Honestly I am not really a pink kind of girl. If someone gave me the choice between pink and red, I would always choose red. Except for this month! This month is about remembering those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, who are in the middle of their battle, those who are considered survivors . . . and that is about 1 in 8 of you. So pink it is!!
I am a breast cancer survivor. I know what it is to hear the word cancer spoken over your life. I know the fear that can stalk you, and the worry that can invade every thought. I learned some things as I navigated my battle . . . maybe they can help you.
Have Faith for Today
Honestly I haven’t always been very good at this . . . I like to know the plan . . . what is going to happen next week, next month . . . what is the result of that test going to mean? In so many aspects, my cancer journey felt like I was in the waiting room . . . and I was definitely not enjoying it.
Every test just led to more questions . . . even now as I go for checkups and more tests . . . questions come up . . . And sometimes worry weighs on me . . .
Worry is a kind of fear.
It is always thinking something will go wrong. The mentality that says, “everything is good now . . . but you never know!” Worry is thinking I am in control of, actually, what I am not.
We have to be ok with what we can’t control. I realized that I did not have to know what would happen tomorrow . . . I just had to have faith for today.
Hebrews 11 tells us that NOW faith is . . .
Hebrews 11:1 (New International Version) Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
I just had to have faith for now . . . for this moment . . . could I do that? Yep! I had to get great at living in the moment called NOW . . . being grateful for this moment.
Don’t Try Walk the Journey Alone
I can be a fairly independent person. I am not one to quickly admit I need help, so I understand women who want to handle their journey on their own. Only, this is not the best way to navigate a health challenge. We are designed to do life with people. We are created for relationship . . . and this becomes more evident in the middle of a hard time.
My strongest moments were when I was with others.
- When my friend Bobbie came to stay with me at a hospital for a few days. She made me laugh, and when I doubted, she reminded me of my calling and purpose.
- Philip read the Bible with me . . . reminding me of the truth of God’s word.
- So many friends went to doctor’s visits with me and brought meals for my family.
Ecclesiastes 4:9 tells us that two are better than one . . . and that is definitely what I found out. So make sure you are letting others in. It really is ok to ask for help!
And for those of you who are not dealing with cancer, I am sure you know someone who is. Make sure you are encouraging them. Offer to bring a meal. Or go to an appointment with them. Or watch their children for a few hours. I promise you that your help will really be appreciated!
And if you are really feeling brave . . . wear PINK!