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Elaine’s Story (Breast Cancer)

Elaine's Story (Breast Cancer) LRThe Journey

It was a cold and windy snowy day on the 8th of December,
As I sat in shock, sadness and tears.…I was diagnosed with breast cancer.
I stomped my foot and cried, “God, for this I don’t Have time”.
I am sure He smiled, saying “Just trust me, I am with you o’ child of mine.”

It was a day my life changed in an instant, one I will always remember.
So many thoughts and feelings for me that very cold day in December.
My husband said “just think of all you will have to share when you sing”
As he wrapped his arms around me “We’ll get through this”, he was so comforting.

Things went so fast, saw the surgeon the following week, December 15,
Caught early he said and so many decisions to make and to seek.
With surgery scheduled for December 22, and so much was at stake,
I could not plan the future === Only trust God and His hand I could take.

On this journey, A path I did not chose to walk down, trusting in God
One day at a time for His guidance, strength, and love,
Saying to Him, your will not mine, Dear Father
No matter the outcome……I win … I’m a winner.

The cancer had spread so chemotherapy and radiation were in store,
Not a fun roller coaster ride – that is for sure.
But every treatment means one day closer to being well.
100% healing I believe, for with Him all things are possible!

So many blessings in the valleys along the way, family friends have showered me
With love and cards, calls and meals and so many new friends I am privileged to meet.
On this journey of nine months to new life as I learn to take better care and to graciously receive
All the gifts that God has given me on this very special journey.

On this journey to new life , A path I did not chose to walk down, I trust in God,
One day at a time ……. for His guidance, His strength, and His love.
And my prayer to Him brings peace ….. “Dear Father, “Your will not mine”
“ For no matter the outcome ….. with you …… I win”, and I am yours all the time.

9 months to new life…. Sept 22nd brought good news galore,
For God knew for sure what was in store.
A 3 month checkup since chemo had ceased.
We waited for the test results and I was relieved!

Blood tests showed cancer free.
Such good news and I shouted Yipee!!!
Thank you God for your healing and grace.
I had fought so hard and won the race!

6 month check up showed more of the same,
And I thanked God again and praised his name.
I live for today and trust Him all the same,
For my life is in His hands as I call upon His name.

I continue to trust Him one day at a time,
For He knows all the answers, reasons and rhymes.
My life is in his hands and I trust in His plan,
For He wants me here today — just as I am.

Life is unknown, …… and it is so exciting
To see what God has in store and what the future will be bringing.
One thing I know for sure is this
Only good gifts and plans for me are on HIS list!

Thank you God for your gift of healing and love
Sent by you from heaven above,
Thru doctors and nurses and friends and family.
O dear lord I praise thee! O dear lord I praise thee! O dear Lord I Praise thee!

South Dakota
Submitted 2-26-12

The informational content of this article is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

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  1. Linda A.

    Glad you shared your story.I think having cancer means deciding how to live the rest of your life. glad your doing great, myself going on 3 yrs.

  2. Lisa M.

    God bless you! I am going on 5 years cancer-free and I have my 6 month check up tomorrow. I still get butterflies in the days leading up to my appointment but I trust in Him and I know I am ok!

  3. Tami

    Beautifully expressed, Elaine! I will be 8 years into new life on August 29th and still remember like literally yesterday crying on the shoulder of an angel who’s earthly job was in radiology. Then, I couldn’t imagine today, but here I am… stronger than ever, fighting like a girl! RICHEST blessings to you, my “sister”.

  4. Elizabeth

    Beautiful reminder that God is in control. My roller coaster ride of chemo/surgery/radiation started January 2012 and ended in October 2012. Add lymphedema into that begining of December. By January I was trying to put my life back together, beginning to feel better, getting back to things I enjoyed. Then came the first 3 month check-up. There was something wrong in a blood test, so February 2013 was spent testing – bone scan, MRI, PET scan. Cancer had returned, this time in my spine. Just started radiation again. You know what? God is still in control. I hope this will be it, that I will have a long cancer free life, see my brand-new grandson grow up, and live to see him have siblings and cousins. But no matter what, cancer will not win, because my soul is in God’s hands and cancer can’t touch that.

  5. Angie

    Love your poem. I found myself tearing. Five years.,for me. Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem.

  6. Jeanne M.

    Elaine, you did a very nice job in telling about your journey. I just had to respond as it is so similar to mine, except that my cold winter day was in January. I had my yearly check-up today and results were good. I have now been cancer-free for 16 years! I do thank God for every moment and realize it is in his hands not ours, as you said. Wishing you the very best for a long and healthy future.

  7. Judy McConnehey

    Your words are very encouraging and sound very genuine. I haven’t had cancer, and hope I never, ever do…..I am 62 years old, so I guess I have been lucky. IF the time comes, I hope I can continue to be inspired by your words and attitude.

    God bless you, and I will keep you and all the cancer survivors/patients in my prayers.

    I have SLE (Lupus)………so, please pray for me and all of the Lupus survivors/patients, also!


  8. Carlie

    : oh que je suis d&o;aursqccord avec toi, Charles Handy, quel auteur, quel penseur des organisations. Ma dernière lecture que je te conseille : The Elephant and the Flea

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