I joined CB in July 2007 little realizing that just four months later, on December 3, 2007 I would learn that I had a tumor which would later be confirmed as being malignant. A biopsy and surgery would confirm that I had Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma (IDC) which is the most common form of breast cancer. However, my grade 3 tumor (on a scale of 0-3 with 3 being the worst) was also what is known as "triple negative" meaning which is less common. The odds of recurrence for a triple negative within the first two years are very high. This was one very aggressive tumor.
A very aggressive cancer calls for very aggressive treatment which made me pretty much homebound during treatment. So, since I already belonged to CB, I turned to blogging as a means of trying to make sense of make sense out of the madness in my world and perhaps help others deal with the madness in theirs.
Surprisingly, considering the terrible physical state I was in, I wrote rather extensively between December 2007-August 2008. Most of the blogs I wrote dealt with my reflections of the battle I was in. Over the years, I have had the privilege of knowing that some of my blogs have blessed and encouraged others who were fighting this same battle or had loved ones who were doing so. I praise God for that for that has always been my hope!
However, I realize that the lessons I learned are not applicable to physical cancer only. As long as we live, we are going to face "cancers" in our lives meaning things which try to discourage and destroy us. This is why I am in the process of collecting all of these blogs into a new series called Walking With God In The Midst of Cancer. It is my hope these blogs written more than three years ago will continue to bless and encourage not only those who are dealing with cancer in their own life or the life of someone close to them but anyone who needs to be reminded that God truly does turn our darkness into light.
P.S. Oh, the picture? That is a picture of the pink baseball cap which I wore quite a bit during this time. I also wore it to every chemo and radiation treatment. "Chick Night" is what we call our womens meetings at church and the glittering pin is, well... you can see a close-up of it on my avatar. It says "Princess" and I bought it right before I went through chemo as a reminder... I am a of God, no matter what!