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.


June 24, 2004

Hi everyone.


First of all, I want to say thank you for the many phone calls and e-mails of support over the past week. I’m sorry I haven’t had the chance to get back to each of you – it has been overwhelming the number of people calling.


It’s been a week since we received the diagnosis of breast cancer. Since then, I’ve met with my surgeon, Dr. McGregor, had a chest x-ray, another ultrasound and a whole body bone scan. After the shock and emotion of the weekend, it was good to be proactive in getting as many things accomplished towards my treatment. My surgery is scheduled for Tuesday, July 6th. They will remove the tumour and the lymph nodes under my arm to see if the cancer has spread (an axillary dissection vs sentinal node biopsy – for those of you who care – because of my age). Once we receive the pathology results from the tumour – that will determine if I need chemo in addition to radiation. This is still so crazy.


We are so grateful for our friends and family, for the excellent doctors I have, for the speed of treatment I am receiving, that my parents will be here for the month of July, that I had already weaned Kate…God has already arranged all these things and we are confident that He is in control of what is to come.


I am tired today – emotionally and physically. Kate has been sick the past 4 days which has been tough. And it continues to sink in how serious this diagnosis is. Now that I’ve done all I can prior to surgery, I will just have to wait and, although I want to get on with treatment, I am grateful for time to prepare and spend time with Quinn and Kate.


Thank you for your support – for your offers to help and especially for your prayers. It is so humbling – and reassuring – to have so many who love us and want to help. And, again, I’m sorry I haven’t been able to get back to everyone. Please know that I am so grateful for your concern and friendship.


Will let you know more as I do.


“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Romans 15.13


much love,

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