On Thursday, evangelist Anne Graham Lotz announced that she would be taking the next year off to receive cancer treatment.
In early September, Lotz announced that she was diagnosed with breast cancer and that she would be undergoing surgery to remove the cancer cells.
After her surgery on September 18, Lotz took to Facebook saying, “All went well. Cancer seemed contained with none apparently in the lymph nodes.”
On Thursday, however, Lotz learned that that was not the case.
The evangelist went in for her one-week post-surgery check-up and though everything appeared to be healing nicely, the pathology report revealed that the cancer had spread. Lotz wrote on her website, “The surgeon then revealed, with compassion in her eyes, that she had the pathology report. As she went over the numbers, it became evident that the results were not what I had prayed they would be.”
She continued, “A trace of cancer was found in the lymph nodes which alters the follow-up treatment significantly.”
Lotz went on to announce that she would be undergoing eighteen weeks of chemotherapy starting on October 18, along with additional treatments over the next year.
The daughter of the late Billy Graham wrote, “The adventurous journey through the valley of the shadow will be longer than anticipated. BUT I am still confident the Shepherd will walk with me each step of the way until He sees me safely through!”
Lotz is also faced with the difficult task of canceling all of her engagements for the next year. She wrote on her website, “The hardest thing facing me is the need to clear my schedule. By necessity, I will have to cancel commitments throughout the next year in order to take the cancer treatments.”
Lotz said she could almost hear the “‘click’ of the Divine pruning shears” as she clears her schedule, but she maintains that she is confident that God, whom she refers to as ‘the Gardener’ knows exactly what He is doing. She continues saying, “I’m more expectant than ever of bearing much eternal fruit. For His glory.”
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