Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Blessings In the Midst of Cancer

You really wouldn't think a person would feel blessed while going through cancer treatment. The chemotherapy is brutal and the side effects are worse, but there are blessings and they outweigh the hardship by a wide margin. Today, I want to let you in on some of those blessings.

1. People. I can't even begin to tell you how many kind, wonderful people we have met because of this disease. From my husband's main nurse, Jen, to Dr. Richard Jones, the head of oncology at Johns Hopkins, we have had the privilege of meeting some fabulous people who care deeply about their patients. This past week, my husband's "tech," the gal who adjusts his PICC line every week, asked about me and our family's recent move. His personal oncologist, Dr. Andrea Baines, takes a deeply personal interest in every detail of his condition and how he feels.

2. Prayers. Instead of health insurance, we belong to a Christian Sharing Group, Samaritan Ministries, wherein each participant mails their monthly payment to a family with a medical need. This month, more than 200 people are mailing their payments to us. With each payment, we get a note of encouragement and a promise of prayer. Social media has also provided a huge abundance of prayer warriors who are praying for us while David undergoes his cancer treatments. As of right now, there are literally thousands of people praying for us on a regular basis! What a huge blessing!

3. Peace. Yes, we have peace. We know that nothing about our Savior changes because of cancer, or any other disease or ailment for that matter. He is the same, yesterday, today and forever. Because of this fact, we have peace. We are not overcome with fear, anxiety, despair or any other human emotion. At home, we are laughing, carrying on an almost impossible schedule and going about life as though it has not been interrupted. We can do this because of His peace...the peace of God which passes all understanding.

4. Provision. About half my husband's salary depends on commissions and when he was hospitalized, we were concerned about him losing momentum on his commissions. It can take months to rebuild momentum even from a vacation or holiday. We knew that being in the hospital for 18 days could stop his momentum in its tracks. We prayed and left it. I, personally, did not have the emotional strength to worry about it. Much to our relief, he lost no momentum at all. As a matter of fact, once his pain was under control, he actually worked his job from his hospital bed.  Since getting out of the hospital and starting his chemo routine, he has been able to go to work and keep up his demanding schedule. He only takes chemo days off, since his chemo treatments take 8 hours. God also provided for his $8,000.00 a month injections to be completely paid for! Through a GoFundMe account set up by a friend, a voucher from Johns Hopkins and a gift from the pharmaceutical company, these drugs are completely covered! We praise God for His provision for us.

5. Passion. Sometimes illness can take our focus away from other things in life, making us have tunnel vision with the illness the center focus of our lives. This has not happened to David. Besides our family and his job, he's focused on planting Mosaic Church of Bowie.  We've started weekly Bible studies, the website is up and running and we have made many contacts in the community helping work toward a launch. His passion for the Word, for souls and for the needs of people has not lessened due to his cancer. It's like the cancer is just a little bump in the road that has hardly slowed us down.

So, there you have it. Blessings in the form of people, prayer, peace, provision and passion.
Praise be.

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