And then this happened...

And then this happened...

“I got the results of the biopsy, it is cancer.” This was what I heard Richard say when I answered the phone while I was working. It was September 20th; we had only been married 19 days. I don’t remember what I said before I hung up the phone. I barely remember anything that happened the remainder of that day. We were only weeks into our marriage when he had to go for a biopsy for potential prostate cancer. This would be the second biopsy after one earlier in the year was inconclusive; we never thought it would actually come back this way. Why God? Why now God? We had finally gotten married after 4 ½ years of dating and waiting. Was this really how the story goes? Cancer? Potential impotence? Incontinence? These were all things going through our minds, but not for long as Richard kept saying “that is not the God we serve.” He had faith enough for both of us that he would be healed. During this time we were so grateful for the foundation that we had laid in our relationship. We had taken the time to become best friends and to have a solid emotional and spiritual connection. If our relationship had been based on the physical this diagnosis could have torn us apart. We could see Gods hand in every part of the process. After much prayer and research we chose to have robotic surgery to remove his prostate. The day of the surgery I was overwhelmed with many emotions. It meant so much to me to have a dear friend drive over at 5am to sit with me. God gives us what we need even when we don’t know we need it. Richard had unwavering faith throughout the surgery and recovery. He was so right! Of course, the process of having the surgery and post-surgery had its ups and downs. We were so grateful for the friends and family that God placed in our lives to walk through this time with us. God’s favor was with us through people visiting at the hospital, bringing food, or even financial blessings to help pay the bills. We were overwhelmed by the love we were shown. For so many people this diagnosis can be a long and sometimes tragic road. That is why we are beyond grateful for God’s intervention in our story. Each month that passed Richard had fewer and fewer symptoms. Time goes by so quickly. This week we went back for his one year checkup. I am so happy to report that Richard is cancer free and symptom free! God is our Healer and we are so grateful!