I was uptight and out of sight at work today (STRESS!) and got this email from an AMAZING friend who gave me permission to share her update on her journey with cancer! Her gratitude is amazing! A grateful heart is a full heart! A heart full of hope, promise, and joy!
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.
So, I just had to post it so we can pray for her, consider seeing her debut on television, AND can you hear the biggest trust and faith journey about the second half of life! I would so love to sit and have a cup of tea with her to hear the intimate details of what God is showing her. What an intimate God we have–He desires us. NOTHING SEPARATES US FROM HIS LOVE! NOTHING!
Rom 8:35-39 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” 37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Gratitude, Gratitude Gratitude! I am filled with gratitude for how well this chemotherapy adventure has gone so far and with hopes and dreams for this new year. On February 4, I will have the last infusion in the series of six which began in October. With your love and support, I have experienced very few complications and I feel so grateful. I will continue to have one infusion for the aggressive factor in the cancer until mid-September, but that drug does not have the same side effects as the ones I finish on Monday. My sister-in-law took a Bald Barnes Children picture of the four of us for Christmas, but we let my sister, Abigail, keep her hair! I have ridden Majic ( horse) three or four times a week until the weather became so cold last week, and I have ridden the day after chemotherapy every time. I am also so grateful for all I have learned about myself and about life in this process. Trust me, change, growth and learning do not stop in the second half of life! I am “sticking with the winners” and staying out of the stressful places. An interesting thing happened last week. I went to the Massey Cancer Center for an interview related to a study in which I am participating. I thought the interview was for graduate students. Well, it was actually with a reporter from the local CBS affiliate, and it will be on TV (Channel 6) at 5:00 PM on Monday, February 4 – the day I finish this round of chemotherapy! No, I didn’t wear the wig, so I hope the top of my head was not shiny!
Lots of love and gratitude to all of you, Cindy