Life doesn't always go the way we want it to. While we may want to control as many aspects of our lives as possible, ultimately we have to come to the realization that we aren't in control. On September 1, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer. The diagnosis came as a stunning shock after a summer with a nagging cough that would not go away. Although the medical journey in this disease is challenging at best, my hope and strength are strongly anchored in the reality of God's love for me and his plan and purpose for my life.