Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Cancer- the current crisis. Got Faith?

Hello again.

If you follow my Monday posts, you know I'm backtracking, telling a story from decades ago about a day that forever changed my life and my relationship with God.

Before that day, I knew about God. After that, I came to know God, the God who walks beside us each and every day of our lives.

Since then, I've worked at getting to know this God.

Good thing. 

Because five years later, I was diagnosed with cancer...a rare blood cancer called Waldenstroms Macroglobulinemia.  

Initially, the medical team chose to delay treatment, believing, at the time, that it would do more harm than good. Great choice!   Unexpectedly, it took 20 years to become a deadly threat. Twenty years of uncertainty, choosing to cherish each moment I was given.

So it was no surprise that in August 2015, after experiencing serious vision issues caused by a blood disorder caused by the cancer, I ended up in a chemo lab, hooked up to some very potent drugs. The treatments would, thankfully, save my life.Those same drugs would, however, wreak havoc and leave me feeling debilitated. Those side effects? It's all true.

It's been a long haul.

In my case, they can keep the cancer at bay, but not eradicate it. Ongoing treatments will always be necessary. Every six months, I'm back at that lab, fighting the fight.

But I'm one happy girl! One thankful soul! I've been given all that I need...and more... to get me through this.

God is amazing. God is dependable. God is...all he says He is.

That's why I'm so thankful for my faith. Because, even in the darkest moments, I see that God is with me. His provision, His care, His glory...they haven't been lost on me.

I know this life isn't forever. I learned that long ago. But, oh my friend, there's so much more.

If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or die, we are the Lords.  Romans 15:8

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