Wednesday, January 5, 2011


Hi, Y'all!

Thank you so much for your prayers for us yesterday as we travelled and today as we went through the appointment process at MD Anderson. Everything went very well. Here's the bottom line: We didn't learn or decide anything new today. I'm done for today. Tomorrowing I'm having a brain MRI, and Friday I'm having a PET scan. Then, I'll see the doctor again on Monday. MD Anderson likes to do their own screening and scanning before they devise a treatment plan, and I totally understand that. So, that's what we'll be doing for the next few days. Then, hopefully we'll regroup with the doctor on Monday.

The above photo is in the waiting room this morning. They had those big water tower things, and they were awesome. So peaceful! The whole place really was upbeat and positive, and the appointment was, too. I know that's a result of your specific prayers for us!

So, today Brian is headed back home to work, and Dad will be staying with me in Houston for the next couple of days. I'll tell ya, I don't know what I'd do without so many wonderful people to take care of me. They are the best!

Several people have asked why I'm at MD Anderson if I don't have any detectable cancer. Here's the scientific answer behind it - once you have cancer in your lymph system, you can know that it's circulating through your blood. One doctor said, "It's out of the barn." We feel certain that I have cancerous cells lurking in my body, so we are looking for a treatment that will take care of those cells before they make tumors and cause problems. Cancer, itself, isn't the problem, it's when it takes over regular body functions that it becomes a problem. Another doctor said cancer cells are like neighbors. Good neighbors never make problems, but loud, inconsiderate neighbors make your life miserable. We're trying to make sure that my cancer is a good neighbor. That's probably way more of an explanantion than any of you cared to know, but there you go.

So, we're doing well. I sat in the waiting room and meditated on Psalm 118 this morning before I went into the exam room. Again, I have NO idea what unbelievers do on days like today. This is ONLY possible with the Lord. That's it. I don't think I could exist a single second without His peace, joy, and hope!

I'll admit that I'm never excited about diagnostic tests. Ignorance is bliss. I don't want to know. But, I know that I must know in order to determine the best treatment. And, with the constant help of the Lord, I'll rejoice in the results of the tests.

If they are all clear - Praise the Lord! But, if the are not, Praise the Lord, for He is bringing about major healing in me, and in 50 years everyone will say, "Wow! Look what God did for Lindsey! He healed her! He restored her to health! He showed His extreme power and victory over Satan's attack on Her physical body. Praise be to God Almighty!"

So, still I say, "I trust Him with me. He's healing me. I can rest in His perfect care. I will not fear, for He is with me."


Melanie from The Pigg Pen said...

Glad today went well! Safe travels home for Brian. So sweet that you get to hang out with your Dad for the next few days. I hope you can do something fun together while you're there. Just so you know, I'm expecting to get an invitation to your 70th something birthday party in 50 years. :)

Erin said...

Prayers for wisdom and clarity. Keep us posted. (Your sassy hat is super cute, by the way.) :)

Paula said...

Lindsey and Brian,
Each day, I wake up and pray that God would heal you for that day. One day at a time until he decides on his big healing, which is any day now. I pray that you start each new day refreshed, healthy, and ready for whatever He puts in your path. Whether it be battle or singing praises to Him on high. You are a strong woman and we will stand and sing His praises with you each day for what he has done in the life of Lindsey and Brian Pond! Thank you Jesus for sending them to M.D. Anderson.
Storming His Throne on your behalf!
The Chaffin's

Amber said...

Praying for you dear one! I have a local friend who will be at MD on Monday as well with her Daddy. Praying!

Julie-CA said...

What a beautiful area in the waiting room. Looks very peaceful.

I am thinking about you Lindsey and hope your spirits remain high throughout the next several days of testing, results and treatment discussions. Also, I hope you and your Dad have a wonderful time visiting with eachother and that you will cope with being apart from Brian better then you expect to. I know it is hard being apart from our other halfs...

You are in my heart always.

k_stin said...

Praying for you about many things. I have had to go for only a few tests and cannot believe how expensive they are, so I'm praying for your finances! I'm praying for your body and your doctors and appointments this week.

Also, a few times in the last few posts you have reminded me of Shadrach, Meshac, and Abednago (sp?) in the fiery furnace..."But even if he does not, we will not serve your gods." For you, it is "But even if the cancer is there, I will still praise God." I mean that in the best, most uplifting way.

katie said...

Still praying for you all week! Those bubble towers look relaxing.

Your faith and story is so encouraging. Keep up the faith Lindsey: The Lord has great things planned for you!

Anonymous said...

Amen, darling. You summed it up perfectly.

You've chosen the best for your warriors. MD Anderson is awesome. A blessing right there - that you live so close. See? God planted you there for a reason.

You remain in my prayers.


Elizabeth said...

praying for you.

Alabamamom said...

I've been praying for y'all all day. Continued prayers for wisdom, healing, and peace.