Earlier this morning, I got an alert that a comment had been made on a blog which I wrote nearly a year ago entitled: NO EVIDENCE OF DISEASE!. I thought for a long while after reading that blog for you see, I had written it after receiving the results from my annual mammogram on June 15, 2010.
As a breast cancer survivor, a mammogram can be a very stressful thing. It is not the most "comfortable" procedure but that is the least of our concerns. The annual mammogram tells a cancer survivor whether or not she is still cancer-free or if it has returned. Notice I did not use the word "normal". That is because post-treatment, a cancer-survivor will never hear the words "normal" in conjunction with a mammogram ever again for due to scars from surgery and radiation things are "normal". Instead, everything is compared to your own personal baseline.
I am going in for my annual mammogram next Wednesday. If you are a woman reading this, don't shy away from getting annual routine screenings and if you detect anything unusual, don't be in denial and hope it will go away. Most of the time it is not cancer but if it is, running away from it will NOT make it go away. Deal with it! 3 1/2 years after my diagnosis in December 2007, I am still here because I did what I could. I prayed and then I used the resources God made available to me. Failure to do this would have meant I would have undoubtedly been dead by December 2009. If you are a man reading this, encourage the women you love to do the same.
The possibility of recurrence is never very far from the minds of most cancer survivors. We want to believe it will never ever come back again but we also understand how cancer suddenly swoop in upon you without warning. It is good to know that God is bigger than cancer and He is never caught off guard by the unexpected. It is impossible to surprise God. This is why it is important to remember that regardless of where our path leads us, He is always right there beside us every step of the way and will carry us in ways we could never possibly imagine.
A few years ago, my dear friend, Joyce Bethy Ferguson (@Bethy), introduced me to a lovely song. I shared it on my blog a year ago but I'd like to share it once again as a reminder to us. Jesus never promised that we'd never have to endure pain and suffering in this world. I know there are some people who say otherwise and I am happy they will never endure any sort of hardship or suffering in this world. This blog and song is not for them.
However, if you have been ever been knocked to the ground, so to speak, and cried out in the night wondering where God is and if He even cares about you... this blog and song is for you. I know sometimes it gets very, very hard and it can often be very lonely. You can't see your way and you feel like you are stumbling in the dark. You are so tired... so very tired. Don't give up! I know it seems like forever... but it is not. It is not. It is for but one brief moment in time and though you may not be able to see Him, feel Him or hear Him... believe. Believe that God's promises are true and though you can't see them... there are footprints in the sand.
That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don't look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NLT)
You O Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. Ps. 18:28
Can there be any question why God's own children have to suffer? What could we provide for the thousands upon thousands who are suffering? Nothing...just empty platitudes. I praise God that He finds those that are worthy to endure hardship and can thereby be found praising God through it all. You have a wonderful testimony...and though, I have never suffered physical anguish, I have had emotional...and pain is pain...we all need a friend during these times...someone to help us through.
God was my only friend during many of my years...and that was necessary too...because I found Him there... but in the end He brought many others to help me when things became so severe I could not help myself...but by that time I was well aware of who to thank. God alone. Sometimes...He wants it to be just me and him...but other times...it is Him through others. Each has a time and place, and both are equally rewarding.
I am finding CB to be where I am supposed to be right now..I was needing to find Christians that really lived for "Him"..I was becoming concerned that there really were very few true Christians left in the world other than in places like China (however I come from a small northern community, and I'm sure it is not a good sampling of Christianity as a whole).
I have found many on CB...though I may understand a few things a little differently than some people... on the main points I am in agreement...It's all about Christ and Him alone. I have been greatly encouraged...and God has used it to shine His light on me...not always pleasant..but always very good.
You must be a real inspiration for so many suffering illness, it is such an important ministry to help those boxed in their homes..sick and all alone. God Bless you.