On the Mend

August 24, 2015

Walk with Larissa Kwong Abazia, Vice Moderator of the 221st General Assembly, as she lives through cancer. This and other reflections will appear on the web page "Each New Day."


It’s been about a week and a half since surgery and every single day feels better. It’s a daily lesson to take things slowly, refraining from pushing myself so that I don’t set myself back.

The gift of all of this time has been the surrounding community offering prayers and words of encouragement. Opening my inbox or logging into Facebook offered a distraction from the surgery. I could feel the love and support despite the distance between all of us. Our families came to fill our fridge and freezer with food, clean, and enjoy time with our son. We’re still working on digging ourselves out from under all of the comfort food! 

I cannot say enough, “Thank you!” Thank you for the prayers and thoughts sent on high on our behalf. I am grateful for those not only caring for me, but for my whole family. I’m finding that I am not just on the mend from the cuts of surgery. We’re all on the mend from the twists and turns that cancer has given us. Some days are easier than others, the unknown becoming more expected than the planned. I never would have expected to have gone through so much in the past six months, yet I trust that each day brings another step toward healing and wholeness.

  1. Just wondering how you're doing nowadays? We at Orangewood Presbyterian are praying for your recovery.

    by Joseph Miller

    March 27, 2016

  2. We have you on our prayer chain at Orangewood Presbyterian Church in Phoenix. We're wondering how you are doing, since we haven't seen any postings since August 28. We pray that everything is OK.

    by Doris Lawson

    September 30, 2015

  3. I have just met you as I prepare the first lesson "Come to the Waters". You give helpful suggestions to me as a Bible leader. Thank you for your contribution to what is going to be a topic we will love at our Bethesda Presby. Church in Aberdeen, N.C. Thoughts...prayers...love to you as you recover from surgery. Ann McNeill.

    by Ann McNeill

    September 13, 2015

  4. Grateful for returning strength and the powerful presence of God in your life and the lives of family each and every day. You are strong Larissa! And we stand with you!

    by Beth Freese Dammers

    August 26, 2015

  5. You and your family continue in my prayers for complete recovery. God's continued blessings!

    by Vicki Dreibelbis

    August 25, 2015

  6. Glad to hear surgery is behind you. Do continue to take care

    by Judy Kolwicz

    August 24, 2015

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