Labels lie! Yet for many of us we believe them. There is power in our words. Some of us wear the labels like a badge of honor and others find their identity in them. It’s not healthy or right. Some labels we put on ourselves and others are given to us by others. I will not allow this cancer to define me. Everyday I will make a conscience decision to remind myself who I am and who I belong to. I am sure some days will be good and others will be difficult, but I know there is a bigger picture. I don’t know what that bigger picture looks like but at least I know the One who does. I trust Him because He is good.
One of my most favourite burgers of all time is the White Spot Bacon Cheddar Burger. It is so messy and delicious. It isn’t a burger I eat on a weekly or even monthly basis but it is one of my favs. When I found out about my cancer, I knew I needed to make some serious lifestyle changes. My eating habits especially. Well, the other night I decided to get the Bacon Cheddar Burger one last time. It was good, but not memorable. I need help with discipline. Food is a weakness for me but I know I need to make serious changes to do my part in fighting this. One of the changes I have made is listening to my wife more. Jamie has introduced a lot of ‘juices’ into my diet. Some I have enjoyed and others that are just putrid! Oh well, this is just one of the many changes I will be making in the days ahead to improve my overall health.
What lifestyle changes do you need to make?
Always remember – no matter what, He is still good!
I had my MRI today. It was the first one of my life. I was a little nervous at first as I didn’t know what to expect. The big round tube they stick you in isn’t that big and during the MRI it is quite loud. It took about 30 minutes and now I have to wait for the results. A MRI ( Magnetic Resonance Imaging )is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. MRI uses a powerful magnetic field, radio frequency pulses and a computer to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures. My doctor ordered one to see if the tumor in my colon has spread or if it is isolated. I feel God’s peace and favor through this journey especially because I am told my MRI happened quite quickly.
My family and I feel very supported at this time. Many people have called, texted, or have sent encouraging messages which mean a lot to us. We continue to pray for healing and that whatever happens during this journey, God would be glorified. I was thinking yesterday about the past few months I had been preaching at church about how those who have placed their faith and trust in Jesus Christ have been bought. The life you now lead is not your own, you have been purchased by Christ. It encouraged me to think about that and remind myself and God that I have been bought. He owns me. It makes me feel a lot better knowing He is in control rather than me. No matter what happens, He is still good!
For those who are wondering, the cancer I have been diagnosed with is colon cancer. FYI. Thanks for all your comments, prayers and words of encouragement. It means a lot!
I woke up today well rested and quite hopeful. There are still so many unanswered questions about what will happen but today I have peace. The kids don’t really understand what is happening. We sat them down yesterday and did our best explaining what is going on with me. I think Nola understands a little but the boys are oblivious. My diagnosis seems to hit Jamie in waves. She feels things on such a deep level but she remains hopeful. I think she has more faith than I do. Monday I have an MRI and hopefully will meet with my cancer specialist sometime early next week. When I think about the future there are mixed feelings. It can be overwhelming at times thinking about all the changes that are going to happen to our everyday lives yet we continue to declare over our situation that God is good.
Never did I think I would utter those three words. I lost my biological mother to lung cancer last year and my mother died 8 years ago of non Hodgkin’s lymphoma. I know way too many stories of people who have lost a loved one to cancer. Even as I write this I cannot help but think this is all a dream. I can’t have cancer. I am a healthy, 39 year old male. Sure, I don’t always eat the way I should, but never in a million years did I think cancer would affect me personally. I have a thousand questions racing through my mind and I am scared. I don’t know what is going to happen but I am going to remain positive through this journey. I know my family and I are not alone and we are grateful for all the support we have. We choose to trust Him through this process and know that no matter what, He is good!
This page is to capture the journey my family and I are about to embark upon. I invite you to join us. Please feel free to leave your comments in the posts below. Also, send me your prayer requests. There are many people in our corner helping us and praying for us and I want to do the same for others. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org