Friday, December 7, 2012

Facing the Fire of Breast Cancer

During this year, many of my friends have gone through treatment for breast cancer and survived. One of those friends is a male. This disease is not gender-specific, and it kills men and women. Early detection is the key.

Yesterday I received a note from the Women's Health Center to remind me to schedule my annual mammogram. Last year at this time, my mammogram came back suspicious and as a result I went through a stereotactic core biopsy. The hardest part was thinking I might have breast cancer. The easy part was turning it over to God. I knew whatever happened would be according to His will and that I was in His hands.

The original screening happened on December 6. At that time I was told another mammogram would need to be done--one that would give a clearer look at something suspicious. I was lucky and the second one was scheduled for the 8th. The radiologist would look at it afterward and talk to me. During this time, I did a lot of praying, and God lifted the concern from my shoulders. I walked with him closely during the next couple of days. When the radiologist showed me the spots in my breast she explained how the only way to determine if these were malignant was to do the biopsy.

Another time of waiting, but again God sent Jesus to hold me close and let me know He was with me. An opening appeared on the schedule and I was scheduled for a biopsy on the 13th. Do you see how He orchestrated the waiting time to be so minimal?

The morning of the biopsy, I waited prayerfully, not knowing exactly what to expect, although the procedure had been explained. The nurses were so kind and caring and believe me, Jesus was right there in the room with me, too.

The biopsy came back benign. I now have a little metal fleck in my left breast to mark the biopsied spot. Talk about a gift that cannot be bought!

I realize this is not my normal type of devotion, but I wanted to share it with all of you. Breast cancer touches so many people in so many ways. I doubt there is anyone reading this who hasn't had a friend, loved one or even themselves go through something similar. Maybe even taken further into the fire with a diagnosis of malignancy.

May the God of love and mercy grant you the peace of knowing you never walk alone through any fire. Whenever we are faced with a fiery trial there are three different scenarios:

  1. We can be delivered from the fire as I was.
  2. We can be delivered through the fire as are those who go through treatments and become survivors.
  3. We can be delivered by the fire. Then we'll join our Father in heaven in our forever home.
If we are true believers in Jesus Christ, no fiery trial can have a bad ending. Amen!

Daniel 3: 26--27 "Nebuchadnezzar then approached the opening of the blazing furnace and shouted, 'Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!' So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire, and the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers crowded around them. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them."


Caroline said...

Carol Ann, you do the devotions so well. This one particularly spoke to me. Thanks so much!

Tanya Hanson said...

Three years ago, I lost three friends to breast cancer within three weeks. Our dear family friend, aged 33, just died from brain cancer after a four-year fight. My husband is an almost five-year survivor of a very aggressive testicular cancer. I appreciate your words and reminders today and rejoice that you're okay. When cancer comes to live with you, even as the caretaker, is never completely goes away...

Unknown said...

Two of my sisters had breast cancer. One had a mastectomy and the other had a double mastectomy.God has been good to us.

Carol Ann said...

Thank you, Caroline. May your life be filled with God's blessings.

Carol Ann said...

Tanya, I'm sorry you had problems leaving a comment today. I've been praying for you and your husband. So sorry that you've had to say goodbye to loved ones due to cancer. May God continue to uplift you and give you strength.

Carol Ann said...

Sharon, I'm happy to hear your sisters are survivors. Giving praise for God's mercy and healing hand! May you and yours continue to be blessed greatly.