This past Monday Denise and received some disturbing news. After many weeks of medical tests and doctor visits it was determined that I have an aneurysm in my ascending aorta. The ascending aorta is the primary artery for getting blood to the brain. Most people’s ascending aorta are about 2.5 centimeters in diameter and will rupture at about 4.9 centimeters. The doctors have determined that my aorta is at 4.75 centimeters. I am blessed that this condition was discovered in a routine CAT scan…most people never know until it is too late. We are being told that the condition is very serious…borderline critical…and life threatening.
In addition to the aneurysm, it was also discovered that I have scar tissue and a small tumor in my lungs. The scar tissue is the result of a severe respiratory virus I had over the summer. It has left me with a very limited ability to take in oxygen….only about 55% of what I need. My pulmonary specialist feels that with treatment that this condition can improve with time. As for the tumor, the doctors are not sure that it is cancer…but will be monitoring it over the next few weeks.
I am currently on heavy medication in an effort to diminish the size of my aorta. The medication combined with the lack of oxygen is causing chronic fatigue, less physical stamina and shortness of breath. Other than that, there are no other symptoms and I am not in any pain.
Over the course of the next two weeks cardiac specialists will be determining the best surgical option for correcting the aorta problem. There are still many questions to be answered and medical tests to be taken. I have also been meeting with some medical therapists to determine changes I need to make to my schedule and daily activity to help with my condition. At present my doctors have advised me that the best thing I can do is limit my physical activity and rest as much as possible.
I will be in the pulpit preaching this Sunday as we launch our “The Walking Dead” series. We are going forward with all plans to become Impact! Church before the end of October. Everything we have scheduled as a congregation is still scheduled. We are not standing still…we are moving forward…and running to the battle. I am still hearing from God…still casting vision to our leadership…and am stoked about how God is using Compass Point/Impact! Church to further His Kingdom.
I know that God is greater than an aneurysm, scar tissue or a tumor. I know that God has healed me before…and He will heal me again. I know that I have many amazing people praying for Denise and I. I know that God is on the throne…He has a plan for all of this…and that the best is yet to come!