(Guest post by Matt)

Today was a pretty incredible day.

Stephanie and I got to the hospital around noon and did all the normal check-in stuff. Registration desk, go down the hall and up the elevator to the surgery waiting room, etc. We’ve done all this before. Surgery was running a little late today, so Stephanie got to spend time with family and friends in the waiting area before heading back.

She was in good spirits when I went back to see her. Our friends and family prayed over her and loved on her just like we always do. She’s ready to get this tumor out of her and get this show on the road again. We prayed for no more cancer. At times as I was praying over her, that’s all I could say. The only thing that came out of my mouth was, “No more cancer. No more cancer.”

Needless to say, God heard our prayers.

Stephanie and I said our goodbyes and told each other how excited we were to see each other on the other side. We were in the waiting room for perhaps a couple hours and I was putting a nice, pretty bow on the blog that I was going to post when MJ (Stephanie’s doctor) turned the corner towards me. I looked at her. She looked at me with two thumbs up.

“Two thumbs up, that’s good?” I asked like an idiot.

MJ sits next to me and says: “I didn’t see any cancer.”

My mind hiccuped painfully. What did she mean? Stephanie’s CT showed it… that’s why we’re here, after all…

MJ said that the ovary on Stephanie’s right side that was left over from the previous surgery was shot. She said that it was pretty gnarly looking. So, that went. But, she said that she looked and looked and she didn’t find any cancer. Aside from the scar tissue and lesions from Stephanie’s previous surgeries…

“One of the cleanest abdomens I’ve ever seen,” she said.

The mass that showed up on the CT was likely Stephanie’s remaining ovary tapping out. I can only imagine what chemotherapy and radiation treatments would do to an ovary. Couple that with blood that still flows to a beaten-up ovary and I would imagine that that is a pretty likely source of pain. They will still microscopically check out the ovary and search for cancer cells, and Stephanie will probably have a CT scan in two months.

So, this means it’s likely that Stephanie won’t need to get chemotherapy like we thought. And that means that she probably won’t even lose her hair like we thought. Or her nails. Or her eyebrows. We prayed for no more cancer. Doctor saw no cancer.

Do you believe yet?

Thank you so so much for all of your prayers and support. Not one comment or Facebook like goes unnoticed, and we value and love each and every one of you. I’ll blog another update later, but today was a good day. Stephanie appears to still be CANCER-FREE!

All glory to God! He is good.

Proverbs 21:31 (MSG)

“Do your best, prepare for the worst—
then trust God to bring victory.”

21 Comments on Speechless

  1. Joyce McCollum
    October 7, 2013 at 7:10 PM (11 years ago)

    Oh, God, Matt! This is such an answer to prayer! We Re happy for you!

  2. Tamara Kemp
    October 7, 2013 at 7:17 PM (11 years ago)

    Praise the Lord!!! <3

  3. Penny Keller
    October 7, 2013 at 7:28 PM (11 years ago)

    Unbelievably unbelievable! I am speechless, I am joyous, I am sputtering. Thank you GOD, thank you God. Forte and pianissimo. Loud and soft, Thank you God. May she not have to have chemo or ever again cancer. Thank you Matt.

    Sent from my iPad


  4. Coleen W.
    October 7, 2013 at 7:49 PM (11 years ago)

    Thank you God! Continue to bless Stephanie and Matt. May all the glory be yours.

  5. Devra
    October 7, 2013 at 9:08 PM (11 years ago)

    Thank you Lord! We are rejoicing with you both and will continue to pray for good health and healing. Also, congrats on finishing your 5K!

  6. Melita N
    October 7, 2013 at 10:19 PM (11 years ago)

    Amen!!!! God is sooooo good!

  7. Stephanie
    October 7, 2013 at 10:22 PM (11 years ago)

    PRAISE THE LORD!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Jeanette
    October 7, 2013 at 10:22 PM (11 years ago)

    Praise the Lord!

  9. Linda
    October 8, 2013 at 1:05 AM (11 years ago)

    God rocks!! YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. linds_r
    October 8, 2013 at 1:50 AM (11 years ago)

    Fantastic news! xx

  11. Dana Thompson
    October 8, 2013 at 5:34 AM (11 years ago)

    Oh happy tears!!! God is soooo good!

  12. Teresa Loudis
    October 8, 2013 at 6:01 AM (11 years ago)

    That is the most wonderful news !! God is good ALL
    the time….Thank you, Father !!!

  13. donnajeanne
    October 8, 2013 at 6:15 AM (11 years ago)

    Dear Matt, When I read Stephanie’s description of your reaction to the last report, I cried, too.
    How wonderful to hear this news FROM YOU in answer to your prayers…
    the Lord is Good, ALL THE TIME! His peace flood you today!! Thank you for sharing your lives with us so we
    can be part of all the miracles the Lord is doing in your lives, not just the physical ones, but also…
    all He is doing in your hearts…what JOY to watch this! Thank you both!

  14. Stacey white
    October 8, 2013 at 6:37 AM (11 years ago)

    God is so good!! Couldn’t stop the flow of tears this morning as I read this. Thank you Matt and Stephanie for your overwhelming glory to our lord. He deserves it all!!

  15. Mandy
    October 8, 2013 at 10:00 AM (11 years ago)

    This blog post gives me goosebumps everytime I read it or see a comment about it. God is so good and so faithful! Matt and Steph you have and will reach so many people with your faith and positive attitudes! God is using you in such a huge way! Love you guys.

  16. Jacqueline
    October 8, 2013 at 1:24 PM (11 years ago)

    As I sit at MD Anderson waiting to see if I have uterine cancer (I’m 44) I read your post and it just made my day! Praise God and all his glory!! I am ecstatic for this amazing news!! God Bless you, your beautiful Stephanie and all of your family!!

  17. Carol
    October 8, 2013 at 1:29 PM (11 years ago)

    Wow that is so awesome!! God is Good!!!

  18. tammy
    October 8, 2013 at 4:55 PM (11 years ago)

    This post made my day! I have been thinking about you and Stephanie ever since I read her update last week. I am so happy for you both, your prayers were definitely answered!!!

  19. Kandace
    October 8, 2013 at 6:55 PM (11 years ago)

    Praise the Lord, I have tears of joy running down my cheeks. I was pretty torn up when I heard you had to go through chemotherapy all over again. I just finished up chemo myself and hate the thought of having to go back again. I pray cancer free forever over you as I do myself and will continue to pray for you. God is so good! Thank you Jesus! I am so happy for you both!


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