Almost every day I’m asked, “ How did you do it?” How did you get through such a devastating cancer diagnosis? The honest answer to that question is… I have a strong faith in God and that gave me hope. Does that mean that I was never sad or am never sad? Oh, no! I have moments even now when I think of a recurrence of cancer and I have moments when I get scared because I’m human.
I kept this calendar on my desk at work to remind me that I was not alone. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born, I set you apart.” Jeremiah 1:5 gave me hope each day. I knew God had a purpose for my life. I could not feel it every day but I knew it. I read Jeremiah 1:5 every day and sometimes multiple times a day.
I don’t remember where I got the courage rock but I know that during the day I would pick it up and I would thank God for courage and hope.
I draw strength from these verses:
“…and even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” Matthew 10:30 (NIV) Even through chemotherapy, losing my hair and my hair growing back, God still knows how many hairs are on my head and he cares that much about me. He cares that much about you, too.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (MSG) Jeremiah 29:11 became my life verse because I needed a miracle and my hope was truly in the Lord.
***I write about my thoughts, my hopes, my soul, my highs, my lows and everything in between. I share my journey through breast cancer and invite you to read my story in Keeping It Real.