This is Victoria getting ready for her 21st scan.
She was excited and fully expectant for a good result.
And she was not disappointed.
The scan showed that the tumour was smaller than the September 2015 scan. This reduction in size was not due to any medical intervention. It was simply the hand of God - His mercy on Victoria's life.
Surely or only goodness, mercy, and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, and through the length of my days the house of the Lord [and His presence] shall be my dwelling place. Psalm 23:6 AMP
We are both overjoyed and overwhelmed with this result. Thank you Jesus for your healing power.
Following on from reviewing the scans two other decisions were made...
After five years of have mostly quarterly scans, the next scan will be in six months time. For anyone who has been on this journey, you will know exactly what that means. It means six months free of thinking about scans and results. It means six months for Victoria to have a more 'normal' life, something she hasn't had for five years! It means six months of breathing space for us a family, allowing each of us time to more fully live our lives. Praise God!
Secondly, the portacath, which is being accessed in the above picture, will be taken out. This is an access point, under Victoria's skin, connected to a tube going into the top of her heart. Praise God it has worked perfectly for almost four years. But now it is no longer required, in Jesus Name.
Thank you to everyone who has prayed so faithfully over the past five years, standing, believing that our God is able and willing to heal, and that He still heals today. We believe this is only the beginning of the manifestation of healing in Victoria - the best is yet to come, with complete disintegration of the tumour, and complete restoration of her left arm, hand, leg and foot. None of this is impossible for our God.
For with God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment. Luke 1:37 AMP
We are so grateful to everyone who has stood with us, in prayer, and also practically. Thank you for being such a blessing to each of us. As you may have gathered from my previous posts this year, Term 1 was particularly challenging for Victoria with various muscle issues and pain. The Year 12 students at school have come alongside Victoria this year. They have been encouraging her, reminding her that she is loved.
And not only have they done this for Victoria, but they have also included her whole class, who have lovingly prayed and supported her since Prep, by arranging a lunchtime bbq and games for the class.
But what they, a group of 17 and 18 year old, did for us, as a family, this week, really blew us all away. It reminded me that despite what we watch on TV about the youth of this generation, there are youth who love, who know they have a purpose and who want to do good and bless others.
On Wednesday when I picked Victoria up at school to go for the scan, there at the office for me was a beautiful bunch of flowers, a CD, and a little brown box. The little brown box was actually for Ken and I. There was also a parcel for Marshall at the office, with some of his favourite food, and a little brown box. When I found Victoria in the playground, she had three big helium balloons, and a little brown box. As we walked through the play ground, at least 20 children came up to Victoria and wished her well with the scan - 'the 21st scan' as she called it.
When we got to the car, Victoria opened her little brown box.
And inside were hand-written notes (including a beautiful sketch) to Victoria from each of the Year 12 students. She started to read them out aloud - what affirmation and love in those notes. So I opened our box and read the top one of the hand-written notes to Ken and I - only managed to read one and the tears started to come - so put them on the seat for later in the day. What a wonderful act of kindness. That Wednesday night after the scan, around the dinner table, we all sat there with our little brown boxes, including Charlotte and Alexandra with theirs too, and shared some of what had been written to each of us. How blessed we all felt.
Reading these notes, and seeing all of Victoria's friends wishing her well as she went off to the scan, made me think of something I read while sitting beside Victoria in the MRI machine. It was from a book called, 'God's Word Heals' by Derek Prince. There was a transcript from one of the his Healing Services ....
'Now, the more people who witness from close quarters, the better pleased I am. I particularly enjoy having children there. I've had children with their noses about half an inch from somebody's heel when it grew out, because I reckon that when a child sees a few legs grow out, it doesn't matter what the anyone (sic) says, that child will know forever there's a God.' (page 240 - 241)
I realise for some of you reading this post that will sound a bit 'out there', but as I read it in the MRI room, it reasonated with me. I could see all those children - junior school, and the youth in year 12, praying for Victoria, believing for her healing. And now, with the results this week, they can see what our God can do.
Victoria was adamant that she wanted to share the news with the students and teachers after the scan, asking me when I was texting, "Who are you texting Mum? I want to tell my friends". And so she did tell them, after all, this is her story of what God is doing in her life. More and more it is a testimony of her relationship with God and what He is doing in and through her.
Thank you again for standing with us in prayer and in so many practical ways. Please continue to pray for complete healing in Victoria's brain and body, as we continue to choose to stick with God and His ways.
But me, I'm not giving up.
I'm sticking around to see what GOD will do.
I'm waiting for God to make things right.
I'm counting on God to listen to me.
Micah 7:7 The Message