Sunday, May 16, 2010

Cancer

Cancer.

I've been consumed by this word lately.

On May 7 a close friend got the news that her mom has breast cancer. I was there when she got the call from her parents. I saw the tears. I felt the pain. I listened to her as she processed.

On May 14 a dear friend got the call that told her the news she never wanted to hear: she has breast cancer.

This week another friend is waiting for the call that will tell her the results of her mammogram last week. Her husband is currently in remission from testicular cancer.

Another friend's husband has been fighting colon cancer since October.

My friend's dad lost his battle with cancer on May 2.

My dad has surgery a couple weeks ago to remove a number of cancerous spots on his skin.

Cancer is everywhere. And I hate it.

Tests. Results. Surgeons. Phone calls. Chemo. Radiation. Fear. Anxiety. Uncertainties.

This past week I received a number of e-mail updates from those fighting cancer and it seems this journey is filled with so many questions: How bad? How much? When? For how long?

There are a lot of questions, and not a lot of answers. The unknowns are overwhelming at times.

As I have been thinking about and praying for my friends, these words from Isaiah 43 keep coming to mind...

When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;

and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.

I am holding tightly to these promises for my friends and loved ones.

I am clinging to the knowledge that He is with them.

I am believing that God is working His good in these ugly situations.

I am trusting that He will bring beauty from the ashes that cancer leaves behind.

1 comment:

JellyBelly said...

Our families have been surrounded by cancer as well. My husband's mother passed away from cancer twenty years ago this past January. His uncle just passed away from cancer. We just found out yesterday that one of his cousins who is pregnant and dealing with cancer a second time, had her husband drop dead (not from cancer, but still pretty sad). My father-in-law just finished radiation for prostate cancer. And lastly, a little girl from my school is going through another round of treatment for brain cancer. Her family is in dire financial need and she's been to hell and back.

It's a horrible, horrible disease. I find myself praying for so many people that have it.

I'll keep your friends in my prayers as well.