A Dream

A Dream

Last night I dreamed I was taking part in some kind of fund raiser. My mom was counting up the money in our jars. There were millions of dollars, a huge check from a priest. My sister could pay off all her college debts and afford to go to grad school. I’d be all set too.

I woke up and immediately realized I am rich not in dollars but in prayers. In the only currency that counts, I’m a millionaire. God is showering me with love and blessings are raining down on my from all directions. Every time I open a new email with a new comment, I start to cry. I am overwhelmed. I don’t know how to begin thanking everyone. So I’m praying for all of you.

I’ve been spending some time following links. I’ve tried to visit every blog that a commenter has left a link to. It has been wonderful to get to know something about some of you.

Thanks again to everyone who is praying for us. You are in my prayers as well.

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  • Praise God!!! That is such wonderful news. I have been praying for you and will continue to keep you in my prayers. I will remember you at Mass this morning. God bless you.

  • Unless there is something you can do about it, it’s pointless to worry.  You just have to entrust all of your worries to God’s care.  Lest you think I’m speaking through my hat, I’m a brain tumor survivor.  My son was three years old when it was diagnosed.  It was the worst time of my life.  But it was also the best time of my life.  I learned a lot of lessons about faith in that ordeal.  I learned that faith is a choice that I make to believe in God every single day.  No matter what.  NO MATTER WHAT.

    Whatever the prognosis, whatever may happen, God will have you in his care.  My brain tumor was not my only health issue.  You see, the other reason I’m writing to you is because my husband and I were unable to have children.  Our son is adopted.  I never had a moment’s hesitation about adopting.  My husband did, but those have all melted away because we could never have asked for a better child.  Our son is our gift, just as if he was our own.  If you ever have to face the fact that you are unable to have more children, never fear.  God works miracles all the time!

    P.S.  The “wine-dark sea”.  Homer.  I LOVE it!

  • Thanks for the update.  That’s great news!  I’m impressed with your doctor, that he called you as soon as he found out, rather than making you wait until Monday.  We’ll keep praying for you to be the rest of the way out of the woods.

  • This is good news, even if not a final word, it fills me with hope. Blessed be God forever! I will continue to pray for your health of body and soul.

    May God bless you and keep you. May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

  • Prayers for your peace of mind and that the follow-up testing is also negative.  It sounds like you have a terrific doctor.

  • Praise God.  I will continue to pray for you.  I admire your faith, your resoluteness, your willingness to accept whatever is ahead.

  • Good to hear about this news!  I will continue to pray.  Blessings on your doctor, for being good enough to call—you’ve a gem there!

  • I am so happy to hear that news.  You all will continue to be in my prayers.

    And God bless your doctor for his diligence and understanding of how long hours are when you are waiting for news.

  • We will keep praying for you, but I am glad to hear that you have an inkling of good news. I actually thought when I first read about your situation “what was the possibility that it was a lab mistake?”

  • Praise God for this news, Melanie! We’ll continue to pray, though … I know you don’t have all the answers yet, and apparently *something* is going on, but all you can do, as you said, is give it to God.

    I had something of a cancer scare after my first miscarriage, due to it being a partial-molar pregnancy, but I’ve never had another molar pregnancy, and it did not grow cancerous.  Hang on to your hope and faith.

  • I’ve been praying for you all weekend long… especially as I was washing dishes, for some reason. You just popped into mind and I thought about how long this weekend must feel like for you.

    I pray that the tests come back negative and you are truly cancer free!!

  • You have been on my mind and in my prayers all weekend.  It’s funny how the internet brings complete strangers together and turns them into the community of Christ.  So happy to read about the latest lab report.  I too wondered and hoped that this was just a lab error.  I have seen this many times before.  It sounds as if you are in excellent hands with that doctor of yours. 
    Last night on EWTN’s the Abundant Life,  Johnette Benkovic was talking about a book she wrote (I wish I could remember the title, but it was about suffering and picking up the Cross).  She discussed her acronym of the word “hope” (and at the risk of making a fool of myself I’ll repeat what I remember of it).  “H” is for holding onto the Cross.  “O” is for owning your suffering, making it your own.  “P” is for perservering in patience and “E” is for expect Christ.
    I hope I got that right.  My prayers for you and your family continue.  Please God. 

    Judy M.

  • Am lifting you up in prayer whenever I think of it, especially at Mass on Sunday and during morning prayer.  Entrusting you to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and asking the intercession of Bl. Teresa, St Gianna Beretta Molla, and St Anthony—- I happened to see a St Anthony statue, depicting him holding out a loaf of bread, and it popped into my head yesterday that I should ask his intercession for you.  I don’t know why; maybe you do.

    Take care of yourself. 

  • I actually thought when I first read about your situation “what was the possibility that it was a lab mistake?”

    That’s what my doctor said as well. He was very concerned about the diagnosis simply because that kind of cancer is so very rare in someone my age and especially just after a pregnancy. He did a very good job of laying out the best case and worst case scenarios for us, saying he hoped it might turn out to be wrong, but also explaining what the likely results would be if the diagnosis was correct. He’s being very cautious, and I find that very reassuring. He’s also called me after office hours on three occasions now while pursuing this matter.

  • Melanie,  Just heard about this from our family website.  Naturally, I was sick with worry.  I hardly had time for one prayer when I scrolled to the latest news.  I am still praying that the follow-up tests are good news also.

  • The next tests (hysteroscopy and d&c) are scheduled for April 13 at 7:30 am.

    It seems like a very long time to wait, but the doctor sounds pretty confident that he won’t find anything. The original diagnosis was simply so unlikely. He said it just didn’t make sense.

    It’ll be just a day surgery and he said they won’t even use general anesthesia so recovery shouldn’t be too bad. 

    Thanks again for all the prayers. I continue to be overwhelmed by the blessings of so many prayers which make visible in my life the presence of the Body of Christ.

    God bless all of you.