On November 9, 2016 I received news that no person ever wants to hear: “I am sorry, but it is cancer.” More specifically, breast cancer that had spread to my lymph nodes. The world since then has been a whirlwind of tests, treatment plans, procedures and decisions. My next year will include chemotherapy (starting Monday 11/28), surgery and radiation. I am confident that my Christmas present in 2017 will be the words “You are cancer free”.
As Greg and I have processed this news, a few things have become clear.
1. God is good. All the time. Period. While we do not understand the circumstances we are in, we know that God did not cause them and that He will work all things together for the good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). 2. We will give thanks IN all circumstances. Some days, I definitely do not feel thankful. But on those days, there are so many things I can be thankful for IN the circumstance I find myself. If I focus on the blessings that have so abundantly flowed since my diagnosis, I cannot help but feel loved and uplifted. (1 Thess. 5:18) 3. God will use this chapter for His glory. This journey will bring me into contact with people that I would never normally meet. My prayer is that I would bring Jesus into each relationship, treatment room, and doctor’s office that I visit over the next year. (2 Corinthians 4:6)
Thank you for walking with us and loving us as we start on this journey of beating cancer. Please keep us in your prayers and check back here for frequent prayer updates and news of God’s goodness and faithfulness. Let this story be an encouragement to you of the power and majesty of God’s glory.
God is good. All the time. Period.
Love, hugs and coffee,
Carrie, Greg and the kids
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