A Call from the Surgeon

Last night Tracy and I did receive a call from our surgeon, Dr. Lisa Rutstein – the MRI results were in. In the effected breast, half of the tissue is either cancerous or pre-cancerous, so this will call for a “simple” mastectomy. Now, if you are like Tracy and I, all we could picture was a traumatic surgery with awful physical transformation. But things have changed a lot, and by the grace of God the expectation is that Tracy will come out of the operating room “complete”. Praise God for men and women who have invested their lives in training to be part of God’s work in healing and redemption (even though many do not see Him in their work – yet!).

Of great importance – the cancer has not affected the skin cells or the chest wall! That is great news. We will not know about the lymph system until surgery, when they will remove one of the nodes and test it. Some other good news, Tracy’s other breast shows no cancer (Lobular Carcinoma patients tend to have cancer in both breasts in 10 to 20% of cases).

Dr. Rutstein said that they would set up appointments for us for this Wednesday with herself (to see the MRI), the oncologist, and the reconstruction team – so it will be a busy day.  We are really impressed with our surgeon – she has been incredibly helpful, compassionate, and we were told by one of our freinds at Maine Medical that she is a “phenominal” surgeon.  We feel blessed.

Please pray for us as there are still major decisions that will have to be made. We will find out about Tracy’s need for radiation, and post-surgical follow-up as time goes on.

Please pray that our confidence would rest on God alone, and that our joy would overflow because He blessed us with such wonderful medical facilities and personnel. Please pray that God would glorify Himself in the lives of many through this – we don’t mean this as code for “let this all turn out to be simple and pleasing to our designs”, we want for God to show Himself to us to be beautiful regardless of the outcome. We want for God to call each of us to find Him to be our Treasure as we think of how we would handle the same news. We long for Jesus to be our life, even if we lose ours.

May we not be like Israel in Hosea 10:1, “The more his fruit increased, the more altars he built; as his country improved, he improved his pillars.” But may we respond to God’s call to Israel in 10:12, “Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.”


6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Corinna Nadeau on November 4, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    Just wanted to let you know we are praying for you!
    Lots of Love and Blessings!!


  2. Posted by Nick Gerry on November 4, 2008 at 5:12 pm



  3. Posted by Vicki on November 4, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    Praise God!


  4. Posted by Deb Sepulveda on November 5, 2008 at 6:47 am

    Mark and Tracy,

    JUst a quick note as I am running out of town for a week…

    To let you know we are praying,

    and I agree, working at Maine Med I have heard nothing but amazingly glowing reports about Lisa Rutstein.

    I think God has provided well with her.



  5. Posted by Megan on November 6, 2008 at 7:06 am

    Praising God for His faithfulness with you in all things. Hallelujah. We’ll keep praying for the details as you mentioned and for God to be magnified.
    Love you family!


  6. Posted by Chris & Angie Homer on November 6, 2008 at 8:45 am

    Tracy & Mark,

    We have been praying for you as well!! You are lifted up to our Precious Lord each day, and will continue to be.

    May the Lord bless you and keep you!!

    The Homer’s
    Chris & Angie


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