Three Words You Never Want to Hear

You’ve got cancer!

The weirdest part is… I feel perfectly fine.

Here are the facts:

My journey started last October. I had just gotten back from a mission trip to Trinidad when I noticed a lump in my neck. I immediately assumed I had picked up something weird from the hospital we had visited in Trinidad. When it didn’t go away after a week or so I decided that I might need to see my doctor. She too thought that it was some kind of infection I had been exposed to in Trinidad so she started me on antibiotics and ran a bunch of tests. After ten days of treatment and no positive results on the many tests she had run, she sent me to an oncologist who in turn sent me to an ENT. Over the next several weeks I had a cat scan and then a needle biopsy. These tests showed some suspicious cells. Right before Christmas I was told that the only way to know for sure what we were dealing with was to take it out, so surgery was scheduled for January 18th. Once it was out the doctor informed me that it was indeed cancer.

The past twelve days have been a roller coaster of emotions and a boatload of doctor appointments. We’ve since learned that the cancer more than likely originated in my tonsils. (Still waiting on a confirmation from the results of a pet scan I had on Friday to confirm.) My doctors have told me that there is an 80-90% cure rate, but the treatment is very tough. They have recommended an aggressive plan of both chemo and radiation to be done simultaneously for the next seven weeks. Treatment is scheduled to begin next Monday, 2/6/12.

Those are the facts about what I am facing. Here’s the real story:

God has called me to speak for Him, so it is no surprise to me that the enemy has chosen to attack my throat. And here’s the best part, God isn’t surprised by this attack either. My days were all written in His book before even one of them came to be. (Psalm 139:16)

So… the battle is on! And the good news is I don’t have to battle alone.

“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14

My battle plan is simple:

  • I will praise Him throughout this storm
  • I will remain faithful & faith filled
  • I will stand on His promises and believe His word to be true
  • I will wield the sword of the truth to defend myself from the enemy’s attack

In the meantime I will be blogging about the journey and what I am learning from God through it. I hope that you will join me by reading my posts and leaving comments of encouragement on my blog.

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I’m not looking forward to the treatment, but I am looking forward to what God will do through it and hoping you will join me on this journey by praying for me.