From Sarah on the eve of her surgery- with thanks

I cannot thank all of you enough for the steady flow of prayers and good wishes that has been flooding ine– I’m sharing all of them with my whole family, and they can absolutely feel your support. You guys never cease to amaze me.

The surgery is scheduled to begin tomorrow morning round 7, CST and will probably go until 7 or 8 p.m. I will update as we get news.

This is a part of what Sarah posted on her Facebook page yesterday. I wanted to leave you guys with this as we face the surgery ahead, because it is such a clear window into my niece’s quiet strength and faith.  On behalf of all of us who love her, thank you again so very much for caring about her, too.

I’m in Benton, trying to manage pain and seizures until Tuesday, when I go back in for the big operation. It’s supposed to last between 12-13 hours, so it will be a long day. There’s a team of doctors who will work on me, since it’s such a long operation. There are lots of risks associated w/ the surgery, so that’s the new worry. They’ve said I was almost definitely be deaf in my left ear after the surgery, which I’m oddly ok with. It will take adjusting, but will be ok. Because of where the tumor is though, there is great chance of running into facial nerves. We’ve talked about everything from not being able to swallow or close my eye, facial drooping, not being able to smile, etc. This is by far my biggest worry. Something about having to see myself for the rest of my life, and not looking the same really bothers me. One of the big things I’m thankful for though is that I’m not stuck making hard choices right now, trying to decide what is the best route. There’s basically no options for me-here’s the problem, here’s what has to be done. So, I know I can’t spend my time and energy worrying about things. It’s going to be what it’s going to be. As much as it’s not what I would have planned for myself, it could always be worse. I’ve been overwhelmed by the love and support of others. I knew I had a lot of support, but wow! As someone who HATES doctors, I actually feel very calm about the operation. I know that’s because so many people are praying for me. God likes to often remind me that I’m not the boss, so maybe I was needing a little reminder :)

I should have been leaving today to head to Jamaica to get married, but God had other plans. That’s ok though, we will get there sometime. It’s funny that last week my concerns were getting through the week, working out a lot, tanning a lot, and getting ready for my wedding. This week, my concerns were staying alive and getting out of ICU. It’s crazy how things change! There’s still a lot of “what ifs” to get through, but that’s ok. I’m just ready to get this show on the road-as usual, I need to get better-I have lots on my “to-do” list!!


10 Responses

  1. delightedabroad

    Am still praying. And God surely is cuddling you in His loving arms to give you comfort and peace, Sarah.

  2. jonny

    Again, thanks for sharing ! = )

  3. LindaB

    ((((Sarah)))) You certainly have that “peace that passeth understanding”, Girl! You are living proof that God “wilt keep (her) in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because (she) trusteth in thee.” Anyone with the kind of faith you have can rest assured that God has great plans for you! And I just KNOW that on the other side of this surgery, folks that love you and have prayed for you will be rejoicing and thanking Him for His great love and care for you……and His mercy that endures forever!

    So, you’re right—–let’s get this show on the road so we can begin the praise party! And the wedding plans!!

  4. Phyllis S

    Sarah, many prayers are with you this morning.

  5. ginnh

    Saying a prayer and thinking of you. You have the love and support of family, friends and those of us strangers who, in our hearts, thing of you as a friend. God is watching over you today and everyday.

  6. bettyrwoodward

    Still praying for you all and that the surgery will be a success with no side effects.

  7. Karin

    Praying for Sarah, and your whole family Tori. Thank you for sharing, and allowing us to support you.

  8. JanetB

    There’s not anything to add to what everyone has already said…prayers continue…and we know that He is faithful to hear us. Hallelujah!

  9. MostlySunny

    Ditto to everything that’s been said…

    Let’s see what God has in store for you, Sarah. God IS for you!

  10. jonny

    And you were specifically designed and created for Him and His good purposes = )

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