On September 11th of this year, a date that we all recognize as a date of national tragedy in our great country, I experienced my own personal tragedy with the words " You have breast cancer in both breasts." Thinking back, I can only recall being numb and literally breathless. Although those words were strangling, the Lord had prepared me a few weeks prior by whispering the scripture "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you: And through the rivers, they shall NOT overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall NOT be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you." -Isaiah 43:2, therefore sharing my story is not to receive pity, but to give God praise!
To add injury to this already gripping diagnosis, my mother, Mom Scales, was in the hospital battling diabetes. We were informed the very next week that she needed to have her left leg amputated. Again, there are NO words to describe feeling as if I was being strangled. The Lord brought her through a successful surgery, yet for us only to receive more strangling news within days that the cancer had spread to my liver and my lungs. "You're stage IV aggressive." Those facts made me speechless but today I only speak the truth. I SHALL NOT DIE, BUT LIVE, AND DECLARE THE WORKS OF THE LORD." -Psalm 118:17. "BY HIS STRIPES, I AM HEALED." -1 Peter 2:24
Well...this quickly lead us to Scottsdale, Arizona where I am now receiving treatment at Envita Medical Center.
Right after receiving the diagnosis, I went home. At this point I honestly did not know if I wanted to live and take the journey. I replayed my life in my mind and realized that for over 30 years, I had played, taught, and sang THE WORD OF GOD through the ministry of music and if I could not trust God now, then my life would basically be a lie. I stood up, declared my healing then talked to God. I told Him that I would not die, but that I also did not believe in conventional chemo. I told Him that my confidence was in Him as my healer, and that I wanted to go to Envita Medical Center. Why? I personally knew several Primerica business partners who were each cancer survivors after a few months of receiving treatment. My spirit leaped when I thought of going there and it shut down at the thought of the conventional route. I then told the Lord "I don't have six figures to go, BUT LORD YOU DO. I knew that God could provide for me every step of the way and I then began my journey.
There are major players in my life who will be acknowledged in my next post but to EACH of you who have called, texted, prayed, cried, helped with an act of kindness, and have given generously of your resources.... Thank you! Everything has helped me thus far on my journey to crossing the finish line. God trusts me to take the journey so I live daily to represent His name well. Thank YOU for believing with me....God bless.