Surgery 411

Good evening friends! Just wanted to let y’all know more about my surgery this coming week.

My radical hysterectomy is scheduled for Wednesday 2/8 at 12:30pm. I will be checking in at the hospital around 10:30am. You are welcome to come by and pray with us beforehand. The more prayer, encouragement, love, and support we can get would be wonderful! I spoke with my Anesthesiologist yesterday, and he informed me that surgery should take 2-3 hours, and then I’ll be in recovery for 2 more hours. Most likely, due to the invasive nature of this type of procedure, I’ll probably be pretty out of it once I’m settled into my room. I’ll be on high doses of pain meds (hallelujah!), so I know I won’t be up for much conversation. I will however, be staying at the hospital for about 3 days, so there might be more time to visit with me then. Matt will keep you updated through my blog regarding how surgery goes and how I’m doing. I know many of you want to help in some way, and  I need you to know that that is so meaningful to both Matt and I. My mom is setting up a schedule for those who want to make us meals or help out in other ways once I’m back home. If you’d like to send cards, letters, care packages, etc, please feel free! The kind words and comments that you all have shared on this blog, have been extremely uplifting. It makes me full of joy when I read your encouraging thoughts and prayers. Keep them coming!

I must say, the closer it gets, the more nervous I become. After all, I’ve only had my wisdom teeth removed. I’ve never even had braces! No broken bones. No stitches. This experience is going to be brand new to me. In just a matter of days, I’ll be knocked out, cut open, organs removed, and put back together. I’ll wake up with a nice incision on my lower belly. I’m praying it’s not very large. I can guarantee that I’ll be very thankful for the pain meds, because I know I’ll be very sore.

Do any of you ever think how weird this whole thing is? I have that thought every single day. This entire situation is so weird. I have cancer. Not only that, but I have stage 3 cancer. I have to receive all 3 types of treatment: surgery, radiation, and chemo. My Radiologist just informed me the other day that if the treatments don’t work, this will be a fatal disease. Thanks, Doc…I figured as much. Weird! Crazy! Unexpected! All of the above. Never would I have imagined that I would go through something like this. In fact, my husband and I have had conversations about rewinding back to our wedding day. Who would’ve thought that not even 2 years later, I would be diagnosed with cancer. Surely not us.

I’ve had some ups and downs in this journey thus far, and I know there will be many more to come. My faith, fortunately, has not wavered. God is the great physician, and for that I’m immensely blessed. He’s here with me now, will be with me during surgery and the many radiation and chemo treatments, and will cross the finish line of remission right beside me.

If you need further information, such as our address, or the hospital information, feel free to contact me!

Deuteronomy 31:6 (Message Version)

“Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; He won’t leave you.”

7 Comments on Surgery 411

  1. Paige Williamson
    February 4, 2012 at 11:10 PM (12 years ago)

    Dear Steph,

    Yes, I have definitely thought about how weird this experience must be for you. It’s crazy!! I’ve been thinking of you so much lately and still can’t believe all you and your family are going through. You are right about your pain meds – you will be thankful!! Having had a C-section, I can totally relate to that! Eric and I have both had major surgery with hefty incisions and they’ve healed so nicely you would hardly know they are there. Don’t panic when you see yours for the first time – it will be OK! Take care of yourself in the days following your surgery. Cut yourself some major slack and don’t try to do too much. You will be glad you did. Your courage and faith is a blessing to so many people. God is being glorified through this situation. I’m so happy to see how much peace and strength he is giving you and Matt. It’s awesome! I will see you Wednesday morning. Don’t be nervous…YOU GOT THIS!! :-)


  2. Megan Serna
    February 4, 2012 at 11:16 PM (12 years ago)

    We are praying for you & Matt! I’m sure the best you can do right now is take it one moment at a time… Praying that those moments stay filled with peace in the midst of it all.

  3. KC Dierenfield
    February 4, 2012 at 11:41 PM (12 years ago)

    Amen Steph! It is very weird! Seems like only yesterday we watched you and Matt walk down the isle! Your faith is so strong and soooo many prayers are being sent to our Heavenly Father in your behalf! We are all keeping those angels busy! May the Holy Spirit, the God of all Comfort, keep your heart in His perfect peace in Christ Jesus.
    Hugs, KC

  4. Mom
    February 5, 2012 at 12:10 AM (12 years ago)

    Dearest Stephanie … You know what I keep thinking? God is the very same today as He was the day before you were diagnosed. In fact, He is the very same today as He was on the day you were married. He was good then, and He is good now, He will be good next week, and He will be good when you are declared CANCER-FREE! Loads of love :)

  5. Stephanie Oleson
    February 5, 2012 at 2:31 PM (12 years ago)

    Thank you Steph for the specifics because that means all of us who are praying for you will pray VERY specifically! We will pray for your surgeon, for your anesthesiologist, for your nurses and every single aspect of your recovery and your treatments. God will be with you through it ALL and He will bring you through this with flying colors.
    Stephanie Oleson

  6. Laura
    February 6, 2012 at 7:58 AM (12 years ago)

    We will be praying for you and Matt….sweet peace to fill your hearts and for God to continue to heal you.

  7. Malisa
    February 6, 2012 at 12:27 PM (12 years ago)


    Your strength and faith in Christ will not only help you through this but will help you survive this. It is those who stay positive and surround themselves with faith and happiness that show cancer who’s boss! You are doing just that! Everyone is already excited to celebrate your 1, 3, and 5 year marks of being a cancer survivor! We are rooting for you! Stay strong and stay faithful!


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