I'm just now seeing the last few posts to this thread. Thanks for sharing your stories & the blessings and lessons of cancer. I have been so blessed by the Tony Snow article that I've read it at least 3 x's and made my DH reads and am going to send it to a friend today. Indeed, cancer brings its blessings...as all suffering is meant to do. One of mine is just being thankful that the Lord is in control of the minutest details of our lives. The situation that led up to my cancer discovery, even where I was was a blessing. I can't imagine having gone thru the chemo w/ its sensitivity-to-cold side effect here in our cold city(even inside the house!)in Brazil. Also, the realization that there were SOOOO many people praying for me...was overwhelming. But He knew that they would be praying for me and so...."before they call I will answer" is the verse that's come to mind many times. I can't thank Him enough!
Only fear the Lord and serve Him in truth with all your heart, for consider what great things He has done for you. (I Samuel 12:24)
From 2002-2004 I had lots of female problems, needing a D&C in my own jungle hospital. I was put on progesterone, etc to prevent uterine cancer. In 2004 I went to the States and got to see a GYN and have an ultrasound. Because of a fibroid, I had a hysterectomy. Both ovaries were removed because at the time I was 55 years old. In younger women one of the ovaries is often left inside. Well, the left ovary had a 1cm cancer inside! It was found "incidentally". Like "oh, by the way, your ovary had cancer inside". I was so THANKFUL that my cancer was found in Stage I and that I needed no further treatment. It was a very rare cancer, thecoma-granulosa composite tumor. These tumors produce Estrogen, which had caused me the problems I had been having the two previous years.
How God BLESSED me by having doctors find my cancer. It was not found "incidentally". God meant it to be found!! Praise HIM!
I am a nurse and have learned a lot since then about cancer through reading and through meeting others who have it. I was also able to support my brother through kidney cancer last year. He knew that I had also "been there, done that"!
"Not Perfection but Progress" in my lifestyle changes.
Thanks for sharing this article. It might be interesting to share our own unexpected blessings here, as well. For example, I have been constantly surprised by the gratitude I have been experiencing as a side-effect (sure, I have anger and frustration and sadness, too, but gratitude was more prevalent than I expected). The night before my surgery, I also learned the lesson of vulnerability, which has been both unexpected and valuable to me. What about you?
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Commentator and broadcaster Tony Snow passed away from cancer a few days ago. Here is a link to an article written by him and published in the July 2007 issue of "Christianity Today". The article is called, "Cancer's Unexpected Blessings".
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