The progress made in December to patch, enclose and put flooring in the containers was substantial, but that was nothing compared to a couple of weeks with a strong team dedicated to putting them into operation and covering the adjacent pad with a carport roof. The floor was laid in the 2nd container. The passage between the containers was framed and the threshold bridged to allow a smooth transition between them. A 6 ft opening was cut in the side of one to make for an easier entrance, along with a ramp to bridge the distance to the concrete pad next to them.
In mid-February, we will be leading a project while here at Faith that will be focused on a house in the community nearby. The house will be used by a new non-profit called Beyond 90, whose focus is to provide support to refugee families after the first 90 days, when World Relief and similar agencies drop their support. The house needs several repairs and cleaning. Much of the prep work will occur before the project and the team will go in and begin the repairs. We were in town for the first cleanup at the house, which accomplished quite a bit.
“You need a biopsy.” The call back to the Imaging center for an ultrasound confirmed a growth in Cathy’s left breast that would need to be checked for cancer. A week after the biopsy and 2 days before heading north to be with Adam, the diagnosis was confirmed. It was cancer. The tumor was very small, so the regular mammograms had done their job.
Another week passed before meeting with the surgeon. Assuming the oncologist agreed and the genetic testing was negative, he said she would need a lumpectomy, followed by chemo and radiation. The treatment however, won't be known for sure until the surgery, scheduled for February 5th, and follow-on testing is completed.
This diagnosis was a stunning reversal for us, who have been blessed with amazingly good health for so many years. That being said, breast cancer, especially caught this early is very treatable, and Cathy's prospects are excellent. She is seeking treatment at MD Anderson Cancer Center here in Jacksonville that is highly respected, so she is in excellent hands. Pastor Barry and Faith UMC have been supportive and gracious, allowing us to stay as long as necessary.
So, this news was initially pretty hard for Cathy to accept, and the stress level was pretty high. As she becomes more informed and talks to others who have walked this road before, it's not quite as scary. And the support from family and friends has been a blessing.