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Posted 2017-04-20T15:19:00Z

Rollercoaster Ride

We sat down in Dr. Van Tine’s office and waited for his arrival. Neither of us speaking much. Just waiting for the news. Dr. Van Tine arrived and looked to be happy. Our hearts lifted hoping his mood was a good sign. He apologized for making us wait but said that he had been delayed because radiology hadn't sent the report over yet so he had called them to have the scan read. Dr. Van Tine was happy to report that Sarah’s liver was fine. We were ecstatic! Van Tine started explaining that he wouldn't need to see us for another 4 months. We were discussing the results of yesterday's appointment with Dr. McDonald​, Sarah's orthopedic surgeon, when there was a knock at the door and a nurse poked her head in and told Dr. Van Tine that radiology was on the phone and they needed to talk to him. They had more information from the MRI. Dr. Van Tine excused himself and our emotional rollercoaster continued. We could hear Van Tine on the phone in the hall. Moments later he returned and assured us that everything was fine! Anyone who knows me knows that I love rollercoasters, but this one has been a little much.

We are also happy to report that the chemo cleaned up Sarah's leg enough that Dr. McDonald says he can save her leg! The plan is to remove the tumor and surrounding tissue and follow that up with radiation. The radiation will either be administered via brachytherapy or beam. They will decide that prior to surgery. We don't have surgery scheduled yet, but it should happen within the next month.

Thank you all for the prayers and positive thoughts! Sarah isn't out of the woods yet, but we are starting to see patches of blue sky!

Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he's done. Philippians 4:6

I can't say that we did a very good job with the not worrying part, but I know that a lot of prayers were lifted for us!

Praises to God and a huge thanks to all of Sarah’s Warriors!

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Comments (24)

  • Tanya Kessinger
    Tanya Kessinger

    What a praise...God be glorified throughout this turbulent roller coaster ride.... lots of people dancing the happy dance today in Smith family honor. Celebrate the victories as they arise!!!! Love you guys!!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • J. Richard Schien
    J. Richard Schien

    The prayers of family and many friends have been answered with this very positive news. The prayers will continue!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Kelly Behme
    Kelly Behme

    Praise God!!!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Angela

    "OH WHAT GREAT NEWS" we are so happy to hear this news. We will continue to pray that all goes well for Sarah! God is Good! God Bless you all!

    2 years ago · Reply

    Praises to our Victorious God!! Prayers still coming!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Cindy Essex
    Cindy Essex

    The wave of gratitude that washed over me for God's goodness in today's report was overwhelming. I am so happy to hear this news. Every time I paused last night and the first words I uttered this morning were prayers for a good report today for your family. We'll continue saying prayers for the doctors treating Sarah and for continued blessings in her treatment and recovery. But thanks be to God who listens to our prayers and bestows his blessings on us. - Cindy : )

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Amie Megginson Austin
    Amie Megginson Austin

    Yay!!!! Thank heavens for good news. We are all on the edge of our seats in this roller coaster ride praying for you!!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Sandy Jones
    Sandy Jones

    Amen! This is awesome and exactly what we have prayed for. God is good!!!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Niki McDaniels
    Niki McDaniels

    So happy for the positive news for you all! Continued prayers as you all continue with next steps.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Susan Emery
    Susan Emery

    Gid is good!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Randall-Donna McLeese
    Randall-Donna McLeese

    To God Be the Glory 🎶☝🏻❤️

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Anne Stilwell
    Anne Stilwell

    Praise the Lord! May God's arms continue to hold you all in the days and weeks ahead. May His glory continue!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Deb Trautmann
    Deb Trautmann

    Praise God and many blessings one step one day at a time

    2 years ago · Reply
  • September Beck
    September Beck

    I am so happy to hear the news! Continued prayers!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Eileen Denney
    Eileen Denney

    This is the best possible news. Praise God.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Sara Stivers
    Sara Stivers

    Oh my gosh, I have goosebumps!!! God bless you!! ❤

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Mommie Jane
    Mommie Jane

    Whew! PTL!!! I laid in bed for hours talking to God and telling him that this family needed Sarah needed Sarah to stay down here awhile! Is her smile back, mine sure is. Where on her leg is her boo-boo. Oh I just thought, she'll be able to hike again!!! Tears of happiness😂😂😂❤️

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Lisa Kleeman
    Lisa Kleeman

    Thank you Lord🙏

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Kelli Chasteen
    Kelli Chasteen

    Kelli Chasteen So glad to hear this wonderful news!! Continued prayers for you Sarah - you're an inspiration to all!!🙏🏼

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Stacy Smith
    Stacy Smith

    So glad to hear prayers have been answered!! God is good!! Continued prayers for the rest of her journey!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Jeff Nehls
    Jeff Nehls

    Thanks for the update ... been praying for you guys! Stay strong and keep the faith!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Lois Schmidt
    Lois Schmidt

    Thankful for answered prayers but continuing to pray that God will help you get through this challenge.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Karen Bates
    Karen Bates

    Wonderful news! The power of prayers that will continue for Sarah and her family.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Amy Kaufmann
    Amy Kaufmann

    Wonderful news!! We praise God from whom all blessings flow!

    2 years ago · Reply