Lori Smith and her husband are our partners in Papua New Guinea. In early October we sent our prayer partners an urgent request on her behalf. Lori had just learned she has cancer. Since then she's had a double mastectomy. Here are a few of her updates from Facebook and prayer letters:
Overwhelmed totally by God’s loving intervention for me. My post op exam went well. I feel incredible with discomfort not pain. When a Dr. starts your exam by the statement “we had a bit of a surprise” one tends to prepare for a bad surprise. But he said the actually found ductal breast cancer in situ (not invasive yet but hiding out in the duct un-detectable by mri or mammogram or ultrasound, a sleeping giant) in my “healthy breast.” I would have had to face this all again. The nodes in both breasts were negative. NO CHEMO OR RADIATION. I meet with an oncologist just in case I need anti hormone drugs. We are waiting for information from the right breast cancer first. NO WORDS come but a huge thanks for all that have been praying.
Two weeks ago was such a hard day. The pain of my bilateral mastectomy was overwhelming. I remember thinking “What in the world did I choose to do?!” The immediate peace and physical comfort that began to just envelope my weak body was overwhelming. I began to feel and watch in amazement as the Great Healer began His work in my heart and body. Two weeks later here I am. I feel amazing. My healing has been remarkable. God has been so kind to me.
We met with the gyne surgeon and all is a GO for surgery [to remove her ovaries] December 18. He was totally impressed with my healing and strength. We plan laparoscopy but consented to abdominal incision if any looks suspicious and they need to remove everything. GET IT OUT!! I will do whatever it takes to get healthy and stay that way!!!
Because of the lingering cancer cells that are probably lurking in her body, she may have some sort of hormonal treatment. And she needs to return to the USA in a year for check-ups. Lori is very good at keeping prayer partners up-to-date, so follow her on Twitter, friend her on Facebook, or subscribe to their email newsletters.