing …”but God”. I remember holding on to scripture (out of context of course) but I held tight on to whatever was not planted by God must be removed, so….I prayed that since this cancer was not planted by God, it will be removed. Silly? An answer? No…just what I held on to and it was mine. I don’t dare give you advice, just my love. I’m far away (in Peru) and unfortunately can’t make you a meal or babysit but I can listen to your hearts and cry with you and laugh with you and agree together that we know and love a God who is a good God.
    Love,
    Edie Garcia

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    Laura and Myers

    You two and your whole family are in our hearts and in our prayers…we pray especially for courage and strength and that you both can feel God’s Love and Care surrounding you – offering His Peace and His Strength, each and every moment.

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    The Parrella’s

    We have just learned the news !! We are so sorry for what your family is going through.
    If you need anything, don’t hesitate to call.. we are only 6 hours away !!

    You’ll surely be in our thoughts and our hearts !!

    Fab n Deb

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  17. You know that i’m praying for you all! I love you soooooo much! You’re so precious to me!

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    Stephanie (Knorr) White

    My dear friend,

    I love you. God is good. He loves you more. He is never asleep, but always working, awake and alert for your good (Ps. 121). His eyes are looking at you, seeing how He might uphold you today, this moment (I Chron. 16:9). No one has ever heard of a person who works for those who wait on Him (Is. 64: 4).

    This is my oldest daughter’s (her name is Audrey–doesn’t it just figure we’d use the same name!) favorite verse: “The name of the Lord is a strong tower. The righteous run into it and is safe” (Prov. 18:10). My girls are praying for “the pretty lady with the big smile in your wedding pictures–didn’t she catch your bouquet, Mommy?”

    In Jesus, Stephanie

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  19. Davis Family~
    We are praying for you daily … each one of you as this means something different in everyone’s heart and mind. We pray for peace & against fear. We pray that you will tangibly feel the love of Christ as He weeps with you and yet has conquered all this at the same time. We love you… Angie, Brian, Asher, Micah & sweet Audrey… may you feel the Lord holding you and patting your back (as a sweet girl I know does) to assure you that He is with you and loves you… and He rejoices over you with singing.

    Much love,
    Tabitha & Josh

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  20. I read this today during my devotions. I think is is timely. We are praying for you guys. Love, McCall

    “On mine arm shall they trust.”—Isaiah 51:5.

    In seasons of severe trial, the Christian has nothing on earth that he can trust to, and is therefore compelled to cast himself on his God alone. When his vessel is on its beam-ends, and no human deliverance can avail, he must simply and entirely trust himself to the providence and care of God. Happy storm that wrecks a man on such a rock as this! O blessed hurricane that drives the soul to God and God alone! There is no getting at our God sometimes because of the multitude of our friends; but when a man is so poor, so friendless, so helpless that he has nowhere else to turn, he flies into his Father’s arms, and is blessedly clasped therein! When he is burdened with troubles so pressing and so peculiar, that he cannot tell them to any but his God, he may be thankful for them; for he will learn more of his Lord then than at any other time. Oh, tempest-tossed believer, it is a happy trouble that drives thee to thy Father! Now that thou hast only thy God to trust to, see that thou puttest thy full confidence in Him. Dishonour not thy Lord and Master by unworthy doubts and fears; but be strong in faith, giving glory to God. Show the world that thy God is worth ten thousand worlds to thee. Show rich men how rich thou art in thy poverty when the Lord God is thy helper. Show the strong man how strong thou art in thy weakness when underneath thee are the everlasting arms. Now is the time for feats of faith and valiant exploits. Be strong and very courageous, and the Lord thy God shall certainly, as surely as He built the heavens and the earth, glorify Himself in thy weakness, and magnify his might in the midst of thy distress. The grandeur of the arch of heaven would be spoiled if the sky were supported by a single visible column, and your faith would lose its glory if it rested on anything discernible by the carnal eye. May the Holy Spirit give you to rest in Jesus this closing day of the month.”

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  21. We love you guys so much, and I know you’ve heard this from just about everyone, but it will NEVER be discounted… we are praying for you! Brian, that you would be strong for Angie and that you would speak (and show!) wisdom to Asher, Micah, and Audrey in this hard time. Angie, that you would take every thought captive, that you would find peace in our Lord Jesus Christ, and that your body would heal and heal fast! Asher, Micah, and Audrey, that you kids would cling to the Jesus that you know and love during this time. That you would be stronger because of this as a family, and that you would all run to Christ daily for your needs!

    *HUGS*

    JT, Lisa, and little Maddie

    P.S. Did we mention we love you? Because we do! 🙂

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    Dean & Janet Welty

    Just a note to let you know that we are praying for you. We leave on Monday for a month long trip so will be away from e-mail. While we are away we will pray that God will just wrap his loving arms around all of you giving you his peace and even joy.

    You are precious to us.

    Dean and Janet

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  23. Angie,
    I am committing to praying for you daily, for God’s mercy, protection and blessings.
    I also want to encourage you, as 6 yrs ago I walked thru this with one of my sisters who had a very aggressive breast cancer at a young age, and I think something like 14 nodes had cancer cells in them. At the time she had 3 teenage daughters and a 6yr old deaf son she adopted from China when he was 3. It didn’t make sense and we all wondered “why?” She struggled through the treatments, had her ups and downs, but I am happy to report that she is now cancer free, and she’s a happy person full of life. You have a family and so many wonderful friends who love you, and are in a church who will provide well for you and Brian and your children. Rest in the knowledge that God is with you, will never leave nor forsake you, and neither will His body here at Covenant…those you know and love, and those you haven’t even met will come to help in any way you need. Greg and I have felt the love of Covenant through our long going struggle. Take care and find beauty in each day….I know you are good at that. Love to you and prayers each day. Carol

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  24. Brian, Angie, and kids,
    We love ya’ll and are continuing to lift you up fervently in our prayers. May the peace of God rule in your hearts as you look to Him for your strength. His name is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are saved! We love you!

    ~Johnny, Cristen, & Kathryn

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