December 6th 2010 was a day that changed my life forever. It was the day that I heard those dreaded words... the "c" word! The day I was diagnosed with breast cancer. The whirlwind of emotions… it was so much to take in and process. From that day on my life has been forever changed in so many ways. I have overcome so many fears while facing countless appointments, tests, surgeries, radiation, chemo and many other things. To not only survive all these things, but to also adjust to the many physical and emotional changes has been a lot for me to take in. I can't lie there has been many, many hard times. Days when I wondered how could I go on, but I continued to battle through it all moment by moment day by day. I have changed in many ways… how can you not change when you have 4 cancers in 5 years. It is not common for one to go through this in such a short time. There are many people battling their own cancer journey and it is a hard and long road. I am so thankful for the many people I have connected with as we all share that bond of battling a horrible disease.
On days when I am discouraged there is always someone that has an encouraging word for me. I ran into a woman that I have met through one of my friends. She told me that she always prays for me and that I am her hero... I was overwhelmed and very humbled by her words. She said that I am here on this earth like each of us are to encourage others through my suffering and my journey, to offer hope as Christ did on his days here on this earth. If my journey has given hope or faith or encouragement to others then this has been God's plan for my life and if I have made a difference in one persons life than I am thankful for that.
I don't know what the future holds for me and I continue to battle the fears and thoughts of cancer returning again to my body. It is all out of my hands so I have to live life enjoying every day that I am given and cherish the many blessings that I have in this life. I am so thankful for my family, friends, and my faith. That is what continues to get me through each and every day.
I want to encourage each of you at this wonderful time of the year to enjoy the season, take time for others, don't get stressed about all that needs to get done before Christmas but to enjoy all of what Christmas truly means to each of us.
For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be upon his shoulders, and he will be called wonderful, counselor, mighty God, everlasting father, prince of peace.