Recently we went to Columbus, Ohio to hike and play for a change. I did not have any tests, appointments, or procedures this time! It was a beautiful day, the leaves were starting to change and we saw squirrels gathering walnuts. This is the life I enjoy. It’s been a year since that diagnosis with breast cancer but it just seems like yesterday but sure glad I’m on the other side of treatment. My follow-up appointments have been good. I’m on a hormone therapy medicine that gives me issues, but overall I am doing very well.
Do I have thoughts of cancer returning?
I do, but I dismiss them. I’m not going to go there. The Bible tells me in 2 Corinthians 10:5 “to take every thought captive” so that’s what I try to do. I have moments of discouragement too. It’s only natural. Whenever we go through tough times, we can have hope and rise above them. It’s not easy. It’s something we have to do intentionally. Fight against it. Ask for prayer. Read God’s promises.
How has life changed after cancer?
Since that diagnosis, I think I’m more appreciative of simple things. I cherish my life with my husband more. We lost our sweet girl, Lady, the same week I was diagnosed, and though we miss her terribly, life without a dog is something we both need for now.
What advice would I give to someone newly diagnosed?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Ask until you understand. Be careful researching online. Take care of yourself, in whatever way that looks for you. I spent a lot of time in Columbus by myself during radiation treatments, and I made the best of it.
What’s the best way to update others of your journey?
When it started for me, I posted on Facebook. But I have family & friends who are not on Facebook so I emailed some and texted others. It got to be too much. I opened a CaringBridge account and others could follow there if they wanted updates. To be honest, I got tired of talking about it, even though I appreciated thinking of you messages and encouragement.
Since that Diagnosis
Crocheting has become my new obsession. I started crocheting lap blankets for nursing home patients and I continue to make them. I’m also making prayer shawls and prayer squares to take the Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center in Columbus. And I recently taught myself how to crochet hats or chemo caps for cancer patients. My friends call this my “Crochet Ministry’ and have even donated yarn and cash. I’m so grateful for them.
I wrote about my journey HERE if you’d like to read about it.
My prayer is to give others hope by telling my story. Please feel free to share with others who may be going through cancer or just need some hope. Jesus is my strength and Hope. And He can be yours too. Ask Him into your heart today.