The day of my surgery went smoothly because of so many kind, helpful people from our church. When they heard I was having surgery, there were people stepping up and volunteering and it just amazed me. We had to leave the house at 4:30am and sure enough, a woman came, who was pregnant at the time and stayed at our house with the boys and brought them to school.
Only by the grace of God and from all the prayers did I have peace that morning. I didn’t have anxiety or worry, just Gods amazing peace that I was doing the right thing, that Gods hand was upon me and that people from all over were praying for me that day and for the Doctors and nurses who would be with me. There’s very few times I can say I felt that kind of “perfect peace”, but that day, I am sure I felt it and I was so thankful for everyone responsible for it.
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center is VERY busy in the morning! There are tons of people there signing in for their surgeries and all of us went in to our perspective little “rooms” to have our vitals taken, get in our pretty gowns and get our IVs started. On this day, I even got knee socks, which I couldn’t figure out how to put on, and neither could Aaron, so we had to ask a nurse for help! It’s never boring with us around, that’s for sure!
We spent the next bit taking pictures and sending them out and on Facebook and laughing and holding hands and Aaron spent the time making me laugh…….he is just so amazing. Nurses kept popping their heads in wondering what was going on and then they would see that we were just enjoying life and loving each other and they would smile and say they wanted to hang out in our room!
The happiness, joy and love is EXACTLY what I needed because I wanted every memory that I could to be happy and to do it all with a smile on my face when I could. Being positive is a huge part of my life and I believe it makes all the difference in the world.
Daniel, one of the pastors from the church came (his wife was the one who came to the house at the crazy early hour!!!) and Rosie Royal came and they both sat with Aaron during the whole surgery. I could not believe that two people would come and just support Aaron like that and be there for him – it really touched my heart more then I could ever say. The surgery was to be about six hours, so it would be a very, very long wait for him, but he wasn’t alone……..he had Rosie to help him laugh, Daniel to support him and both of them to pray with and most importantly, God was there through it all. Hard not to smile and be grateful when you have blessings all around.