A Vignette of Joy for Our Health!


Dear Reader:

Monday was my regular six-week scheduled oncology check-up. By the time I left my six-week appointment…I learned that my check-ups are now going to be two-month regular appointments.

I feel like a baby being weaned from her mother….with similar mixed feelings. Part of me still wants my security blanket….the doctors and nurses who encourage me…. while, simultaneously, taking longer flights  from the nest…like a baby bird.

When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008….there was a true sense of urgency. From the time of my first appointment with a breast specialist/surgeon… life changed radically.

Two days later I was having  my first  mastectomy and then two weeks later I had started my first chemo regiment. Radiation on a daily basis for six week intervals was added at three different points along the way and it was rare for awhile for me to wake up and not have an appointment associated with “little c.”

Treating cancer is like trying to hold several corks under water at the same time….I would get a good report on one treatment while getting hit with side effects that weren’t good. Like Dr. Silgals told me Monday….my particular breast cancer wanted to be unique and not follow the normal “rules” of a hormonal breast cancer which is usually the type for women my age….at the time in my late 50’s.

I literally had to get down to the ninth inning with two strikes on me to hit a homerun out of the park with a new treatment, not even designated for breast cancer. Who knew? (God knew!)

It would be nice to think that this was it….I was free of cancer but since I am testing an experimental drug no one knows how long its effectiveness will last or if/when “little c” might re-appear out of hiding.

The one thing I do know is that I am so happy to wake up each morning. Period.

Even during the darkest days two years ago….when the radiologist and surgeon just shook their heads in frustration I reassured them that things might not be looking all right on the outside looking in….but my soul was still doing all right…in fact there was not a trace of cancer to be found there.

*Today’s title poster is a Kelly Roberts drawing…(love her works….own several items of hers.)

“It is well, it is well with my soul”

Selah – It Is Well With My Soul – YouTube

My soul must have talked to my body and told it to get its act together because “little c” has stayed at bay since starting the new drug.

International Standard Version: Proverbs 15: 30
“Bright eyes encourage the heart; good news nourishes the body.”

So until tomorrow….Thank you Father for the good report this past Monday….my eyes remain bright with joy for the time I have been given for growing in faith, and loving family, friends, and flowers.

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

IMG_0022*These days I don’t look on clocks as adversaries like I once did….I love my Kelly Roberts clock with wings!


About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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6 Responses to A Vignette of Joy for Our Health!

  1. Jo Dufford says:

    This is such GREAT news.! You are always on my prayer list. This is the second time in 10 days that someone I’m praying for has had good news. I believe in prayer, and I believe God is using both of you to help others: in inspirational ways and finding new treatments that WILL help someone else. Sometimes when we get a chance to catch up with each other, I’ll tell you the whole story of my little great niece, who has been in pediatric ICU at John Hopkins for 21 months now. She is a burn patient with tremendous breathing problems (can not exchange gases). She had surgery to remove one of the tubes going to heart this week, so far so good, and although there is still a long way to go, this is HUGE. Many, many, many prayers have been made for both of you and will continue to be offered to God.


  2. Johnny Johnson says:

    God is great God is good! I am thankful that your report was a good one! How anyone can believe there is no God just befuddles me! How can you not believe when his works surround you? When prayers are answered for those who pray and those who believe. My Pastor said once that even an atheist will believe in God when he or she is on their death bed. I bet that’s true too! Sorry for going off on a tangent! I am so happy for you and your good medical report that my heart sings! Isn’t it the best insurance policy to know you will live with God in the Kingdom of Heaven after you leave this world and the policy was paid in full by Jesus? And it didn’t cost a single penny from your pocket! May God continue to smile on you and yours! It’s a great day to be saved!


  3. Becky, I’m so happy for the good news! You and I know God can heal anyone! If not for pray my sweet Bradley probably would not be here! I am adding Jo’s niece to my list. I love girl! Keep bringing love and joy to us all.


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