Let God Turn Your Mess Into Your Message

Mess…Message…Time

These three words are connected.

For me, it took time for God to turn my mess into my message.

I was 47 years old when I was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma.  How could this be?  I did not have a family history of breast cancer and I nursed both of my daughters.  I did not think this would ever happen to me.  In all reality, it did.

By the time I was diagnosed, the cancer was Stage 3a and Grade III, a very aggressive form of cancer.  The first doctor I saw told me how LUCKY I was that it was breast cancer because I could probably survive at least five years.

Seven and a half years ago,  I could not have predicted that I would host a website and Facebook page to encourage those who are affected by any type of cancer.

Controlling The Cancer, Mess

I reacted by being pro-active and taking control of what I could control: choosing doctors, organizing my appointments, taking notes during appointments and tracking my progress by organizing everything in a notebook. You see, as an educator, I made notebooks for everything. This was no different.  Controlling all of those things made it feel like this cancer that had invaded my body would not control me.

I was determined that cancer, my mess,  would not take over my life. I would not let cancer change my life.

Eventually, I made it through chemotherapy, two surgeries, and radiation.  Either before work or after work, I drove myself to radiation because I could keep my life as normal as possible.

Daily Challenge

Living with a cancer diagnosis is a daily challenge.

It took me at least three-fours years before I could talk to others about my diagnosis and treatment.  During treatment and the year following, I kept all of my feelings inside. Basically, I didn’t want to repeat it over and over. I wanted to surround myself with positive influences and positive words.

This cancer was not welcome in my body and I did not want to build on an extra room for it. I didn’t want it to move in. I just wanted it gone.

For 3 steps I took to live a more positive life, check out Dare To Trust God.

You can read more of my story and how I am keeping it real here.

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