Merry Sumer

First post: Aug 25, 2022 Latest post: Aug 27, 2023
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We all have a story to tell and for me my story is so full of goodness and joy. I am 52 years old and I have so many blessings to be thankful for. I have two wonderful parents who are still living and are located just a few blocks from my home. I am married to my best friend and we have three amazing kids who have just now placed us in the “empty nest” phase of life. A few years back I found my “favorite second career” job doing what I love and finding co-workers and clients I love just as much. I am a nearly 40 year cancer survivor having been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Disease when I was 13 years old. I live in a small town where the meaning of “close knit community” is seen and felt nearly every day. Now I also add to my story that I am on a journey of surviving breast cancer.

There was a little shock when I first saw the words on the medical app test results page. But it wasn’t completely unexpected. I didn’t exactly want this situation but I was determined to stay in control how I reacted to the diagnosis of breast cancer. I decided I needed to focus and direct my time and energy to gain control of my health. I have to slow down and focus on the trial set before me. I need to put my time and attention where God wants it most and that it is on Him. I know that this journey will not be easy but with God it is possible. It has been less than two months since this all began but I am humbled and grateful for all the love shown to me and my family. Each card, text, and call has uplifted my spirits. The food/meals has been a blessing to me and my family. The visiting times and conversations shared with friends and family has encouraged me to push hard and press on when difficult news comes my way. Of course, the numerous prayers being said are the most inspiring and healing of all. God’s hand has clearly been evident in various ways and that has brought so much joy! My hope and prayer is that many will see God’s glory through my story.

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