A taste of FAITH, a touch of LAUGHTER.
TimeHop is an iPhone app, and I am enjoying daily glimpses back into the past. It’s quite interesting, walking down that memory lane.
Today, the app reminds me that it is 4 years ago now that I was receiving radiation treatments for the breast cancer that was discovered earlier on, in February of that year. I had undergone two operations on the right breast. I was at the Cancer Lodge down island, in Victoria, with many others who were receiving radiation and chemo. There were some who were in much worse condition than I, but the atmosphere and spirit of that place, of the people there who shared their stories, was truly wonderful. I learned a lot by just being there.
So, I am in my 5th year of this journey, one I never dreamed I would enter. I remember the shock when I received the diagnosis. It felt like a death sentence. I left the doctor’s office speechless and wandered numbly and aimlessly to a mall across from there, trying to sort things out in my mind. I wondered how many around me had had bad news that day that I didn’t know about, just as they had no clue about mine.
On the outside, everything was the same. Life around me was going on quite as usual, but everything had CHANGED! It was all different for me now. My mind slowly began to focus on what was really important. My family. My life affairs. What to do NOW……
A diagnosis of cancer is a wake up call. I have had so many reasons to be thankful that it came when it did, and for all I have learned from my brush with it. I had always feared death, but that was based in what? Nothing really. It was just an irrational fear without any basis. Now I faced squarely the possibility of death, the reality of that, and found the comfort of God in it. Trust. Faith. Hope. Peace.
I know many who are still dealing with active cancer. I know there are some very bad scenarios. I see many of those folks facing death squarely and still finding the blessings in life. I said goodbye to one dear lady friend already and have seen others depart from this life as a result of this disease. I know it can return and does, in some cases.
My life and times are in the hands of God, and that is the safest place to be on this earth.
“Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort me.”
Psalm 23:4 AMP