When you live with stage IV breast cancer, you live with many doctor’s appointments, blood draws, and scans. This week I got my faith stretched as I faced a blood draw on Tuesday, and a doctor’s appointment yesterday. When you have cancer you have an invisible cloud that constantly floats over your head that no one can see. You never know what the outcome of your test results will be, and whether or not the clouds will bring forth a down pour of rain.
As I approached my doctors appointment this week, I was in constant prayer with the Lord. I kept asking that He would replace my fear with peace. Right before the appointment I looked up verses in the Bible on overcoming fear. What the Lord brought to my mind was the same verse our pastor gave to me years ago when I was first diagnosed.
Isaiah 43: 1-2
“But now thus says the Lord, he who created you , O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through the fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.”
A wave of peace washed over me….I could feel His presence with me. What an amazing promise..He will not let us be overcome. Even when we walk through through the fires of life, it’s He who will protect us.
As my husband and I sat in the the doctor’s office the first thing I asked the nurse is what my tumor marker count was. (This is a count that measures proteins in your blood that could be given off by potential cancer cells. Anything 36 and under is normal. The way my cancer has been demonstrating itself, we know that a rise in tumor markers equals a rise in cancer somewhere in my body). As she got to the page that read my test results, she said, “Are you sure you want to know?” “Yes, I want to know.” I said. “Your count is at a 34.” she said.
I couldn’t believe my ears. A 34? Tears started to flow from my eyes, and the nurses eyes as well. I told both her and my husband that before I came to the appointment, I had prayed that my blood would be normal. And it was…….. This does not mean I am out of the woods yet. It is something I will still have to face everyday. But…..things are definitely headed in the right direction. Again and again God is making His presence known to me as I walk this journey. He is there, He is faithful. God is in the business of performing miracles. At my doctor’s appointment He granted me with one of the most beautiful miracles of all.
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