October 21, 2011

Hello... checking in!

Well, I can see it has been a year since I last posted.  Ummmm.... too long, and no excuses!!!  But I do have good news:  I have several posts in the works and lots of ideas for many more.  So stay tuned! :)

As for the update on my health--I think most (if not all) of my current blog followers are also friends on facebook.  As such, you were updated through my notes on my facebook site.  But for the sake of any new people who happen upon here, I will attach those update notes here.

Praise to God

by Tracy Bergsma on Tuesday, 19 October 2010 at 15:59

I was just mixing up some brownies to bake for my kids to eat and this song sprang out of my heart! Then I stopped to really "listen" to the words I was singing:

The trusting heart to Jesus clings, nor any ill forbodes,
But at the cross of Calv'ry sings Praise God for lifted loads!

The passing days bring many cares "Fear not" I hear Him say.
And when my fears are turned to prayers, the burdens slip away.

He tells me of my Father's love and never slumb'ring eye.
My everlasting King above will all my needs supply.

When to the throne of grace I flee, I find the promise true:
The mighty hands upholding me will bear my burdens too.

Singing I go along life's road, praising the Lord, praising the Lord.
Singing I go along life's road, for Jesus has lifted my load.

~~Eliza E. Hewitt, 1851-1920~~

God is SO good, and His peace is amazing! I know HE put this song in my heart and made me mindful of its truth.
This is even more precious to me in light of recent circumstances and trials. Some of you know what I'm talking about. I only wish to praise the Lord and give Him all the glory, whatever the outcome.

Thank you for your prayers!

by Tracy Bergsma on Friday, 29 October 2010 at 17:13

Well, for everyone who has been praying for me, and is wondering about today.... everything went well!

I had my biopsy and am now home, but did have excessive bleeding which concerned the doctor and nurse somewhat. It took a while to get the bleeding stopped and I had to have my dressing changed a second time. The doctor said he didn't see any reason for concern, as it appeared to be just a cyst... but he still did the biopsy, taking two samples. The results will be sent to my family physician within 5-7 days and I should hear from him what the results are. But it seems to be a pretty good prognosis.

Thank you all so much for you prayers, cyber hugs, words of encouragement and just being there for me. I really appreciate it all and it has helped me through a very trying time. God bless each of you. I will let you know when I get the official diagnosis from my doctor.

Love, Tracy

Health update!

by Tracy Bergsma on Wednesday, 24 November 2010 at 09:20
Dear friends,

I have been remiss in keeping you informed about my health situation! Please forgive me.

I have talked with my Doctor last week and the biopsy is negative for cancer.... Praise the Lord! He then referred me to a specialist who could give a second opinion and also decide how to further proceed with these "growths". So I had one cyst aspirated (drained) while in the specialist's office and he is recommending surgery to remove the benign tumour. This should be happening before Christmas, but I do not yet have a date for the surgery. I would appreciate your continued prayers for this, as it is actual surgery under general anesthetic. It will, however, be a day surgery and I will be sent home the same day.

Thank you all so much for your prayers and support and encouragement! God is good... ALL the time! :)

Love, Tracy

Update to my update! ;)

by Tracy Bergsma on Thursday, 25 November 2010 at 11:05
The specialist called me yesterday. My surgery is scheduled for Wednesday, December 8, 2010. I must arrive at the hospital for 8:00am and then be directed through all the necessary procedures accordingly. I will be sent home later the same day, but will be given general anesthesia for the surgery. I'm sure all will go well. I thank God that it is not cancer, but I must still deal with the inconvenience of the surgery and healing afterward. Thank you for your continued prayers!

Surgery done and life moves on!

by Tracy Bergsma on Sunday, 12 December 2010 at 20:45

Well, hello my faithful readers and encouragers! I am FINALLY writing once again to let you know how things have gone with my health concerns and recovery.

I had my surgery on Wednesday, December 8th, at the Lakeridge Health Centre here in Oshawa. All went well, and I came home in the late afternoon of the same day. I've had a few days of rest (boredom is more like it) and a few doses of Tylenol 3 with codeine. I have not felt much discomfort but a little tenderness. I have not used any medication (not even regular Tylenol) since Friday. Of course, being who I am.... I have pushed myself a little too much too soon and today (Sunday) I am feeling quite tired and uncomfortable.

I praise God that I have no cancer and apparently the lump has been successfully removed. I still wait to have a follow-up with the specialist who performed the surgery and I will know more details then. It was definitely not a picnic... but I have survived and am well! :) Thank God for friends and family who have been praying for me. I am very thankful to Richard (my significant other) for taking the time off work and driving 2-1/2 hours to spend a long, boring day with me at the hospital and making sure that I was fine. It must be love!!!! ;-D (he he he)

So although I'm still healing and recuperating somewhat.... for the most part the whole ordeal is now behind me and life continues to roll! Isn't there an old saying "no rest for the wicked".... well I guess I am very wicked! Hahahaha

I will probably share more personal detail and emotion about the whole thing on my blog in the next couple of days. So any who are interested can follow my blog at http://radicallyfreeyou.blogspot.com/ and I will try to be more regular with my posts there. I do have much to share, just not often much time to think it through and write it down. I will work harder at this.

Again I thank each of you who have faithfully prayed for me, encouraged me, and offered your comfort and wisdom as I have traversed these trying times.

God Bless!

So this pretty much sums up my health issue that was referred to in my earlier post.  Now I am married, moved, and adapting to a new life.  But more on that in another post!

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