Date

August 19, 2016

Area

Health Adventure!

Companion

My family

Week 12: MORE PLOT TWISTS

Hello friends!

So....I've been recovering from surgery well - it
was really weird to be so weak and out of it for a while but I have a lot more energy now, even though I can't lift things still.  They removed the entire ovarian cyst, and my left ovary which it was attached to (there was no saving it), and also my appendix for good measure.  They initially declared it low malignant potential - which means they didn't outright see cancer but it wasn't benign.
The full pathology report (from Harvard!) came back on Friday, (analyzing the cyst they removed) and they found microscopic bits of cancer, now calling it a form of ovarian cancer.  This means I need to have another surgery so the doctor can take samples from different parts of my body to see if the cancer has spread and I'll
need to have 3 chemotherapy treatments at least, and more if it has spread.  I will lose all my hair even with the minimal amount of treatments, but I'm really excited to wear scarves actually.

So I'm staying home from my mission much longer than I planned - earliest possible (if it hasn't spread) would be
January but that is optimistic. (and assuming that they let me go back)  I haven't decided yet where I want to do my treatments, at the Huntsman in Utah or at Stanford in California.

I don't know a lot of things at this point, but I do know that the Lord has a plan.  :)  I really have liked this scripture recently:

Alma 36: 27
And I have been supported under trials and troubles of every kind, yea, and in all manner of afflictions; yea, God has delivered me from prison, and from bonds, and from death; yea, and I do put my trust in him, and
he will still deliver me.

I am so thankful that we were able to catch this cancer now and that I have received so much support and prayers.  I'm trusting in the Lord and know that this is His plan for me now.
I'm in California at the moment, and I'll be at the Woodland Park Ward on Sunday :)

Love you! Thank you!
--
Sister Atkinson




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