All Shall Be Well

Read this today…

“Remember, the growth of a believer is not like a mushroom—but like an oak, which increases slowly indeed—but surely.

Many suns, showers, and frosts, pass upon it before it comes to perfection. And in winter, when it seems to be dead—it is gathering strength at the root.

Be humble, watchful, and diligent in the means, and endeavor to look through all, and fix your eye upon Jesus—and all shall be well. “

—John Newton, Letters of John Newton

I am fixing my eyes on Jesus, Who, as Nat reminded me this afternoon, has already won the battle. Cancer will not win.

My appointment with my surgeon went well. He was very pleased with how well I am healing and I am under no restrictions with activity–just functioning as I have energy and see fit. Taking the stitches out was not very fun, but I have my happy little bottle of percocet to take the pain away.

As for the lymph nodes he removed, there was cancer in four of them. Heavy sigh. It is never fun to hear that there was cancer in my body. But I do love to hear the word WAS. He cleaned everything out really well and is as certain as he can be that he removed all the cancer. I will face treatment in January and will know more of what that looks like once I see the endocrinologist on the 8th.

The good news is that this was definitely thyroid cancer and not breast cancer spread. This is good because thyroid cancer is slow growing and doesn’t require chemo for treatment. Basically, if you are going to get cancer, thyroid cancer is the kind to get. And let’s face it… I’m pretty good at getting cancer. Although I did make a deal with Guest Blogger Joe this afternoon that this would be my last time. At least, we’re praying toward that end.

Honestly, I’m not sure how I feel. I am relieved to know this is not nearly as bad as it could be. I am thankful the surgery is over and I have time to heal. I am excited that this means I should be able to travel in 2 weeks when I head out to see Bethy and meet her little baby girl (hopefully meeting her in the delivery room!). I am encouraged that the surgeon was able to remove as much as he did. I am overjoyed that I will not face the brutality of chemo.

But still… it’s cancer. And cancer is a hard word to hear. However, in this winter of cancer, I am gathering strength at the root. And my oak tree will draw from the water of Christ’s love and faithfulness and goodness, knowing that He is always with me.

No matter what the outcome of my life here on earth… all shall be well.

And tonight I’ll be stepping out with my baby to our first Christmas party of the season. We’ll see how long I hang in there, because holding my head up for a while unsupported gets hard and painful after a while. But really, Bri is okay with that. He’ll be watching me feverishly from across the room, ready to quickly run to my aid and bring me home… because, after all, JMU is playing their semi-final game tonight. Such devotion.

Go Dukes!

Thank y’all so much for your prayers, meals (such deliciousness!), childcare, cards and encouragement. I am humbled by your love.

14 responses to “All Shall Be Well”

  1. Rejoicing with you that “all shall be well”! Thanks for sharing your heart! Still praying!


  2. So thankful to hear that you’re healing up well & all the cancer is out! Thinking of you & upholding you in prayer today.


  3. I’ve just been looking and waiting and Hoping to hear good news coming from your way, and it sounds like you got pretty good news, and I am so thankful! May you have peace in your heart this Christmas Angie and may you and your family have joy—from what I see and hear from your blog, you already do! You are a great encourager to me. Love, Carol Crabtree and family


  4. This IS good news. I know you still face “treatment”, not sure what that entails, but I can imagine that it, along with hearing that the cancer was in the lymph nodes, is hard to hear. So we will all keep praying for you, and wishing you well.

    I hope you had fun at the party, and that the Dukes won!


  5. Well for bad news, that’s really good news!! Praise God for no chemo and that it was thyroid cancer. Many, many prayers for a successful treatment, and that you’ll finally get a long overdue break on the stress and crisis front. {{HUGS}}


  6. Angie, still loving, thinking about, and praying for you and your precious family—-a special “greeting” to your parents, too!



  7. “Be humble, watchful, and diligent in the means, and endeavor to look through all, and fix your eye upon Jesus—and all shall be well. “

    There you go again. Tears flow. 🙂 In the midst of all your struggles, you continue to find ways to bless others. Thank you, sister. We live in a culture of materialism and greed, but you bring us real gifts. Gifts of joy. Gifts of peace. Gifts of hope. Praise be to Him. Soli Deo Gloria!


  8. My dear one, my child in Him,

    I am so thankful to God for this report. May you know His grace in a deep way. Thank God for always hearing us and for always answering

    My love to you,


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    Christina Rogers

    It was great to see you at the party last night. Hope you had lots of fun!


  10. I am SO grateful to hear this news! You know we will all carry you in prayer as you face your treatment. I know you are pleased that you will be with your friend at the birth of her child! Hope the party went well.


  11. glad to hear the update….thinking of you!


  12. Hey Angie,
    It’s Beth from Australia (the one your son can’t understand!!!)
    I know a little random(!) but I just wanted you to know that I have followed your story online and through Joe and have been deeply moved, challenged and changed by your words. I have grown through your testimony in ways I cannot express.
    I have been in prayer for you… and, since I fly out tomorrow, I will do the same from the other side of the world!
    … and isn’t it awesome how God hears and treasures our poor, flawed prayers?! I love this from Amy Carmichael (sorry, it’s kind of long)

    Revelation 8:3&4 “Much Incense”
    She writes: “I have been finding heart-comfort in the Much Incense that is offered with our poor prayers… ‘And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand’…
    Week by week, always on Saturday evening as a preparation, I suppose, for the worship of Sunday, the dear old man [Robert Wilson]… used to pray, ‘We thank Thee, O Saviour, for the Much Incense of Thy merits’; and the phrase sank deep into my mind, and all these years has stayed with me. What should we do if there was no Much Incense?
    But today something new fills me with wonder. That precious Much Incense is offered just as our poor prayers are; there is no difference made. Both are offered in golden vessels… It is as though the very imagery of Heaven were called upon to tell us, to assure us, that what we feel is too utterly unworthy to be offered is so dear to our God that He has it brought to Him in a golden censer.”

    God treasures our prayers, He uses ” the very imagery of Heaven” to tell us that! I can’t imagine how you’ve cried out to God in the last year or so… but how great, God treasured them all! 🙂
    Praying for you!


  13. Angie,

    The other day I was reading 2 Cor 4 as I was praying for you and your family. During this dark “winter of cancer,” you continue to be a light for Him. May you be “renewed day by day” and “not lose heart.”

    Thankyou for sharing the news so we can continue to be in prayer, but also thankyou for sharing you heart and reflecting Christ’s love.



  14. Angie,

    You are such a brave woman- thank God for the courage He alone can give. I’ll be praying for a restful and joyous Christmas celebration with your little ones and Brian.



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