Archive for April, 2017

Feeling much better and some good news

April 23, 2017

Some of the flowers we received to cheer us up! They all did!! And pictures of Ivan encouraging grandma too!

What a difference two weeks from surgery can make! I do feel so much improvement and each day feeling stronger. Kara and Ivan were such a help! Kara worked so hard to take care of Kent and I and even left a lot food easy to prepare in our frig or freezer. Ivan is a joy wherever he is and then even our son-in-law Nick came for a few days and we were all together for Easter!

We did go back to my surgeon on April 19th. I must say that it seemed like it was a long time to wait for these results…but of course we were a bit anxious. We had much good news! There is NO cancer in the ovaries, Fallopian tubes, nor lymph nodes!!! And the cancer had only penetrated less than 50% of the uterus! That is the good news! Also over 90% of women with this kind of cancer when it presents with nothing in the ovaries etc, are cured and no cancer comes back for the rest of their lives. That is a high percentage!

BUT before surgery my Dr had done a pelvic wash and then extracted that and also sent that to the lab…that came back with cancer cells in it! So while I was absorbing the good news, I felt a bit wary. What does that mean? First,  my Dr will send it to another lab for second pathologists look at it. A second opinion. And then we will see.  We await those results which will be given to us on May 2nd. Please pray with us that this result is a good one?

I will have to be monitored every three months for several years. But another bit of good news is that my Dr has a friend that is also an gynecological oncologist in the Seattle area. So we can still go north and continue to take care of my health as well.

We must say that we are feeling pretty positive still, with just a little concern. But we are making plans to go north and very glad to as well. Here in Phoenix it is HOT nearly 100 this past week and we are ready to go and see some green and cooler temps of the Pacific Northwest. Just recently Kent and I were asked to go and help a church in the Seattle area…. so that is very promising. Also we have some dear friends who have offered for us to stay on their property at the base of Mt Rainier… What a wonderful way to spend the summer!

We’d appreciate your continued prayers! And we so much appreciate all prayers and notes, emails, calls etc but we want you to know we feel God’ s hand on us through all of this! Thank you for standing behind us and for your love and concern!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

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Jan’s surgery

April 13, 2017

Yes, Jan had her cancer surgery a week ago now, on Thursday April 6th. We were both a bit glad that on Thursday her surgery went from 3:30 to 12:30 as someone else canceled. As you can imagine we have been a bit preoccupied with that and her recovery. The surgery went well and Jan did great. I was with her before and also post operative in a waiting area for surgery and then awaiting an observation room in the hospital. I had one friend from our church, a fellow pilot sat with me during the entire procedure. Two other couples came and sat with me for awhile too. It was a huge comfort and encouragement to have them there and have many people all over the world praying for us both!

It was a laproscopic robotic total hysterectomy.  In fact, I would have been very interested in seeing the robotics as I once worked in a hospital as an orderly. Don’t know what that position is called now, but then I even got to scrub and go into surgeries. And I watched both of our children’s births with no problem..

While it is a major surgery, in this hospital usually the patient is observed overnight and goes home the next day. And that is what we expected. But after Jan was settled for the night, she insisted that I go home and get some sleep. So I did. We did have one couple stop by for a short visit and also they were kind enough to pick up a sub sandwich for me as the cafeteria had already closed when I went to get some food. 😗

When I arrived the next morning, I could see she wasn’t as doing as well. She’d had a bad night as she had a reaction to the higher dose of morphine and threw up four times. Then they tried even the Percocet and she threw up on this medicine too and then finally threw up on water…she does have a sensitive stomach to medicines so this isn’t a big surprise. Her surgeon stopped in to check on her and would have discharged her, but saw she was still weak from all of that and said she should stay another night and get her strength up.

So I stayed around and left when she needed rest to work in a nearby area of the hospital. She did better through that day and then some other friends came to visit and when she was tired we all left together.

So Saturday early afternoon she was looking a lot better and was discharged. After coming home she went right to bed pretty tired from the trip home. She is getting better every day.

We did have a trip back to the Dr yesterday because there was some unusual swelling around one of the incisions and after talking to the Dr, they asked us to come to the office to be looked at. She also had some weird feelings in her left leg , so they did an ultrasound immediately but thankfully it is ok.

Our daughter Kara and little Ivan flew back to help with this post surgery recovery time. We are both so grateful for Kara’s help and Ivan’s diversion. They will be here through next Tuesday and our son-in-law Nick flies in to spend Easter and a few days here too as he has a work appointment next week here. So it will be great to see him. Oh, if you are wondering where they are staying and sleeping when Jan is resting… some dear friends lent us their RV and it is parked just across the street from us. So that makes it great for all of us.

Thanks for all that have prayed! We go back to Jan’s Dr on April 19th in the afternoon for final diagnosis of the lymph nodes to see if they were cancer too. Please continue to pray for all of us at this time. Even in the midst of this cancer journey we want to bring glory to God.  We are very hopeful and are trusting GOD for good results too!

grateful to you all,

kent

Ps we had three bouquets of flowers delivered to Jan’s room and our house, some Sharis berries and several delicious meals from friends at church and many cards and phone calls and texts. We are feeling the body of Christ reaching out to us and loving us! Thank you from our hearts to yours!

“You have cancer!”

April 4, 2017

What? I didn’t really expect my doctor to say that! I am sure anyone who ever had that diagnosis has either!  One of my first thoughts was that she couldn’t mean me! But she kept talking and Kent and even I asked some questions, But I felt like I was two different people, one listening to her and one saying no way!

Eventually I came to accept this is me! And yes I have had moments of panic when thinking about my 4 siblings who have died of cancer before reaching their 64th birthdays. But the Drs assured me that this kind of cancer isn’t related to theirs. Also I know that God is right here beside me, even with cancer and He has not abandoned me and will not! Also I do have friends who are standing with and beside us in this journey!

My journey started in December with bleeding, then eventually pain. If you follow this blog you will know that we have been traveling a lot since then. So in between trips I found a Dr, went to her, had a pap, had an ultrasound and then finally an endrometrial biopsy…before she uttered those life changing words.

Kent and I were a bit stunned and shocked !  But we both knew something was wrong with me and even though that wasn’t the diagnosis we wanted it was an answer! Next we found a surgeon and got all the blood work done and April 6th is my surgery, a full hysterectomy and we are hopeful and praying so that the cancer is contained. If so and no lymph nodes etc are affected, I should be ok and will need no further treatment. That is the good news!!

I have found that as we shared about my cancer we have gotten all kinds of responses. And from the kind people who said,  “Oh, I am sorry, I will pray for you! ” to other less gracious responses. Someone told me, ” You will be fine!” I do hope and pray so, BUT no one knows that but our Good Heavenly Father! And to say it does not encourage me either! I know they might have the best intentions and some are scared because they don’t want it to be them, so they say thing to get you to stop talking about cancer.

I know I have learned from this that I want be a lot more gracious to sick or hurting people in the future!  Our journeys through life take us on many different paths. And we are still trusting God through this. He is holding us and we are encouraged most of the time!

We will be staying on in Phoenix area a bit longer until I am well enough to move. Then we are not sure where we will end up this summer, but somewhere cooler for sure. For now we are confident we are in the right place for us!

May God give you peace in your life circumstances as well!

Jan for the not so Roaming Reimer’s

A wonderful visit

April 3, 2017

Our daughter Kara and  her 2 year old son Ivan came for a visit in March. It was about two weeks after our trip to the Philippines. We were so excited to see them both!  This is the third year they have visited us in March.

We could hardly wait to see Ivan again and to hug our daughter as well. It was fun watching Ivan and seeing how much he has grown since we saw him.  What a great time we had!

Kara had been to the Philippines while in college and so we had fun talking about all we each saw when there as well.  But the most fun was just being with this fun little boy. Yes, at the end of each day were we all tired, but next morning when he came down our steps saying “Grandpa, Get up,” who wouldn’t be glad that we could get up and have fun with him! And Kara too of course!

We went to the railroad park that had a small train and carousel to ride as well as a miniature train museum. We also went to the library for story time and books to read, a children’s heart museum, and our church to meet some of our dear friends.

We went to our pool daily where Ivan had a blast splashing grandpa while others were enchanted by him too! Also we got to do mini golf at our park and just walk around. Everywhere we went with Ivan he was so friendly that people would stop and talk with him, give him rides on their golf carts and even let him pick grapefruit from their trees. He loved it! He is such a friendly little boy and always looking to talk to someone.

Ivan also really enjoyed getting to sit in grandpa’s big fast truck and grandpa enjoyed showing it to him!

Here is a video showing some of the fun!:https://vimeo.com/211132399

Enjoy,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers