Lysa TerKeurst, bestselling author, speaker, and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, shares that she’s now breast cancer free after undergoing surgery last week. On November 10th, Lysa had a double mastectomy after receiving the diagnosis of cancer in October. She’s now home and recovering, and so many prayers are continuing to cover her and her family through this time.
On Friday, Lysa wrote on Facebook, “Today my surgeon stood up in my follow up appointment and declared me CANCER FREE! They got it all out and nothing had spread.
I’m so thankful and relieved and deeply moved by the outpouring of prayers that have carried me through the surgery and first week of healing.
I still have a couple of surgeries to go so please keep praying. There were a few complications but hearing “no chemo or radiation needed” makes my complications pale in comparison.
And please keep praying for others still battling through tough stuff by lifting up some of the comments in my last post.
I love you all so much.”
After a battle with illness last summer, undergoing surgery that removed a large section of her colon, and then recently facing divorce with her husband of 25 years, Lysa says that it was hard to even share this recent diagnosis with so many supporters who have continued to pray for her through difficult days.
She announced the diagnosis on her blog, "I've sort of dreaded this moment of telling you guys, I really am fine, but I think because I've been through so much in the past couple of years...I've just kind of been dreading telling you because I think people will think, 'What in the world?"
Lysa says her time away gave her the opportunity to discover the breast cancer. The tumor was found on a routine mammogram and after a second mammogram, then biopsy, it was confirmed she had cancer.
She also shares these powerful words and a Scripture from Psalms that has carried her through, a reminder for us all who may also be facing hard battles:
“But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love forever and ever. For what you have done I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people. And I will hope in your name, for your name is good.” (Psalm 52:8-9)
“Thank you for your love and prayers these many months since I last posted.
Not one prayer you’ve whispered on behalf of my family has been wasted. God is moving and we are so thankful. Art and I are both praying for a miracle and walking the road to healing.
We are clinging to the promises of God on this journey full of twists and turns, ups and downs. There is often a process God will take people through to prepare us for the Promise.
We are a work in process. And this process is often messy and unpredictable. I don’t know exactly what tomorrow will look like but I do know who I’ll be looking to… the Lord… whose love is unfailing and whose hand is the safest place to entrust my hope.”
May God continue to heal Lysa from this recent surgery and surround her family in His huge peace and care. And may we all keep clinging to the promises of God on this journey of life full of twists and turns.
Photo courtesy: Twitter/Lysa TerKeurst