Hurdles on the Horizon

I have really enjoyed these last few weeks since finishing chemo. I am feeling stronger; I no longer have a headache; I am not such a frequent visitor to the oncology office—Ah, the good life! Yet looming on the horizon is my next hurdle in the cancer fight. I will undergo surgery on Monday and the anxiety is beginning to creep in. I feel confident in my decision. I have great assurance in my surgical team. I have a wonderful support network of family and friends to help me. But since the only surgery I have ever had was when I had my wisdom teeth removed at age 22, a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction seems like a much scarier endeavor!

But I will trust in my God and his protection over me. He has shown himself faithful throughout this cancer journey and I know he will continue to carry me as I enter this next phase. 1 john 4:18 says, Perfect love casts out fear, so I will choose to focus on God’s perfect love for me and not let fear get its grip on me in the days before surgery.

…I saw the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest in hope. Acts 2:25-26

Hurdles aren’t the only thing I see on the horizon—I also see hope.

hope on the horizon


61 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. miltonia10
    Oct 13, 2012 @ 15:58:05

    I will be thinking of you. Be strong – everything will turn out right.


  2. Rhonda
    Oct 13, 2012 @ 16:03:03

    Will be praying. I don’t believe God expects us to be fearless but calls us to be faithful and I know you have been that for sure.


  3. K-czuk
    Oct 13, 2012 @ 16:06:07

    I will be praying for you Erin.


  4. Leela Turnage
    Oct 13, 2012 @ 16:09:49

    Our sweet Papi – be with Erin now!


  5. Judi
    Oct 13, 2012 @ 16:23:41

    God has been with you so far…He never changes…so He continues at your side. My prayers are with you, as well. Remember, “Fear keeps a life small” so fearlessly go forward on this journey, holding His hand in perfect trust and faith.


    • erinambrose
      Oct 15, 2012 @ 00:45:31

      Judi, You are right. God has been faithfully carrying me each step and I know He will continue to hold me in this phase as well. Thank you for your prayers!!


  6. Carol York
    Oct 13, 2012 @ 16:47:58


    My LOVE, prayers, and thoughts will be with you as you take this final journey! You are AMAZING!

    Sending much love and many, many warm hugs your way, Carol

    P.S. Janice has completed her reconstruction and is doing very well!


    • erinambrose
      Oct 15, 2012 @ 00:43:39

      Hi Carol,
      Thanks for your love and prayers! I know God is getting me through each step along this path. So good to hear Janice is doing well!! Big hugs to all of you πŸ™‚


  7. David Timms
    Oct 13, 2012 @ 17:05:37

    Grace and peace, my friend. He holds you.


  8. Donna
    Oct 13, 2012 @ 17:51:42

    Praise the Lord you know the truth that focusing on the hopeful horizon causes the hurdles to be more easily overcome. May you continue to experience the peace of Jesus. Your circumstance may intensify, but God’s love and faithfulness never diminishes.


  9. Bev Wiens
    Oct 13, 2012 @ 20:22:26

    Erin, We rest in God’s love for you with you! May His skillful hand guide the surgeons on Monday. May He continue to comfort you as you rest in His arms while you recover. Blessings to you!


  10. Kim Fredrickson
    Oct 13, 2012 @ 22:57:49

    I will be praying for you..I know God will be sustaining you and nurturing you through this process. I will pray for your fear as well…so normal, and will pass as you make it through the process. Love You!


  11. tina ambrose
    Oct 14, 2012 @ 01:02:18

    Erin, we will be praying for you in this coming week. God is the master healer and I trust he will be with you and the doctors. Mo just had a dig for the cure volleyball game and they raise money and awareness for breast cancer, you have been in my thoughts all week. May God give you his great peace. with all our love


    • erinambrose
      Oct 15, 2012 @ 00:37:28

      Hi Tina,
      Thank you so very much for your faithfulness and prayers for me. I am trusting God and know He will carry me through this. Give Mo a big hug for me and tell her thanks for her efforts toward the cause!! I miss you guys πŸ™‚ You will have to plan a trip down to see me and check out our campus.
      Love and hugs, Erin


  12. Wayne Augden
    Oct 14, 2012 @ 01:02:42

    Erin, my prayers are with you.


  13. mybreastcancerstorykimchaffee
    Oct 14, 2012 @ 03:40:16

    I am on the heels of an bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction myself less then 8 months ago. I understand the fear and the call out for protection of Gods hands to look over you during this time in your life. God will lead you by the way, you do not know, along unfamiliar paths, he will guild you, he will turn darkness into light, and make the rough places smooth, these are the things God will do for you, he will not forsaken them. God bless you on your journey….


  14. Jenayu
    Oct 14, 2012 @ 04:09:04

    Such beautiful words of strength and faith and courage. God is going before you to prepare everyone involved in the surgery. He is also preparing your heart. It’s a blessing to now that you have such a great support system, as well. Praying for you as you enter into the next phase of your journey. I will certainly miss you in class, as well, so I will ask for a swift and complete recovery!!

    Lots of love,

    I’m convinced that nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ Jesus our Lord: not death or life, not angels or rulers, not present things or future things, not powers or height or depth, or any other thing that is created. (Romans 8:38, 39 CEB)


    • erinambrose
      Oct 15, 2012 @ 00:32:02

      Hi Jenayu!
      Your words are always so encouraging to me, thank you! I so appreciate your prayers. I will miss seeing you in class but I will be back soon!!!
      Big hugs,


  15. Carol Eckman
    Oct 14, 2012 @ 04:48:40

    Love Cordially


    Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2012 15:54:58 +0000 To:


  16. tfaswift
    Oct 14, 2012 @ 14:27:15

    Oh my goodness, Erin. I will pray for you most earnestly today. Your faith in God is inspiring. Your experience, your unswerving faith, and sharing it with others … I know that you are making a difference in the lives of others, that you are helping them with your strength as an example to everyone. I know many people will be praying your name today and tomorrow. God will hear your name. ~ Tilda


  17. gogirl2012
    Oct 14, 2012 @ 19:02:27

    I will definitely be praying for you and your surgery. In my situation I had a couple surgeries prior to going through treatment and having had surgery treatment still seems scary to me, so if you can handle the chemo and still remain strong you will be just fine with surgery.


  18. Michael Oehler
    Oct 14, 2012 @ 20:26:24

    We think of and pray for you daily. We hope all goes well tomorrow. Your courage and faith continue to inspire us.

    We love you.

    Mike, Jena and the boys


  19. Karen
    Oct 14, 2012 @ 21:33:19

    Praying, praying, praying for you, Erin, and seeing your Hope on the horizon!!


  20. Anna Coyne
    Oct 15, 2012 @ 15:19:49

    Erin, my thoughts and prayers will be with you throughout the day. You have been such a strong example of what a true Christian is. Your love for our Lord and yet such an incredible dependency. The challenges you have face this year have been so hard and yet you have done it with such grace. Sarah and I will continue to pray for your recovery and please let us know what we can do to assist in any way possible. And at any time, day or night.


  21. Mary McFarland
    Oct 15, 2012 @ 17:20:09

    Erin, you are most definitely in our prayers this morning, and they will continue through the healing process! Mary


  22. lifeofaministermom
    Oct 16, 2012 @ 06:48:24

    You are in my prayers Erin, and I’m trusting in our faithful God for great surgical success! He’s the ultimate doctor, and I know we’ll hear of your positive report soon!
    With love in Christ!


  23. Marco Spinola
    Oct 16, 2012 @ 18:37:55

    Im encouraged to see how the lord can give you such a peace and faith in everything that you are going through. Will be praying for you.


  24. Olena
    Oct 17, 2012 @ 04:45:28

    Please, let us know how are you now, Erin! Monday is over… Our hearts are with you.


  25. elysebyrum
    Oct 18, 2012 @ 20:29:48

    I’ve been thinking about you all week, especially today, and am praying that you are feeling God’s presence with you as your body, mind and spirit heal. You are very well-loved and in many prayers. We miss you in our class!
    Love and hugs!


  26. a_seed
    Oct 27, 2012 @ 19:07:04

    How was your surgery and recovery going? Just to let you know that you are in my prayers.


  27. Grace Ho
    Oct 28, 2012 @ 11:33:18

    Hi Erin, Hope the surgery went well, praying for you!


  28. hopeinlearning
    Nov 04, 2012 @ 03:16:38


    You are an amazing Women of God! May God give you a speedy recovery and grace to finish this part of the journey.


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