Thursday, April 20, 2006

Pray for Us Today

This afternoon my wife, Brenda will have her thyroid removed. Her doctor fears that the tumor he discovered last week is malignant.

Of course, he is extremely optimistic about her prognosis given the way thyroid cancer usually goes.

He plans to remove it completely, "sweep things up," as he puts it, with radioactive iodine and she will be good to go. Sounds simple enough, huh?

She will be in the hospital overnight and then in recovery at home for about a week.

We are praying that all of this is exactly what happens. We also are praying that the tumor is not cancer, which is possible.

The entire episode is a bit unsettling because of her bout with colon cancer about three years ago. She beat that successfully. I am sure she will do fine with this situation as well.

She is a "tough cookie," to quote my good friend, Dr. Jim Walton.

On top of this, our youngest daughter, Joanna, is poised to deliver us our third grandchild any day now!

Brenda is most determined not to be in surgery or the hospital when little Owen arrives!

But, do pray for our family today when you have a moment. We will all be most grateful.

15 comments:

Mike said...

You and Brenda will be in my prayers and thoughts all day, my friend.

JBS said...

Larry,

We are praying for your family today. I pray that your family might be showered with the same blessings you have showered upon others. We pray for hopeful news today. We love and cherish the James family.

Grace and peace,

js

Tracy said...

I've been praying for you guys. How is she doing? Tracy

Kasey Lane McCollum said...

My husband and I are praying for you and your family as well.

Larry James said...

Thanks, everyone!

Brenda is doing well. Getting ready to make our way to the hospital. She has an amazing attitude.

Thanks for the prayers and presence.

David D. said...

Larry - I am praying for Brenda and your enitre family. You have alot of people out here who love you. I know everything will turn out just the way we all want it to for Brenda. David D.

IBreakCellPhones said...

Keep us updated, Larry.

I'm praying for you and Brenda as well.

Jeremy Gregg said...

Larry, you and Brenda have been so strong, and your love for each other is an inspiration to all of us. May God's love continue to fill and guide you both. You are in all of our prayers.

Jeremy and Natalie Gregg

Jason Coriell said...

Count me in on the praying.

Larry James said...

UPDATE: Brenda's doc just came out of surgery to tell us that "the tumor just wanted to come out." He was able to "lift" it out with ease and he said it felt to him like it was not malignant. Great news! We won't know for sure until next week on Friday, but even if there is some trouble spots in the growth, he is certain the problem will not continue and the follow up will correct the problem completely!

This is as good as it could be for her. Thanks to all who have been praying for us. Life without friends and community would be really, really tough.

Chris Field said...

This is great news, Larry! Praise God. You and Brenda will continue to be in my prayers.

owldog said...

Yeah, Prayers answered as I am sure they will be on next Friday. I am sure Joanna will hold off for a few days for mom:) Oh it is not up to her it is up to Owen :) Anytime will be a blessing as you guys are to so many people. Larry, I agree I do not see hoe people live and survive without a chance family and community of friends.

Lisa said...

Thinking good thoughts for you . . . hoping the news is good.

Gerald Britt said...

Larry,

Good to hear the great news! You know you've been in my and Terrie's prayers. We've been through the same with our daughter and no matter how optimistic the prognosis its still nerve racking. Give Brenda our love and know that we're continuing in prayer...

KentF said...

Praise God Larry - I had no idea. Brenda is firmly on my prayer list - joining you and your ministry.