“Nothing worrisome” was the ENT doctor’s good report of my recent visit.
My heart started turning cartwheels at those words. Yay! No cancer!
My experience with tongue cancer began in 2003 when I had an uncomfortable sore on my tongue that would not heal. Because I didn’t fit a profile for oral cancer, cancer wasn’t expected. However, after the biopsy, the doctor confirmed it was cancer. The treatment for me has been regular checkups with the Ear, Nose and Throat doctor. If there is any suspicious or worrisome tissue, he removes it, sending for a biopsy. To date I’ve had six surgeries on my tongue. The most recent biopsy was in 2012, which was a good report. The last cancer diagnosis was in 2009. Even though I have passed the five-year mark from the last diagnosis, I will still see the ENT every six months. I’m OK with that because oral cancer can grow fast.
After the doctor’s appointment, I did my post checkup prayer and praise routine to God at my piano.
Whether it is a good report or cancer, it is time to pray and praise.
This verse came to mind today:
Not to us, Lord, not to us
but to your name be the glory,
because of your love and faithfulness. Psalm 115:1
In my upcoming devotional book, The Grace Impact, I share more on coping with tongue cancer. When we go through difficult times, God’s unseen grace sustains us. The theme verse for book, Second Corinthians 9:8, states
God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.
God is able. He makes grace abound to us. His grace is sufficient so that we can go forward in His grace.
Today I’m praising God for the good report, knowing I will go forward in His grace.
What good report can you share today?