Thank you for a real miracle that your prayers have brought about according to my doctors.
I went into the hospital believing that my chest would have to be opened up in order to remove the enlarged and possible cancerous remaining ( the right gland was removed in 2003) left thyroid gland.
I awoke to a relatively small scar on my throat with a drain to be told that when they opened me up they found that the gland, the size of a grapefruit, had not actually entwined any of the other vital organs like the lungs, vocal cord, and arteries that the ultrasound, MRI and CAT scan had shown but had actually pushed all of them away allowing for the surgeons to dissect the enlarged gland to remove it, without the much larger and more dangerous opening of the chest, by dissecting it.
The two surgeons, floor doctor and nurses were even more surprised by how rapidly my vital signs and recovery were allowing me to be able to be home days earlier than originally believed to write this message of thanks to you for it was most certainly your prayers that made this happen.
I do have a list of restriction and DO NOT DO's for the next 3 weeks and Because of the size of the gland I will not have the biopsy results for about a week to know if they will follow up with some radiation if the gland had any cancerous cells that might have “escaped” or if the were all encapsulated within the gland.
I am under order NOT to drive or have too much “action for at least a week until I see the doctors on January 5th to have the stitches or what ever is closing up the slit in my throat.
I feel that this operation was a message from God to allow me to inform you again, with a real life experience, about the power of prayer and putting your trust in God. As we are taught in Matthew 19:26 “with God all things are possible.”
Always remember, Prayer is the most powerful of all medicines when coupled with complete trust in God.
Thank you for your prayers and concern, you are all a super blessing to me from God.
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May Almighty God fill your heart with happiness, Peace and all Good. Recalling Padre Pio's most famous words: "Pray, Hope and don't worry"!
Fr. Bob Johnnene OFD
Mission Saints Sergius & Bacchus/Franciscans of Divine Mercy
A Faith Community of the NAOCC