Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A New Plan...

First off, thank you so very much for all of your prayers for me and my family.  You continue to lift us up and we feel it.  

I posted less than a week ago while I was again hospitalized, but I didn't email it out to you guys.  Why?  Well, primarily because I can't send my blog out from my laptop (I usually post from my home computer), but it wasn't really that great of news either.'s one of my most favorite posts I've ever written.  I've read it a dozen times since I wrote it and I cry every time.  But don't fear -- it's not sad.  It's just another amazing story of how God continues to comfort and assure me of His healing.  Read it!  It's a good one!

So the bottom line is that my Cedars oncologist felt doing another regimen of chemo would be futile.  She said she had nothing left in her arsenal for me.  However, we were lead to a new doctor at UCLA this afternoon who felt differently .  Funny, actually, because he's never had one ovarian cancer patient.  Until me.  After explaining to us why he thought a daily regimen of a chemo that ovarian cancer patients never receive may work, we booked my appointment for tomorrow afternoon.    I reminded him, that if my chart didn't reflect it, I do believe God will heal me.  Whether He uses his hands or God's hand.  I shared that as well with the doctor's sweet receptionist who lit up when she saw my "can't do cancer without God" necklace.  She gave me a huge smile and a high five.  What a way to end the appointment.

So as it stands, I'll start tomorrow on a daily regimen of a drug that ovarian cancer patients never receive.  This doctor is brilliant (I couldn't follow a thing the guy said, but Ed could) and thinks outside the box.   My husband fell in love with him right away.  And he doesn't do that very often.  So the fun begins.  Again.  And let me tell you, I am grateful for an Again.

The drag, at this point, is that the chemo has to be administered down at UCLA.  Every day.  But I'm pushing for a change of venue.  I'm going to bat my fake eyelashes and see if I can receive it back at my Westlake Village office again.  Regardless, I'm grateful for another option.  No matter where it is.

As my wise girlfriend reminded me tonight, 
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, and in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight."

Proverbs 3:5-6


  1. Dear precious friend Ruthie!! As I hurriedly, but intently read your blog out loud to my husband Dennis in my heart I just KNEW the Lord had to have a new plan. And indeed He does! Praise the LORD!!!! So so grateful to hear of the new plan and I agree with Ed! I LOVE your doctor!! Prepared to be on your driver list if the batting of your beautiful eyes doesn't accomplish moving your chemo to Westlake ...count me in! Love you, continuing to pray and I pray tonight your REST in His tender care and sleep well. You are LOVED! By so MANY of us but especially by Him! xo Kathleen

  2. Glad to hear about the UCLA chemo... Have you looked at MD Anderson in Texas? I hear so many amazing things from their cancer treatments. Thinking of you! Marcy

  3. Oh wonderful news. I like this doctor. You aren't ready to give up and he isn't going to let you. Watch, you will show your other doctor with your success. Maybe there is a place that you can stay nearer to the hospital. I would ask a social worker from the hospital to see. Good luck and I hoping for all good things for you.

  4. Oh, what wonderful news! We have to be so, so aggressive in these types of situations and so glad you sought another opinion. Praying this will breathe new life into your being and you will be healed. Sweetest blessings to you!

  5. I'm so happy for your options.
    Yesterday in church a lady shared that she never heard the name of Jesus until she was 10. That day she accepted HIM as her Savior and so did her Mother that same day. She said every prayer they prayed was answered and eventhough her eyes couldn't see HIM everything in her life gave evidence to the existence of GOD. A God she never knew.
    Psalm 29 verse 11 says that God will give His people strength and peace.

    I pray this for you today.

    xo rachel

  6. Hi Ruthie, I actually live across the little league fields from you. I read your post today as my mom starts chemo again today for ovarian cancer as well. I am praying God's will for her and for you. With love, your neighbor Allison :-)