Last week was a big week in our household! For those of you who have been following along in our cancer journey, I wanted to give you a little update. After 5 long weeks of driving back and forth to Cleveland each day (2 hours one way!), I am officially done with radiation. This week has been seriously uncomfortable as my body heals from that, and while I don’t miss the treatment — I do miss the great radiation team. They were very sweet and very thorough and I am very grateful for the opportunity to meet them all and get to know them a little bit.
My radiation doctor is cautiously optimistic that this radiation will eradicate the current cancer cells in my body and I am wildly optimistic that the Lord will keep them from returning. My parents organized a prayer service on Thursday and it was deeply encouraging. I do feel that this sickness will not end in death and many people at the prayer service confirmed that they felt the same way. It is a battle every day — to overcome fear, to overcome the “what if…”, to overcome the idea that I shouldn’t plan my life any further out than the next six months. I know that my God is able. And I do believe that he will heal me.
I was reading in Daniel this week — about the time that Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den (Daniel 6). It is interesting that God did not spare Daniel the trauma of being thrown into the den. He did protect Daniel, but it was clear that he was in some very real danger. I wonder what it was like sitting in that den all night. Was he fearful? Was he peaceful? Did he wonder how long the lion’s mouth would remain shut?
As believer’s, we will not be spared from danger and trails. However, through it all, God will be with us. And that has certainly been the case in this situation.
To top off an already exciting and encouraging week, the children’s ministry team organized an amazing birthday gift for me! They asked the kids to bring in fruit and they made two amazing fruit baskets for me to take home. I’ve been really trying to boost my overall health by eating lots of fruits and vegetables, so it was a such a thoughtful (and useful!) gift.
We continue to walk this journey fully trusting in God. I do believe that he will heal me, and I am looking forward to that day! Thank you all for your continued prayers and notes of encouragement. It is so appreciated!