Breast Cancer: Now What? Women of all ages fear the dreaded words, “I think you need a biopsy for breast cancer.”
I am not the poster child for annual mammograms. Before November of 2017, my last one was about ten or more years ago. (I don’t even remember when it was!)
When my doctor found a lump in my left breast during a routine pre-Medicare physical, we both agreed I needed one.
THE PEAKS AND VALLEYS OF BREAST CANCER
Breast cancer is different for each woman who is diagnosed. I can only speak for myself in saying that there are initially many more valleys than peaks.
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We may ask:
- Why me?
- What is breast cancer?
- How did I get cancer?
- Am I going to die?
- What happens next?
After the biopsies (which are NO picnic) and diagnosis, we ask:
- Do I need to be in a hurry?
- What treatments are available?
- Do I have choices?
- Which treatments are right for me?
- How do I prepare for surgery?
- What treatments are right for me post-surgery?
- What will recovery involve and for how long?
- How can I keep it from recurring?
The lingo the physicians throw at us requires another college degree to understand what they are talking about! This adds to our mental stress.
Then the questions arise:
- How will this affect my relationship with those I love?
- What lifestyle changes will be necessary?
- How do I keep a positive attitude?
- Won’t the stress play havoc with my emotions and affect my healing?
- How much pain will I be in and for how long?
- Will the treatments make me sick?
- Will I lose my hair?
- Do I want reconstruction?
Spiritual valleys creep in even if we have a deep-rooted faith.
- Am I being punished?
- Did God “zap” me with this disease?
- I am scared. Can God help me?
- Will God heal me?
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PEAKS IN THE BREAST CANCER JOURNEY
Fortunately, there are also PEAKS in this journey! There are many more I will be writing about in upcoming posts…
I wrote this journal entry after having multiple biopsies, ultrasounds, and MRI. Then came the needle biopsy, which was not as painful as the mammograms had been. After I got the call from the surgeon that I had cancer, I wrote this journal entry…
“This morning when I awoke, I was thinking about peaks and valleys. Since I am working on a logo with mountains and sun (hope) behind it for my website, I want to write about the peaks and valleys of surviving breast cancer. I am going to begin blogging about the steps you go through…emotions, decisions to make, physical pain challenges, spiritual challenges, family challenges, etc.
Then I read the Our Daily Bread devotional about The Great Physician (to read the article, click on the link at the end of this post).
I was reminded that striving for spiritual well-being could be much more crucial than physical healing because physical pain is temporary and spiritual healing is eternal.
The prayer in that day’s devotional really rang home.
“Father in heaven, it’s so hard to see beyond our pain. Please let us sense Your mercy in this moment.Lift our eyes beyond ourselves. Let us find a new vision and source of health in the care of Christ, who heals.” –OurDailyBread
My journey has included double mastectomies, decisions about treatments, love and support from family and friends, and radical changes in diet and lifestyle. As of August 2018, I am cancer FREE!
In this blog series, I will share honestly and openly what I have experienced, what I have learned, and specific changes you can make in your lifestyle to prevent or heal cancer. Yes, cancer can be cured…
Watch this documentary: https://cancercanbekilled.com/
Go to ChrisBeatCancer: https://www.chrisbeatcancer.com/
My intentions are not to convince you what to do, only to give you information and inspiration to make choices, live every day striving to deepen your faith, and find complete healing and wellness.
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How are you celebrating July 4? As we join family and friends to honor our country and the process that made us free, ask yourself…
Where is My Safe Place?
Is it a cozy, comfortable chair? How about under your favorite tree?
Our Forefathers and their families shed blood, sweat, and tears to make sure our United States of America was free from Great Britain’s rule. They formed the thirteen colonies and paved the way for our government to be “by the people” and “for the people.”
Today our country’s government officials and citizens are at odds on several issues. The news media loves to focus on those differences and make us feel that our Constitution and Declaration of Independence are being ignored.
Is the state of the Union our sole source of feeling safe and secure?
As we celebrate our country, our families, and our freedom, can we remember where our refuge comes from?
Where Does Our Refuge Come From?
Psalms 46:1 assures us:
God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Refuge can be defined as a condition of being safe or sheltered from pursuit, danger, or trouble.
- God is our safe place
- God shelters us from danger and trouble through His strength
- God is ALWAYS present
What Does Having God as Our Refuge Do for Us?
The answers are in Psalm 46:2-10.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
5 God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
7 The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
8 Come and see what the Lord has done,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease
to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
- Shifts our focus away from the world’s problems knowing that God is in control (v.6)
- Assures us that no matter how chaotic things get, we can find quietness and strength in our Father’s love (v.10)
Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me,
for in you I take refuge.
I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings
until the disaster has passed. Psalms 57:1
On July 4th as we celebrate freedom and patriotism, let us also give praise for…
God is our refuge…safe, secure, loving, forgiving, ever-present, and just
How will you spend your July 4th? What are you thankful for?
Leave your comments below:)
Today is Cancer Survivors Day!
June 3rd is National Cancer Survivors Day. It was created to honor all who have fought the cancer dragon and WON, and to give hope to those currently fighting this disease.
There are around 14.5 million people in the U.S. who have beat cancer or are currently fighting the battle. Every year 450 men and women out of 100,000 are diagnosed with some form of cancer, and 171 die from it (per 100k).
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death in women. One out of eight women in the U.S. could develop invasive breast cancer.
If you haven’t been personally affected by cancer, I bet you know friends or family members who have been.
My Experience With Cancer
😥 I am ashamed to admit it, but before I heard, “You need a biopsy. This could be breast cancer”…
🙂 I had compassion for so many I have known (friends and relatives).
😕 I offered to pray for them, but after a few days, I forgot to lift them up.
🙂 Perhaps I would visit them, listen, and pray with them.
😥 I did NOT take them meals after surgery or when they were ill from treatments.
😥 I did NOT send cards or notes to let them know I cared.
Now that I have had breast cancer and mastectomies, I KNOW exactly how to comfort those who get this life-changing diagnosis!
I wrote this poem to express my feelings after I heard the scary and life-changing words, “You have breast cancer…”
It is dedicated to my friends (Lisa McDaniel) and relatives (my dad and aunt) who have died from cancer and my survivor friends (I won’t list them…I might leave out someone’s name).
Hearing the News
Hearing the news
Calls not made
Prayers not prayed
Cards not sent
Time not spent
Letting you know
You won’t fly solo
Through your disease
And its horrors, Oh please
Forgive me, I pray
For looking away!
To not let you know
I love you so!
–Karyn Almendarez, January 2018
How Do We Celebrate and Honor Cancer Warriors?
- Remember those who have fought and lost and what they mean to you
- Call a cancer warrior/survivor today and tell them you care
- Send an encouragement card
- Start a written or digital prayer list and pray for one person each day
- Take dinner to a cancer victim
**Here is an excellent resource for anyone diagnosed with breast cancer!
As always, the best resource is God’s Word!
22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:22-23 New International Version (NIV)
PLEASE share this post with anyone you know who has cancer or is a cancer survivor!
Until next time… Blessings and Health!