Uncertainty: I have something wrong with me, but what?

04f1For the last month I have been dealing with the news that something is wrong with my body.  I have nodules (growths) in my thyroid gland that may be cancerous.  The uncertainty is that I do not know whether I have cancer or not and there is no way right now to prove that I don’t have it other than having surgery to remove my thyroid.  The desire here is to not alarm my friends and family with this post, but to ask for prayer and to share a bit about the journey I am on with this.  So, I am going to share in a series of posts both information so you can pray for me and the journey that I am traveling.

Uncertainty is the most frustrating thing, but when I began on this journey I could be certain of the fact that God was watching over me. The very day I went to my doctor about swelling in my neck, I had a voice mail message on my phone.  A gentleman from the church said that it was on his heart to do a prayer vigil for me for the next week.  He, of course, had no idea about the fact that I had a swollen lump on my neck.

My first visit to the doctor referred me to some tests and an ENT doctor.  My ENT (ear, nose, throat) doctor saw me the next week.  There I had an sonogram of my thyroid which showed a nodule of 1.5 centimeters, or the size of the tip of my pinkie.  As I was being examined, I had one of those surreal-out-of-body experiences.  The table next to me had biopsy needles that had freaky tips on them and other motorized tools that were unfamiliar.  At least when you are at the dentist you know what the particular torture devices might do.

At the end of my visit to the ENT doctor, he said the next step would be more pricking for blood and a test at a nuclear facility. I’ll let you know about what happened next tomorrow.  Thanks for you prayers and support!

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Rich Kirkpatrick

Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

32 comments

  1. Yay for the opportunity to pray though this incredible hard and crazy tough time for you and your family. I will be praying for you. I look forward to hear and see what God is going to do through this situation. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  2. Yay for the opportunity to pray though this incredible hard and crazy tough time for you and your family. I will be praying for you. I look forward to hear and see what God is going to do through this situation. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  3. Yay for the opportunity to pray though this incredible hard and crazy tough time for you and your family. I will be praying for you. I look forward to hear and see what God is going to do through this situation. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  4. Yay for the opportunity to pray though this incredible hard and crazy tough time for you and your family. I will be praying for you. I look forward to hear and see what God is going to do through this situation. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  5. You’re in my prayers, Rich. Let us know how this is going. I’ve also got “something” on the left side of my throat that I’ve been trying to ignore for a while now, Maybe your post here is some kind of message that I need to go have it looked at. In any case…I’ll definitely keep you on my prayer list.

  6. You’re in my prayers, Rich. Let us know how this is going. I’ve also got “something” on the left side of my throat that I’ve been trying to ignore for a while now, Maybe your post here is some kind of message that I need to go have it looked at. In any case…I’ll definitely keep you on my prayer list.

  7. You’re in my prayers, Rich. Let us know how this is going. I’ve also got “something” on the left side of my throat that I’ve been trying to ignore for a while now, Maybe your post here is some kind of message that I need to go have it looked at. In any case…I’ll definitely keep you on my prayer list.

  8. You’re in my prayers, Rich. Let us know how this is going. I’ve also got “something” on the left side of my throat that I’ve been trying to ignore for a while now, Maybe your post here is some kind of message that I need to go have it looked at. In any case…I’ll definitely keep you on my prayer list.

  9. Praying for you Rich. What a cool idea to share your story here. Your testimony through this event will be an encouragement to a lot of us. Thanks for sharing it man.

  10. Praying for you Rich. What a cool idea to share your story here. Your testimony through this event will be an encouragement to a lot of us. Thanks for sharing it man.

  11. Praying for you Rich. What a cool idea to share your story here. Your testimony through this event will be an encouragement to a lot of us. Thanks for sharing it man.

  12. Praying for you Rich. What a cool idea to share your story here. Your testimony through this event will be an encouragement to a lot of us. Thanks for sharing it man.

  13. Rich,
    as always, I am praying for you and I have your back through this. Not to mention your house for the next week ;-). In any case man I will be praying for you and I love ya man.

    Zach

  14. Rich,
    as always, I am praying for you and I have your back through this. Not to mention your house for the next week ;-). In any case man I will be praying for you and I love ya man.

    Zach

  15. Rich,
    as always, I am praying for you and I have your back through this. Not to mention your house for the next week ;-). In any case man I will be praying for you and I love ya man.

    Zach

  16. Rich,
    as always, I am praying for you and I have your back through this. Not to mention your house for the next week ;-). In any case man I will be praying for you and I love ya man.

    Zach

  17. Rich, I added you to our church’s prayer list tonight. My worship team and I will lift you up. Thank you for letting us pray for you on this.

  18. Rich, I added you to our church’s prayer list tonight. My worship team and I will lift you up. Thank you for letting us pray for you on this.

  19. Rich, I added you to our church’s prayer list tonight. My worship team and I will lift you up. Thank you for letting us pray for you on this.

  20. Rich, I added you to our church’s prayer list tonight. My worship team and I will lift you up. Thank you for letting us pray for you on this.

  21. It’s a privilege to pray for you, Rich! I’m sure God will be revealing some great mysteries to you through this time of uncertainty. Good to know that there’s never uncertainty on God’s end of things, eh? May he strengthen you and uphold you with his righteous right hand!

  22. It’s a privilege to pray for you, Rich! I’m sure God will be revealing some great mysteries to you through this time of uncertainty. Good to know that there’s never uncertainty on God’s end of things, eh? May he strengthen you and uphold you with his righteous right hand!

  23. It’s a privilege to pray for you, Rich! I’m sure God will be revealing some great mysteries to you through this time of uncertainty. Good to know that there’s never uncertainty on God’s end of things, eh? May he strengthen you and uphold you with his righteous right hand!

  24. It’s a privilege to pray for you, Rich! I’m sure God will be revealing some great mysteries to you through this time of uncertainty. Good to know that there’s never uncertainty on God’s end of things, eh? May he strengthen you and uphold you with his righteous right hand!

  25. Rich,
    I’ll be praying for you as well. I’ve already sent your prayer request to our prayer team so they’ll be praying for you continually until they hear different. I’m hoping for the best.

    In Christ,

    Phil

  26. Rich,
    I’ll be praying for you as well. I’ve already sent your prayer request to our prayer team so they’ll be praying for you continually until they hear different. I’m hoping for the best.

    In Christ,

    Phil

  27. Rich,
    I’ll be praying for you as well. I’ve already sent your prayer request to our prayer team so they’ll be praying for you continually until they hear different. I’m hoping for the best.

    In Christ,

    Phil

  28. Rich,
    I’ll be praying for you as well. I’ve already sent your prayer request to our prayer team so they’ll be praying for you continually until they hear different. I’m hoping for the best.

    In Christ,

    Phil

  29. praying for you – definitely. Please keep us up to date. Also sending this into our prayer bulletin at the church here at lake pointe.

  30. praying for you – definitely. Please keep us up to date. Also sending this into our prayer bulletin at the church here at lake pointe.

  31. praying for you – definitely. Please keep us up to date. Also sending this into our prayer bulletin at the church here at lake pointe.

  32. praying for you – definitely. Please keep us up to date. Also sending this into our prayer bulletin at the church here at lake pointe.

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