"Healing through faith" is a state of being that you must strive for throughout your existence. The concept of it is to identify your wound, uncover it, provide the proper treatment, forgive, and move on.

 

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The pain is there. At times, it feels as though nothing else matters. How do you move pass your pain to desire a more fulfilling life? The answer lies behind your faith. Do you have enough faith to believe that God has better things in store for you? Do you understand the magnitude of His love for you? If you have any inclining as to how much He loves you, you can embrace that love and push forward. Pushing forward is what helps to get you through the heartache. God's promise is to give you peace and joy. Your faith in God helps you get to the joy that He promises you.

 

Day 140-2/26/19

I’m still celebrating the news from yesterday. This has been an amazing journey. Through the ups and downs of my emotions, God has shown up through every step to confirm himself to me. When my faith wavers—even a little bit—He reminds me of whose I am—HIS! Through all of my celebration though, I am feeling the side-effects of yesterday’s shot harder than I have in the past. The pains are there stronger, and the fatigue is stronger also. After the smallest amount of activity, I’m finding myself completely worn out. As this is the last session of everything related to chemo, I’m excited to see everything return to “normal”. While I’m still not sure of how my new normal will look, I have confid

Day 139 - 2/25/19

I have an appointment today to have my labs drawn. I’m preparing myself for the inevitable shot that comes with these labs because of my white-blood counts being low. I’ve already been forewarned that I will probably have to get the shot today because of the surgery coming up soon. We don’t want any delays because of the low counts. On my way to the appointment, I get the phone call with the results of my MRI. In my breast, there is NO TRACEABLE CANCER. YESSSSSSS!!!! The chemo treatment was effective in killing off all of the cancer in my breast and lymph nodes. Elation is an understatement! While the sternum area is still in the back of my mind, I’m celebrating this victory! God is SO GOOD!

Day 136 - 2/22/19

Another day of feeling fatigue. I’ve slept most of the day, but I’ve also noticed that the pain waves have not begun. It could be my imagination…. Or my knowledge of this being my last round of chemo side-effects… but this “Day 4” doesn’t feel as bad as my other “Day 4’s”. Maybe it will hit me a little later, but for now, I’m not having any pain waves. The fatigue does seem more intense, so I’m welcoming the sleep cycles. I am ever so grateful that this is the last cycle of feeling like this, though. As much as I loved sleep before, I can honestly say that I’m tired of sleeping. :) …. Later in the evening, the pain waves begin. I was beginning to think…. And hope…. That they weren’t going to

Day 135 - 2/21/19

I have an MRI scheduled for today. I wasn’t sure if the way that I felt about my 1st MRI was because I didn’t know what to expect, but after my appointment today, I can honestly now say that I don’t like MRI’s. I’m sure that no one truly “likes” them, but I believe I have a distinct dislike for them that makes me want to avoid, at all costs, going forward. I’m sure I can’t get away from ever having them again, but I’d like to just go on record of saying that I don’t like them. :) Despite my disdain for the procedure, I am eagerly awaiting the results. The results will confirm the treatment for the next steps, as well as, give my oncologist a better insight as to what’s going on with the canc

Day 133 - 2/19/19

Day 1 after the last chemo treatment :) The excitement is still there… The side-effects haven’t begun yet, but knowing this is the last time for this cycle is amazing! As crazy as it sounds, I’m actually looking forward to the side-effects beginning. This is because I know that this will be the last time I have to go through this side-effect cycle. Aside from my eagerness, I begin my regimen… steroids… nausea medication… fluids… rest… Although I rest for the majority of the day, the celebration continues in my mind. This has been quite a journey for me. I have learned so much about cancer, my body, the people around me... and myself. I refuse to look at any of this in a negative point of vie

Day 132 - 2/18/19

Chemo session 6 of 6!!!!! Celebration for this major milestone!!! Since I didn’t get the shot to increase my white blood count during my last chemo cycle, I was a little concerned about my counts being too low. I am happy to say that they were actually better today than they have been previously. Today my counts are 7.3--the threshold is 4.8 - 10.8. Yayyyyy!!! No delay in getting my final round of chemo! :) Today I met with my oncologist’s PA before chemo. She stated that the remainder of the treatment plan will be finalized once the results of the MRI are received. Based on all of the good reports, she gave us an outline of how the treatment plan can unfold: 1) I start the immunotherapy dru

Day 131 - 2/17/19

Preparing for final chemo tomorrow…. Yayyyyyyy!!!!.... This has been quite a journey for me. It’s very surreal that the hardest part will soon be over. The hardest part on my body—that is. The journey itself is not ending quite yet. I will have to establish my new “norm”—which is actually a good thing. It may seem crazy, but I’m excitedly looking forward to this. Once I have energy to do things again, I plan to make the most of my time. I want to make sure that I am enjoying my life and appreciating all that I have and can enjoy. It’s said that it takes something like this to make us realize how blessed we are… But I’m grateful that I’ve gotten the wake-up call. Life is so precious… and valu

Day 125 - 2/11/19

Today I have an appointment to check my white blood count. This is a week later than the previous appointments, so I'm curious about the results. Seeing as how this is exactly 1 week later, I'm wondering if my counts will increase on it't own, and if this was the intention of my doctor. As I awaited the results, I almost dreaded having to get the shot--it's pretty painful. The results came back only slightly lower than the normal count--previously it was VERY low, compared to where it should be. The threshold for the counts is 4.8 - 10.8. When tested at 1 week after chemo, my count has been 1.8. This time, which is 2 weeks after chemo, my count is 3.6. Since it's going in the right direction

Day 116 - 2/2/19

Since I began this battle 116 days ago, I’ve noticed that I’ve become extremely sensitive to the news that another fighter has gained their wings. Yesterday, I found out that someone else has earned their honor in heaven. I am saddened by this news, but I am also celebrating their journey. Before I began my own journey, I could not have imagined what any of this felt like… Getting the diagnosis… Facing the thought of my own mortality… Fighting the fear… and…. Finding my faith in God… And I’ve learned that everyone’s journey and purpose is different. It is important for each fighter to make their own peace with the diagnosis. None of us asks for this diagnosis. And regardless of how much the

Day 115 - 2/1/19

This morning I have a lot of tingling in my hands and feet. When I wake up like this, I lay in the bed and stretch my fingers and toes, in an attempt to loosen them up and ease some of the tingling. I also woke up with some pain this morning, so, this is my indication that I am on the down spiral of side-effects. As usual, I am prolonging taking any medication, but I will take something once the pain becomes very uncomfortable. For the better part of the morning, I am in and out of consciousness. Sleep is coming in waves, and I am finding some comfort in it. I still have a little nausea, so I’m still taking that medication, as a precaution. As usual, the hardest part of this type of day is m

 

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