Addendum:

I just scheduled the biopsy for this Friday morning at 9:30 am (it will be by a needle guided by CT scan). I would just ask that you would be especially praying that morning, for peace (I’m really nervous about the procedure itself). Pray that the Lord would enter into that mass and make it benign (even if it isn’t already). I have a follow up appointment to find out the results on Nov. 18th (Wednesday at 10:30 am); I know you all are praying, but please remember that day and that time especially. Thank you all, your prayers mean everything to us!

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This post is going to be a little different, I wish I didn’t have to type it.

I went to the doctor on Friday, I expected for him to tell me that I have a hernia — I had had a CT scan and Ultrasound previously. Instead he told me that I have a relatively large “mass” or growth in my lower right abdominal area (close to my kidney). I was shocked to say the least (floored), as was my wife (and we still are). In fact I’ve never been so scared in my life. One of the hard parts about this is that we are waiting for a biopsy, which should happen this week. My doctor told me all the possibilities, it could be: lymphoma, testicular (doubtful), another kind of cancer (can’t really remember the name), or benign. Of course we are desperately praying that it is the latter, benign. I just would like to ask all of you to pray for both me and my young family (I’m in my mid-thirties) . . . truth be told I’m not doing good at all right now! It’s a battle for me not to run, in my mind, to the worst case scenario; again I would just ask that you would pray with us that it turns out to be benign, which is a real possibility. My doctor told me that my case is not terminal, and he has been very encouraging. Also please pray that I can get my biopsy quickly (and again, of course, that the results will be favorable [the benign diagnosis]).

The primary thing my wife and I are finding comfort in is that we are in the LORD’s hands; and that none of this is surprising to Him, and that none of what is happening hasn’t first been filtered through His love for us! We know that He is going to work this out for the good!

Thank you!

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