A Shocker to Everyone ~ In a Good Way!

For those of you who have followed the updates about my surgery, then found out from my last post about my husband’s health issues, I need to let you know of the good news about him.

He underwent surgery last week to remove his spleen, due to severe enlargement.  Because his overall health had declined significantly over the past couple of months, he was not an ideal surgical candidate.  The doctors had prepared me for the possibility that he might not do well during surgery.  They also concluded that Jim likely had some form of cancer, even though they were hopeful it was benign or treatable.

They were wrong about the cancer diagnosis, and he did great during the surgery!

The night before his surgery, I asked God that since He was really the only One who knew what was wrong with my husband’s health, if it was not a cancer diagnosis to shock everyone involved in his care ~ in a good way.  To surprise them with what they found out was the cause of his illness.

Praise God, He did just that!  The pathology report stunned every doctor, when it revealed that Jim did not have cancer, but had instead contracted a curable type of fungal infection of his spleen and possibly two other organs.  The likely cause is simply the exposure that comes from living in a humid climate, which is filled with fungal spores everywhere in the soil.  The main reason they were shocked is that few people ever get sick from this and in this way.

Jim is very frail and remains hospitalized, but is recovering well and expected to make a complete recovery.  He still needs prayer, though, since the anti-fungal medicines could take months to totally eradicate this from his system. 

But, as has been the case with every step of this huge bend in the road with Jim’s health, God has the final say.  He may decide to shock the doctors again with a sudden healing, sooner than anyone expects!

God is able!  Until then, we rejoice knowing He remains faithful and that He continues to work all things together for our good.  Our God is so very good!

Blessings to each of you,  We both appreciate all the support and prayers!


“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
Romans 8:28




56 thoughts on “A Shocker to Everyone ~ In a Good Way!

  1. Karina Susanto

    Dear sis Sue..

    I am so glad and grateful to God that the surgery was done very well and what we afraid not happened. I am glad Jim has quite quick recovery than we expect. Glory to God for His love and mercy upon you and Jim. We here continously pray for both of you there. Keep be strong in God’s strength, sis. Hugs and love to you! Blessings.

  2. kcg1974

    Sue, thank God for you and your Dear Husband, too!!! I pray for a gentle, healing recovery for him with no further sickness. Many blessings to you.

  3. amandalannon

    What fantastic news and praise God for answer to your prayer. What a testimony! I love your faithfulness and how you have walked this journey….you encourage me. Bless you.

  4. Shannah

    Thanking God for who he is and that he never leaves us nor forsakes us. Praising God with you and what speaks volumes to me is your faith was tested yes but you remained hopeful and not hopeless. Thank you for all of the updates on Jim. What a great testimony he has!
    Love you sweet Sue

  5. Tapestry Treasures

    Praise God! \o/ This morning I heard the most wonderful song, an old timey’ but it seems to be the theme in many blogs I’m reading, so I leave you with the chorus:

    “When Jesus comes, the tempter’s power is broken;
    When Jesus comes, the tears are wiped away,
    He takes the gloom and fills the life with glory,
    For all is changed when Jesus comes to stay.”

    Peace ~Zoey

    1. heavenlyraindrops Post author

      I don’t think I’ve ever heard that one Zoey. What timely words of encouraging for us! All it takes is for Jeaus to show up in a situation, and everything changes. Amen and thanks!

  6. adaisygarden

    Hallelujah!! What an answer to prayer! Rejoicing with you that indeed God is able… touching your husband, surprising the doctors, encouraging your heart. May He continue to heal and restore your husband & you to good health!!

  7. Rene Yoshi

    Praise the Lord!!! What wonderful news!! [doing a happy dance] Will continue praying that the Lord’s purposes be accomplished and that He might grant a speedy recovery. Sooooo happy for you both!! [tears of joy] \(^_^)/

    1. heavenlyraindrops Post author

      Thanks Rene. Has been a very bumpy road for Jim, but the same God who brought us this far, will carry us on. Our God is so good and faithful. Thanks much. Still been missing you guys. Just very tired from working and spending all my other time at the hospital. It will get better day by day. Blessings and thanks again for the prayers and encouragement!

  8. Heidi Viars

    Dearest Sue, I just had to check in to see how you have been. Sitting at the hospital myself, I will pray for you and your husband … sending you much love … PLEASE tell your husband I am thinking about him and lifting his need to the Lord, as I know he has done for us in the past 🙂

  9. Pastor Roland Ledoux

    Sis Sue, been taking today to make the rounds of the sites that I appreciate and love and was surprised to see that your hubby had undergone this procedure. But— am so encouraged and truly do Glorify and Magnify our Supreme Healer that He never lets us down! I will pray for him and you to add my voice to so many other Brothers and Sisters who share their love for you and your ministry.
    I just quoted Romans 8:28 to someone else who is going through some things, just a bit ago in the comments as it has been a rock in the scriptures to which I have clung to for a long, long time. Many people forget that the key to that scripture is ALL THINGS, not just the things we like, but things that can be a hardship as well. I praise God for such a great praise report and look forward to more as your husbands strength returns.
    Another Scripture that I am sure is not new to you that you might pass along to him is Nehemiah 8:10b, “Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” Remember, it is not OUR joy in the Lord that gives us strength but rather HIS JOY! It is the Lord’s joy in each of us that strengthens, blesses us and keeps us following after Him! That Fruit of the Spirit we call Joy, is very powerful indeed as evidenced by the Prophet Nehemiah!
    I’m going to read some more, Sis, but until the next time I get around, keep up the good fight in the Lord and bless you and yours exceedingly and oh so very richly and Sis, may you and yours, prosper as your souls also prosper! Again, God Bless!!

    1. heavenlyraindrops Post author

      Roland. Thank you for your thoughtful and very encouraging comments. I love both the verses. I have relied on Romans 8:28 countless times during this awful ordeal. God is very clearly using this trial of Jim’s to do a good work in many areas of his life, mine and others. I’m so proud of how Jim’s faith has remained steadfast. It has been a blessing and testimony in the lives of so many. Thanks again and I will try to update everyone as often as I can. Until then, thanks for the prayers and words of encouragement.

  10. Julie Garro

    I see your faith and strength in your writing. It’s hard to go through tough times, but it is a wonderful gift from God how He works it all out for us. I will continue to keep you in my prayers. Blessings.


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