Praise God for his provision for me. Thanks to the amazing help I have received from meals, cards, prayers, help with children, etc I am recovering quite nicely. I’m ahead of schedule! It was more painful in the beginning than I expected but doing better this week than I expected. God is good!
The surgeries Friday were a success, although Jess has been in much more pain than expected. Even in the midst of all the pain she is always smiling. Jonathan has been sick too. Even though he has been sick he has been so loving and nurturing towards Jess. We were getting up every 30 minutes throughout the night to give her meds and to move her around to ease the pain. We are so blessed to have people provide meals and to help with the kids. Having the extra help allowed me the opportunity to tend to Jess and Jonathan around the clock without interruption. Julie (Jonathan’s sister) has been incredibly helpful! I don’t know what we would do without her! I have enjoyed spending time with my twin sister and brother in law. We have bonded so much over the last two years. We got a bad case of the giggles when Matt came over to help make food. Poor Jess kept saying her incisions hurt because we kept laughing so much. God has blessed Jess with such a fun loving spirit. I am amazed at how well she manages pain. She makes the best of every situation. Please pray that Jess will heal quickly. Thank you all for your support.
Praise God, the surgery went well. The doctors, nurses, and other St. Agnes staff gave me the royal treatment today. I can’t thank them enough for making everything so pleasant for me. I’m extremely thankful for my awesome care team, Jonathan, Jo, Matt, Marcus, Julie, and Lilli for doting on me at the hospital and at home. God gave me great peace today. I wasn’t afraid, the Lord took that burden from me. The fact that I loved being at the hospital seemed crazy to the staff but that was the work of God. I feel so blessed and encouraged by all the touching posts, texts, notes, kind words, meals, and help with my children. I’m having such a great time with the family at home that it makes it difficult to go to bed. I’m in quite a bit of pain despite the medications but I’m still having a blast. Thank you Lord for turning seemingly difficult trials in this life to something good, even something to be thankful for. God is good!
“For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”
Please pray that Jess recovers quickly from her surgeries today. One is for breast reconstruction and the other is for an oophorectomy (Ovary removal to prevent any spreading due to the BRCA gene).
If you have a moment please share an encouraging word with her – on Facebook, email, text, or voicemail. Jess Fights Back is actually “We Fight Back” because we are a team!
God has blessed us beyond measure. The last two years have taught me a lot about the faithfulness of God. Thank you all!!
This Friday Jess will be having two surgeries to finish reconstruction and to remove her ovaries. She will require a lot of rest in order to heal properly and will not be allowed to lift anything over 5 pounds for at least a month. This is a tricky requirement when you have two little ones! The Rehn family is extremely grateful for your continued support and help. Please continue to pray for continued healing and protection.
How you can help:
Please use the following link to access “Meal Train” and sign up to bring the Rehn family meals http://www.mealtrain.com?id=m7p46g1yqvut
Praying that Jess feels better soon. She is still having bad side effects from the tetanus shot and now from the anti-viral meds. She is such a trooper. Fighting pain everyday with such a great attitude.
Today should have been a difficult day but God had other plans in mind. So very thankful for friends helping with kids, the fun and fellowship from a visit with a wonderful family, the encouragement and support from my sisters and brother in law, encouraging texts from friends, medicine to fight my allergic reaction to a tetanus shot, help from a doting husband, snuggles with my children, and unexpected energy to get through the day on no sleep for the past few days. God is good! Now that I’m on steroids to treat pain and constant itching in my left arm that has been keeping me up at nights is keeping me up now but I’m hopeful the meds will do their job.