Faith. Complete trust or confidence in someone or something. When I received a cancer diagnosis on my 40th birthday—July 11, 2017—my faith in God convinced me that my cancer would be a blessing. I was shocked. I had no family history. I knew I had a challenging road ahead of me, but I also knew God was alongside me for the journey. I decided I would be the happy warrior. I wanted my son to see my strength and to keep his life as normal as possible. Every day became much more meaningful.
Now, seven months later, I’ve completed 12 rounds of chemotherapy, multiple surgeries, CT scans, and countless lab tests. I’ve also enjoyed many experiences with my family, friends, and colleagues. From Christmas caroling to bowling to art exhibits to movies to business meetings to laughing fits and beyond, I remember every second of the past seven months with faithfulness.
On January 26, 2018, my oncologist called to tell me that my scans were clear and I was cancer free. I still have a road to recovery and must get tested every few months to ensure the cancer hasn’t spread or returned, but my cancer has been a blessing, indeed. My love for my family further intensified. My marriage became even sweeter. My friendships grew stronger. My appreciation for my health was restored. God blessed me with life on July 11, and he used cancer to remind me how sweet life is on that same day 40 years later.
Appointed readings for today: Isaiah 52:13-53:12, Psalm 22, John 18:1-19:42