Chris Tomlin – How Great Is Our God

Today, I was afraid, but I felt the prayers of what I believe has to be thousands of people by now, all thanks to family, friends, the internet, and how fast word spreads across prayer groups and social networks.  I had many appointments at the Clinic, including one to see my hepatologist, another to see the interventional radiologist who performed the chemoembolization to destroy the 3cm tumor on my liver.  Some touted the miserable procedure as fool-proof, but my hepatologist today told me that most people need it done every two months until transplantation.  (If the tumor grows past 5cm, UNOS will deny you a transplant.)  He said to be prepared for the radiologist to want to do the procedure again, for the tumor to still be there in one form or another.  At any size, they will want to make sure it stays small or gone.

Well look at these images.  One was taken during the chemoembolization of the tumor on my liver.  The second is what a MRI revealed my liver to look like this morning.  It doesn’t take a genius to see the difference.

Once the doctor showed me what the other organs in the scan were and I could identify the two images of my liver, tears came to my eyes. Look at my scans below – My liver a month ago, and my liver this morning.  I had 2 separate types of scans so that’s why they aren’t identical, but I circled and labeled my liver in both pictures in white so you could see what/where it is. I tried to label the other organs as best as I could remember.  The first liver’s big, cloudy spot is a ton of vasculature over a tumor.  The second liver is tumor-free, clean.

TumorNo tumor

The radiologist said he was perhaps too aggressive with his treatment, but after hearing from my hepatologist who specializes in liver tumors that the first treatment doesn’t ever handle it all, I am thanking a higher Power for handling this situation for me.  Yes, I still need a transplant for many other reasons, but praise God the tumor is completely gone, and I will not need to go through chemoembolization again.

And now for a worship favorite…

The splendor of a King,
clothed in majesty
Let all the earth rejoice,
all the earth rejoice
He wraps himself in light,
and darkness tries to hide
it trembles at his voice,
trembles at his voice

How great is our God,
sing with me
How great is our God,
and all will see
How great
How great is our God

And age to age He stands
and time is in His Hands
Beginning and the End,
Beginning and the End
The Godhead, three in one
Father, Spirit, Son
the Lion and the Lamb,
the Lion and the Lamb

How great is our God,
sing with me
How great is our God,
and all will see
How great,
How great is our God

Name above all names
Worthy of all praise
My heart will sing
how great is our God
Name above all names
you are worthy of all praise
and my heart will sing
how great is our God

How great is our God,
Sing with me
How great is our God,
and all will see
How great,
How great is our God

How truly great is our God.  He still does the miraculous and answers when His people pray.  Thank you for all of the love, cards, comments, emails, and mostly your prayers on my behalf.  Our Lord heard each and every one.

We are blessed to serve the One who holds our lives in His hands.
Amanda

Oh, and a quick shot of my bestie, Jen, when she came to visit me during the chemoembolization.  (I was pretty out of it on my pain pump – she’ll tell ya!) I had another visitor, too, and my sweet mom stayed the night with me.

Me & Jen

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