Wednesday, July 11, 2012

a bottle of light and some news





The news... is that prayers work and are being answered.  I have felt peace and calm, resting firmly in His hands.  I fully believe your fervent prayers make all the difference in my life!

Dr. Foster greeted me warmly this morning.  He gave me a thorough exam and voiced concern over getting my wound healed.  He made me pull and push, kick and resist, and listen and look.  I was mentally cleared.  He then reached for the MRI report and I swallowed hard.   In an almost casual way, he said "well the report says the tumor has shrunk considerably, and... there are NO new spots!  So really, we need to get that wound healed up."

And I'm like, "no really, we just need to sit here and bask in that report... and a happy dance of some sort is certainly in order!"

He laughed and said we'll scan again in 3 months but I won't have to see him for 6 months.  But if something should crop up in the meantime, just give him a call.


After he left, my friend Heather, who is also an RN came in to see me.  She has some pretty big plans for a fundraiser that will both help Moorhead Youth Hockey, and our family.  And Dr. Foster?  Wanted to be involved.  So since he is a classically trained musician, he offered to play the piano.  And Dr. Panwalkar said he would come too.  And every time I start to wonder and question what God has in store for me, he answers with blessings and abundance.  Sometimes, the hard is intermixed, but it loses its luster compared to the brilliance of the light shining all around it.

My friend Elizabeth sent me this necklace.  Its a glass bottle of "light."  But the cover actually screws off and you can put fragrance in their if you want.  Its been such a conversation piece- when I tell everyone its my bottle of light.  I've been getting to tell a lot of people... you see...



Yesterday was a pretty amazing day too.  A few months ago, I was contacted by The Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation, out of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  They somehow had heard my story and wanted to know if I would be willing to share it with them.  So they hired a media company in Los Angeles and they interviewed me over the phone a few times.  After that they read through my blog.  Then they asked if I could be interviewed on camera for some television spots they want to make.  They want to start a whole new advertising campaign here in Fargo to highlight all of the great resources that will soon be available to cancer patients.  

So yesterday I went out to Horace and sat for a three hour session of telling my story of breast cancer.  They had interviewed several people before me.  We laughed and cried, and hopefully I made sense.  I spoke of blessings, and gratitude, and walking with fear, and praying for a cure.  And hoping that a cure comes soon, so that no more mother's have to tell their families they have a terminal, incurable, illness.  

And when they asked who I turn to?  Well Him of course, and YOU, all of you.  They nodded, yes, "she's the writer" they whispered behind me.  And YOU are all the readers that are so essential to this journey you have all dared to take with me.  Because of you, through you, the story goes wider every day.  And one of these days, the story will be about a cure, I just know it.  










48 comments:

  1. YAHOOOOO VICKY!!! I am doing the happy dance jump up and down high fives all around with you! Congrats to a good scan.
    Enjoy your beautifully deserved day today!!! :)
    xo
    Michelle

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    1. Thanks girlie :) A victory for me is a victory for all of us sistas! Keep believing sweetie- just keep believing!

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  2. Love the light necklace. More than that, loving reading about your MRI news. Thanks for blogging; still reading and praying over here in Zurich. God bless!

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    1. Hi Susan,

      There are so many places I have never been, but I have to say I spent a week in Zurich and it was one of my most favorite places. I love that you read and comment from a place that I so loved! Blessings to you Susan!

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  3. I am so, so thrilled to read this. Have been praying off and on all morning, and this makes me very happy. My kiddos, too, will be thrilled for Ms. Vicky. ;)

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    1. Oh Melissa, those precious kiddos of yours- Miss Vicky sends all kinds of love and hugs their way. Thank you for the prayers- always thank you.

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  4. I am Tickled pink at this greeaaat news! Now lets get that wound healed!!

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    1. Becky- I need to come and catch up- I've seen some posts going up and haven't read them yet :) And Yes, Dr. Foster was all about getting that wound healed!

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  5. delighted to hear this news! honestly, I was hoping there would be an update today! Prayer is amazing - drawing close to Him and trust is esssential in any journey - you helped me understand that more than I already did!

    yes a cure indeed; I will fight with you for that - cancer unfortunately touches too many lives - by our Faith and Hope we can make it happen!

    Excited to see your interviews!

    Love you! Let's talk soon!
    xoTiffany

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    1. Hi Tiffany- you have done so well trusting and believing and stepping forward in faith :) I'm so proud of you and all you have accomplished! Love you too girlie, we'll talk soon!

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  6. doing my special HAPPY DANCE right here in my kitchen with tears in my eyes as i celebrate the news of the MRI!!!

    the words of Like a River Glorious say, "they who trust Him wholly, find Him wholly true." so true, so true.

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    1. Hey Jenn- love those words... trust him wholly, find him wholly true. Thank you for that- and the dance of happy too :)

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  7. Rejoicing with you and spilling tears of happy gratitude!

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    1. Thank you Susan! Happy gratitude- exactly right :)

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  8. Praise God for wonderful news, bottles of light and happy dances!!! You deserve the full measure of joy that each of these blessings bring! Congratulations beautiful!

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    1. Holly- thank you for celebrating so fully with me in this moment- I know you understand how hard-won they are and that they don't come often or easily :)

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  9. I just know it too!
    I love having a reason to do the happy dance. . .I'm off to do one now:)
    Congratulations on wonderful news!!!

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  10. Can you see/feel/hear me happy dancing?!!!

    The bottle of light is simply a symbol, because YOU ARE LIGHT!

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    1. Bonnie- Oh yes I can! You all are so great - you ride the ups and downs with me so faithfully and it means more to me than I can ever say :)

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  11. Oh, Vicky, that is such good news. I too have been thinking and praying off and on all day--SO thankful for great news for you. I can't wait to read that story of a cure, praying that is a story we get to read.

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    1. Becky- the hope for a cure is such a tangible dream these days- I truly believe it will come- for all of us :) Thank you for all of those prayers Becky- they make such a difference.

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  12. Sweet Vicky, I just read this post with tears in my eyes. I feel like doing cartwheels! This is excellent news...I am SO HAPPPPPY to hear your news!!
    I'm thinking of you and am sending many, many big huge hugs from Vegas!!!

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    1. Jen- I'm feeling those hugs all the way from Vegas! I feel like I could "do" Vegas I am so excited :) And believe me, that is saying a lot :) Hugs to you sweetie!

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  13. Oh Vicky, how wonderful that you got such a good report! Hallelujah! Prayers are being answered for sure. I'm sitting here smiling, rejoicing in your good news!

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    1. Thank you sweet friend- I truly believe all of your prayers have helped me so much!

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  14. First the big "Yahoo!" for the news of a shrunken head! (Well, tumor inside the head but you know there are just too many times the humor cannot come out and now I get to celebrate)! Now for getting this wound healed! And "she's the writer" is exactly right! So GLAD for you to get the exposure that may help so many women, including you. God IS at work and so MUCH to be thankful for today!! Ending with a big "Yahoo" as well. THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR GOOD NEWS SO QUICKLY! Love you!

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    1. I am feeling honored and blessed all at once and hoping I can shine the light back on Him. I feel such a tiny part of his bigger plan, and am trying to just move forward faithfully. Love you dear friend!

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  15. Wonderful news Vicky!!! And YAHOO on spreading the word! Oh for there to be a day when a mother doesn't have to give that news to her children!
    Bless you sweet lady!

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    1. Deb,

      Exactly- what a true celebration that will be when one day a cancer diagnosis doesn't have to mean the end of a life! I am hopeful!

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  16. Wept with JOY over this great news! I now know why you have been on my mind and heart so much the last few days. Have found myself praying for you a lot though thousands of miles away! Believing for healing of your wound! Dancing with you in my heart.

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    1. Jenny, I so appreciate those fervent prayers- they truly make a difference! I'm dancing along side of you!

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  17. Hallelujah! Shout it from the housetops....God is so good!
    Dearest Vicky....I'm sending you the biggest hug!!!!
    Blessings and my continued prayers,
    Carolynn xo
    "He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it in you!"

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    1. Carolynn- thank you for those prayers and blessings- my cup is overflowing and I am feeling blessed!

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  18. This made my whole YEAR!
    Hold your hand up high. Give it a second. There! High fives between us!!!
    Thank you, Lord for the "Yes" you gave my friend!
    I'm on vacation right now but will write more soon.
    Love you my friend,
    J.

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    1. High five and big hugs and lots of love! Enjoy vacation time!! Love you right back my sweet friend!

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  19. That photo you posted says it all Vicky! I am sooooo happy for you. You have been so faithly to God and he really does hear your prayers and All of our prayers as well. This was the best news I could read today, so very, very happy for you. Now go do that happy dance at home!!!!

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    1. Thanks Lisa- our prayers and support have meant everything to me! I'm dancing- I promise :)

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  20. AMAZING!!!!!! and such great news!!! Woohooooo!!!!... and just.. wow. So happy for you, Vicky.

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    1. Thanks Karen... I really appreciate all of your support and encouragement!

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  21. Awesome news! Awesome, awesome, awesome!! Let's keep that tumor shrinking, no new spots appearing, and get that wound healed -- then we have a cruise to talk about!!!! Glad you had a wonderful week with Lee, Kelly and the girls -- the kids are all growing up so fast! Christopher just can't wait to see Nolan and Colton again!

    PS - so with the Gopher's out -- where is it that Nolan wants to go??????

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    1. Cruise- yes! We are long overdue! Ha- Nolan- UND :)

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  22. amazing....truly amazing news. and just so you know, we're all happy dancing with you !!
    xo

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  23. Oh Vicky, you are definitely THE writer. Keep doing it as it will take you places you don't expect. It's already happening. The sheer agony of waiting for the results must be nerve racking. Prayer works and so does a positive mind. You are proof. And I hope you did one long happy dance and basked in the moment.

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  24. You are a gifted writer. I have been transfixed by your blog. Your light is shining!

    You are loved. You are supported. You are prayed for. If we could see the Unseen, we would be able to witness what is happening on your behalf...!

    Breathe your moments in. He is holy.

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    1. -----Cheyenne at Little Prairie Baby (my regular profile isn't working.)

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