Reflection

I have spent the last month recuperating from surgery and reflecting on life. Seven months ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer and faced a very uncertain future. I started this blog ten days after being diagnosed and I wrote in that first post,

“I do not know what the days ahead will hold for me but I do know my future…I will see God’s goodness displayed through this trial. Romans 8:28 is just as true today as it was 11 days ago.And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him and called according to his purpose.’ My hope and prayer with this blog is to encourage others with God’s grace and mercy as we all face the trials and struggles that compete for our attention. I choose instead to dwell on the good. Philippians 4:8 has been my battle cry, ‘Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent and praiseworthy—think about such things.’ It is not my choice to have breast cancer, but I can choose to walk each day by the love and light of God’s grace and mercy. I can choose to focus on all that is good in my life, to look up instead of down, to smile instead of frown, to sing even through my tears, and to have hope, always have hope.”

Since I wrote that first blog post, I have completed chemotherapy and have experienced such an outpouring of love I can’t even describe it. The nausea and headache are long gone but I hope never to lose the feeling of warmth and affection that enveloped me as so many people reached out to help me.

Last month I had a bilateral mastectomy and began the long process of reconstruction. Once again God showed His love and faithfulness to me through his people—reaching out and pitching in to help me, so much love, so much generosity, so much encouragement after my surgery and over the last seven months. Now I am cancer free!! God’s goodness has certainly been displayed during this season of struggle. “How great is God—beyond our understanding! The number of His years is past finding out.” Job 36:26

I so appreciate the many people who have prayed for me and my healing. My strength is growing with every day and I will give God the glory for His awesome power demonstrated in victory over cancer.  “He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope.”          2 Corinthians 1:10

Photo courtesy of Tainted Canvas.

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13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Donna
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 01:17:35

    Happy Thanksgiving Erin….much to be thankful for indeed! God’s continued grace and strength for your “finishing touches”.

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  2. Kim Fredrickson
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 01:48:58

    Thanks so much for your encouraging post. God has blessed you as you submitted to the direction He was sending you. You have been a blessing to me and so many! I am praising God with you!!!! Woo! Hoo!

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  3. elysebyrum
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 03:18:01

    Your story is so encouraging. Thank you for sharing, Erin. I feel so blessed and hopeful when I read about how God has been faithful in this battle against cancer. Praise God for your VICTORY over cancer! Like Kim said, you are a blessing to me and to so many others. I am honored to know you and learn from you 🙂
    Gentle hugs!

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  4. carol york
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 04:01:45

    Dear Erin,

    I am so glad to hear your wonderful news! Thank you for sharing. Your experience has been an inspiration to me and many others. May you continue to spread God’s love and word. Sending much love and many warm hugs to you and your family, Carol

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  5. thoughtsfromanamericanwoman
    Nov 20, 2012 @ 01:21:15

    I am sure you are beacon of hope to others going through this. Prayers for a speedy recovery and good health.

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  6. CeletaC
    Nov 20, 2012 @ 12:56:08

    Powerful! Powerful! The past few months I have been studying the book of Daniel…yes…months! God’s Word is sooooo incredible! In studying chapter 2 I was reminded we are ALWAYS in a WIN-WIN-WIN situation: our God IS faithful. He will ALWAYS deliver us…either from the fire, through the fire, or by the fire into His loving arms.

    Thank you for your growing testimony!

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  7. Michael Oehler
    Nov 21, 2012 @ 00:33:18

    Erin –

    Great to hear from you again!! You, your faith and courage, continue to be an inspiration to me and my family. Our thoughts and prayers continue with you always.

    Happy Thanksgiving!! Love and hugs from Jena, me and our boys.

    Mike

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  8. lifeofaministermom
    Dec 06, 2012 @ 01:31:52

    Hi Erin!

    You are richly loved by the Lord and all of us! I hope you had a splendid Thanksgiving and I know this Christmas will be wonderful for you and your family!! xoxo

    God bless you!!

    Patricia

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