Friday, September 11, 2015

That Moment You Find Out.....

.....that you don't have cancer....yet you know someone else that very same day likely got news that was the opposite of yours. It's sobering, humbling and a constant reminder that this life is short.
     I had a mammogram. Have to admit, it had been a while which was entirely my bad. Still, when they call you back again and again for more X-rays, and a sonogram/ultrasound,  it puts you in a mode of 'let's see how high we can get your blood pressure today'. I was told I needed a biopsy because the mammogram revealed a suspicious area, so it was scheduled....11 days later. Waiting stinks. I could've had it a few days sooner but we opted to wait for the doctor we wanted, since it required exact precision to remove the section of tissue in question.  So, with biopsy done (YES, it hurt...mostly when the anesthesia wears off cause there's a hole now in your ****), there was more waiting.....something no one in their right mind wants, yet it comes with the territory.

     There is an upside to the wait God calls you to. You:  A. Get to do a lot of research and B. Get to pray....alot. With both of those done, I remained strangely calm. I felt like I was ready to face the giants should God call me to face cancer. I had made the decision and I truly believe that it is a constant decision to face the outcome without changing my lifestyle or my joy. When you know God and meet with him daily, I believe He enables you to you steadily, pray unceasingly, and have a peace with unwavering, grateful joy that remains unchanged despite circumstance.

      It's interesting. Our adult kids knew what was going on but the littles didn't. We didn't want to frighten them nor give them cause for worry when we had no diagnosis. After the fact we shared what had been going on and they had NO idea I had even been to the hospital....or had mini-surgery. The joy of the Lord REALLY is my strength!

     It's back to normal around here now.....except two hamsters died the same day I found out I am Cancer free. Like I said....back to normal. Heh.

     Know anyone with cancer? Pray for them, encourage them, take them chocolate and send them notes. Please, don't send them a hamster.

     I had a lot of time to think about what would I do.....if it were me in those shoes. I sat in the waiting room with many, many valiant soldiers who are fighting the fight. I learned more than ever,  it's a time for faith, friendship and family. This Mom is grateful this week.....this mom is whipped, nae'd nae'd, the Doc and I are tired... and for the record...... there will be no more hamsters here for a while. My heart can't handle it! Oh and for the LOVE.....go get yourself a mammo!!!!!


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Happy Birthday Nature Girl!!

     Happy Birthday to this miracle today! Pardon my sappy reflections for a moment. You see, she by all statistics should not be where she is today. If statistics were our benchmark, she should be checked off the list as 'non-viable.' It's so easy to get caught up in the busyness of life that you forget to see the big picture of what God has and is doing. Markedly transforming a life. Making the broken whole. God delights in the business of restoration day in and day out. We humans continuously rely and work on a 24 hour system....but not our God. While we count in seconds, minutes, hours, days, even years HE knits together time and substance in such a way that one day we suddenly go, "Wow! Look what God did."
     Today, we are celebrating. Just a few years ago this one was so sick she couldn't hold her head up to think....much less do school. Jehovah Rapha, God our healer has made her strong enough. Just a few years ago she struggled to read. Today, that same God has enabled her and she is reading at grade level. Just a few years ago her muscle condition said she couldn't be strong enough to write and be in a classroom. Today, she's there writing along side her peers. Just a few years ago her sleep disorder kept her (and us) so disoriented that learning was almost non-existent. Today, it's under control and no longer a constant disruption to our days and schedules. Just a few year ago the normal seemed impossible. Today, God has made the impossible POSSIBLE.
     Don't get me wrong. It is HARD. Doing the impossible means putting your head down and plowing through hours and hours beyond most norms, to achieve what easily comes to you and me.    I am reminded every time I look at this girl the words of Winston Churchill, "Never, ever, ever give up." So true when you are dealing with people. Through prayer, discerning, and plain old work the impossible is being made possible. This girl toils harder than most at the normal in life.....yet as God touched her, we noticed something.
      It's really interesting because once the healing began.....once this girl began to learn.....once the layers were peeled back.....we discovered a gift. A brilliant scientific mind full of ideas, facts, and ability. Future biological scientist here people. Mark my words. She sees things no one else sees.....almost eerily so. I'll even bet she discovers a yet unknown species one day. It would not surprise me one bit.
     Happy Birthday Nature Girl! As we continue the day in and day out....loving you with all our being....we can't wait to see what God does next!