During the bouts of cancer diagnosis and treatments, Rachel writes e-mails to keep her friends and family updated on her thoughts and spiritual walk.

Home – Day 2

July 8, 2004

Hi there.


Got home yesterday morning after a pretty decent sleep at the hospital. I was given a private room with the most incredible view of English Bay, downtown and the north shore mountains – quite the treat! (The bathroom even had floor to ceiling windows which was amazing – hopefully not too amazing for anyone looking in!) My sister and Neil were there through the whole thing. They were able to be with me through all the pre-admission, my nuclear medicine appointment and while I waited in pre-op. That was an unexpected surprise as we had thought they wouldn’t be able to be with me for most of the day and it turned out they were with me up until I was wheeled into surgery. I had a wonderful peace throughout the day and we laughed a lot as we were waiting for the various procedures and appointments – I even felt badly for how much fun we were having when everyone around us was so (understandably) serious. Had wonderful nurses throughout my stay which I had prayed for and for which I am grateful.


Have been in a fair amount of pain but nothing unmanageable. Had morphine in the hospital and have a prescription for T3s for home. I have a drain in my arm to get rid of excess fluid – Neil calls it my “cd case” as it is round like a portable cd player and has a long tube attached to it. Very attractive. Will hopefully have that removed on Saturday. My next appointment with the surgeon is Friday, July 16th, and he will likely have the pathology report from the surgery by then. That will tell us what we’re dealing with. He will then refer me to the cancer clinic for further treatment (chemo and/or radiation).


Neil is an anchor in the middle of the storm, as always….I married so well. My sister, Andrea, has been Nurse Nightengale – keeping track of my meds, dressing me, feeding me – she is an amazing woman and my dear friend. And my Mom and Dad have had the kids out at the cabin which has proved to be a wise decision as it’s allowed me to have a few days of quiet and rest. They will come home tomorrow.


Thank you so much for all your prayers. God has given us peace because of your prayers. He hears your requests and is blessing us because of you. And thank you for all your e-mails, messages and offers to help. We feel so loved and supported. It is amazing.


I will send another update after my followup appointment with Dr. McGregor.


“My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.”
Psalm 62: 1,2


much love,

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