Well, this is me. I am the one in the eight. A few days ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. In this country one in eight women will be diagnosed with this disease. I am the typical, young, healthy woman who does not have a significant family history of breast cancer. I have annual mammograms and my most recent one this past November came back clean. However, about a month ago I felt a small lump in my breast. As most mothers do, I put off taking care of myself and I didn’t address it until last week when a friend told me she was diagnosed with breast cancer. After that conversation I immediately drove home and called my doctor.
And here we are.
Right now I am trusting Jesus every moment and taking things one step at a time. He has given me such PEACE and confirmation that He is walking right along side me through this trial that I WILL overcome. He continues to impress upon my heart that in this world we will have trouble, but He has overcome the world. (John 16:33). My prayer is that He will be glorified through this process, and that I may learn the true measure of trusting Him. I know He’s not through with me yet. l know He has a plan and a purpose for my life, as He does for all of us. He is my rock and my salvation, and in the end we WIN!
Some have been asking how they can help. TRULY, the only thing we are asking for at this time is PRAYER. Prayer for healing, prayer for our girls, prayer for wisdom for the doctors, and prayer for strength through this process.
Women, please be diligent about your manual breast exams, and if you find something that seems off, get it checked immediately. I can’t stress enough how important that is. Even if you think, “I’m healthy! I’m young! This could never happen to me!” It doesn’t matter. I thought the same thing.
So, even though I felt that I had a pretty extensive life experience “resume” so far, I guess I will be adding this to this list…
BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR
Let the fight begin.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”