I had a port placement procedure yesterday and first I must say, “OUCH!!” But more importantly I must also say “thank you!” I have so much to be thankful for: My son who took the time to drive me to the appointment and help me get settled in at home afterwards, the doctors and nurses who carefully performed the procedure, anesthesia which enabled me to rest comfortably while the medical team did their job, the researchers who designed the port which will allow for easier chemo transfusions, the many cancer patients who came before me and took part in clinical trials, and just so much more.

All throughout the last month since I was first diagnosed with breast cancer, I have thought about the people who share my diagnosis but not my many blessings. What do homeless people do when they get cancer? I am so incredibly blessed and thankful to have health insurance, to have a bathtub and clean water, a warm bed and pillow, food in my kitchen, family and friends praying for me, and above all else the hope of Christ in my soul.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.”1 Peter 1:3-4

Cancer is just one thing in my life, but I have so many other things to be thankful for.

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs of the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.”

Colossians 3:15-16


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Michael Oehler
    May 23, 2012 @ 06:18:45

    Erin –

    Beautiful thoughts…thank you for sharing your experience. We are inspired by your strength and positive attitude. You are in our thoughts and prayers daily. If anyone can overcome this challenge, with God and our Savior by your side, you can and will. We love you.

    – Mike, Jena and the boys


  2. Kim Fredrickson
    May 23, 2012 @ 18:13:32


    What a blessing and a gift this blog is. I praise God that He is so strong and present with you and in you during this time. I feel God’s care and strength for you, and your testimony gives me and so many others a REAL taste of God with us in life’s unexpected trials. I am praying for you each day.

    Love, Kim


  3. Lisa Dunne
    May 27, 2012 @ 14:51:38

    Erin, thank you for sharing the beauty of your soul in these public posts. Like the echo of Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts, your writing unearths the pearls of gratitude in the soil of suffering. Thank you for reminding us of God’s faithfulness and mercy in the midst of a fallen (but beautiful!) world. You are appreciated, admired, and wrapped in prayer. Much love, Lisa


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