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I’m Ready

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Lindy

We arrived safely in Rochester, Minnesota and had a great flight.  Randy is an excellent pilot and I think Dusty is going to enroll in flight school now.  Thank you Randy for taking us. 

I had four appointments today to prepare for tomorrow’s procedure.  I’ve been blissfully ignoring pictures of the head frame they’re screwing on me.  Today I saw pictures of it.  That is the one thing I look the least forward to.  Everything today went well and I feel like I’m in good hands for tomorrow. 

I don’t have a specific time the surgery will be performed.  I need to report at 5:30 a.m. (6:30 a.m. Michigan time) at which point they will take me down to the surgery area and they’ll bring Dusty to the waiting room.  They will put the frame on my head, send me for an MRI, doctors will discuss how to best treat me and then I’ll go have the Gamma Knife procedure. 

Gamma Knife is a very precise instrument that uses high levels of focused radiation to treat the brain.  Using this method, neurosurgeons are able to focus radiation directly, and very precisely, on the targets in the brain without affecting surrounding healthy tissue.  Over time, the radiation will react on a molecular level with the cancer cells and stop their reproduction, which in turn kills the cancer.  

When the procedure is finished (they don’t know how long it will take until they have the MRI results), they will remove the frame, bandage my entire head and send me to the day ward where they will make sure I’m okay and send me on my way.  I can’t believe it’s an outpatient procedure.  That seems crazy to me.  Amazing. 

I am so humbled and grateful to know there are people praying for me around the clock on Wednesday.  Thank you to everyone who is going to take time out of your busy schedules and maybe even lose sleep to do this.  It means so much to me and my family. 

Thank you to everyone who is participating in the Susan G Komen race this Saturday.  I think our Laps for Lindy team now consists of more than 70 people.  Thank you for supporting this cause.  

Prayer requests:

  • Guidance for the surgeons, doctors, nurses, techs and everyone who will be in my path tomorrow.
  • COMPLETE and continued freedom from cancer.  That tomorrow’s procedure successfully removes all tumors and the tumors DO NOT return.
  • Strength and energy for our parents, family and friends. 

34 Responses to “I’m Ready”

  1. Jana Ver Beek says:

    PRAYING!!

  2. Aunt Carole says:

    “I lift up my eyes to the hills-where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip-He who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you-the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from ALL harm-He will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore!” (Ps. 121) You’re in the best of hands, Lindy! Praying, Praying, Praying…

  3. Aunt Sylvia and Uncle Ken says:

    We also will be praying

  4. Amy Sluiter says:

    We’re praying you through, Lindy!!! Lots of love!!!!

  5. Deb Nienhuis says:

    We are praying for God’s miraculous healing touch on you tomorrow as you have this procedure preformed. Hope you can get some sleep tonight. Thank you for updating on your day at Mayo – it is so nice to know what to pray for.

  6. Megan Van Kampen says:

    I will be praying tonight as always and throughout the day tomorrow Lindy!!

  7. Betsy Kikstra says:

    Praying, praying, and praying some more!

  8. Praying for you and your family!! We are enjoying reading your life story. You are truly a strong woman of God in your Faith!!

    Love to All!!!

  9. Rachel says:

    Lindy (and dusty) We are interceding for you right now. and especially tomorrow morning… You will do awesome.

    …And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it WILL be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, BELIEVE that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:22

  10. Jenifer says:

    Thinking of both of you guys tomorrow. Thanks be to God that you are able to be where you are with the doctors that are the best of the best… Lindy you will be amazingly brave, and in good hands – soon this part will be behind you! From here I am praying for a cancer free Lindy who will be able to enjoy the life God has blessed you with and the family he has given you! You both truely are an inspiration to all of us! Love and Prayers – Jen

  11. Bev says:

    Repeating…Much love; many prayers.
    Remember His promises, for you are His child…

    “Fear not…for I am with you…”
    “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
    “For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”

  12. Claudia Navarro says:

    I’m praying for you, Lindy….and will continue to do so. The joy of the Lord is your strength. 🙂

  13. Dad Ver Beek says:

    Hi Lindy and Dusty
    I went to your Church to pray at 6:30 A.M. What a beautiful and emotional time this was.You are both always in my prayers, however this time at your Church was special.
    God’s Blessings….. Dad

  14. I don’t know you but know your parents, Loie & Mel and the message on my desktop calendar made me think of you—

    God can heal in at least two ways: making us better or taking us home.

    “So now…Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.” Philippians 1:20

    Praying for you and your family.

  15. Stacy Wiersma says:

    It’s 8:30am (our time), thinking about you and what they are doing right now. I hope you have the “I don’t care” medicine in you and are well on your way. I bet Dusty could use some of that medicine about now. I am sending lot of prayers, positive thoughts, smiles and love your way ~ Stacy

  16. Emily Driy says:

    Sending extra love and prayers your way today!!

  17. Jeff & Karen Heyboer says:

    Many thoughts & prayers for you, especially today!!

  18. kathy terp says:

    love and prayers prayers prayers!

  19. julie meyaard says:

    Praying today and tomorrow and the day after.
    “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

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