On June 12, my wife Gay had surgery at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston to remove a tumor (low-grade condrosarcoma) from the second rib on the right side of her sternum. The surgery was successful. Healthcare professionals, friends, colleagues, bishops, parishioners, and former parishioners all were at her side and mine before, during, and after the surgery. Prayers, food, flowers, visits, and love abounded in the healing process.
Tuesday, July 15, Dr. Stephen Swisher, Gay's surgeon examined her and released her! The tumor is gone, the margins are clear, there is no additional treatment, and her next follow up is six months away. Our car was packed so we could leave directly for three weeks of vacation and visits to family and out of town friends. As we travel, our hearts are glad and filled with gratitude for the team of people and the host of angels God provided to heal her and support me so I could help her.
Gay walked out of the hospital after her appointment on Tuesday with a special spring in her step and an beautiful outer glow from the light within. She invites you to visit her site, http://gaypogue.typepad.com/ for her viewpoint on all of this.