It has been awhile since this blog has been updated. My health has taken a twisted turn and I have had quite a few things going on concerning health and well-being. Last September, I had a dime-sized dysplastic nevus removed from the back of the neck. It was similar to a mole, but looked like melanoma. While it was not cancerous, I was told that it was one step away from it. From now on, I need to see a dermatologist several times a year for a bodily check up to look for any 'spots' that look suspicious.
I have been experiencing many interesting symptoms for several years and we may be a few steps closer to knowing what is going on with my health.
I was having numbness in my right arm and pains, so after a few MRIs and x-rays, it was noted that my thyroid is enlarged and then after a sonogram, four large nodules were found. The nodules were biopsied, and the results came back as “follicular lesions of uncertain significance”. This basically means that the chance of cancer is low, but there are cells that are of concern, just no specific diagnosis for them.
I had an endocrinologist appointment this month to discuss the technicalities of where to go from here. Due to a lot of swelling in the nodules, I was told my thyroid needs to be removed. The nodules have been causing some discomfort around my trachea and some difficulty in my breathing. Even after speaking for a period of time, my voice is hoarse, and words are limited. I am waiting for an Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor appointment to discuss the surgery and all that entails. I was told the thyroid will be biopsied to make sure there is no cancer.
Our church celebrated our annual Christmas meal together in the beginning of December. It is a time we all look forward to. Our church is still strong in spirit, the children’s ministry is doing well, and I believe our people are growing in the Lord. We are so thankful for your prayers for our family and for the work in Juárez, Mexico. Around the holidays, there are many more police out due to drunk driving and careless drivers due to partying. So far, we have been able to go back and forth over the border safely.
We are still praying for a National Pastor to take over the work. Our church family is content with us, but I am concerned some of my health issues will limit my effectiveness over there. Please pray with us that the Lord will make it clear what is the right path. We do not want to do any harm in leaving too soon or staying too long. God knows all, though, and for now, we are still ministering in La Iglesia Bautista Toribio Ortega.
Our church ladies decided on having Tacos for our annual meal. Of course, rice beans, and salsa were included! Jonathan and Rebecca baked and decorated Christmas cookies again, a long-time tradition. Each child received a gift bag of goodies.
Our first service in 2018 was a good one. Everyone had a good Christmas spent with family and had testimonies of looking forward to seeing what God will do in the church in the new year.
Happy New Year and God bless.
1. For a National Pastor for the ministry in Juárez, Mexico
2. For upcoming appointments concerning thyroid removal surgery - for clarity of mind, clarity of diagnosis, and for the upcoming surgery.
3. For my father-in-law as well who is scheduled to have rotor cuff surgery on February 21, 2018.
4. For Rebecca as she cares for us during this time.
5. For Jonathan in his college studies. He is doing well and is seeking what God would have him do in his future.