Today's Lectionary Text
Romans 8:28And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
It’s October and soon we will be inundated with pink. It used to be one of my favorite colors. I brought you along with me in 2018 in my fight with triple negative breast cancer you know that this month is different for me than it was in 2017 and before. Instead of photos of autumn leaves and pumpkin spice everything my social media posts are filled with reminders for self-checks and mammogram appointments. I feel a sense of obligation and calling to help those newly diagnosed to navigate the world of cancer after my lucky early detection survival.
My first foray into this however can be likened to an adorable service puppy on its very first day of training. I was trying to be helpful; I just wasn’t doing a good job of it. Bless my heart.
I put together a basket of all the things that were helpful to me, wrote in a card that they could contact me if they wanted to and all the advice that I thought would be helpful. Of course, I didn’t realize at that time that all chemo regimens were different. (Insert face palm) I’m sure it was overwhelming coming from a stranger. I cringe even now thinking of it.
Unfortunately, I have had the opportunity this year to help two dear family members navigate the world of cancer and oncology. But I learned from my stumbling puppy experience. I’ve learned what is similar in all chemo treatment, I’ve learned to do my research on drugs, side effects, and protocols. As a family we’ve learned when to ask for a second opinion and when to ask for a referral. I’ve been able to use my contacts at the cancer center to speed up processes and find the best practitioners available.
I had hoped that I could use my experience with cancer to help others, I just didn’t know it was going to be members of my own family.
Here’s where I give my plea: Please see your doctor regularly. If something doesn’t seem right tell them. Make the appointment for a family member. Push back if it continues and there isn’t a resolution. If your doctor isn’t listening go to a different doctor, push for the test.
I continue to believe that cancer was put into my life for a reason. I have no family history; I had no genetic reason for it to happen. It’s not to say that I think God causes cancer, but I hope that I can use the experience, knowledge, and the growth in my faith to help others including my family.
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Prayer for Reflection
Heavenly Father, you take the trials we face and help us to turn them into road maps for others. Help us to be good examples of your people taking the lessons we learned grasping for light in the darkness to pull others behind us into your light.
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