On August 31, 2010 I started a storytelling contest with the fictional character, Scheherazade, from 1001 Arabian Nights. My goal was to out-tell her by one extra story. At the time the contest began…I was on chemo for breast cancer and my overall prognosis was not too encouraging…at least in the estimated medical time most patients have with this type of breast cancer.
But, as a retired teacher and educator, used to setting goals…I figured I had nothing to lose so let the contest begin. You can only imagine how happy I was on May 29, 2013 when I told my 1002nd story/blog. We had a party at the house and many blog readers who live in the Summerville/Charleston area came to help me celebrate! God has been with me holding my hand throughout my on-going health challenge and I know now He has His eye on the sparrow …and He has His eye on me!
What a beautiful surprise…a real serendipity to happen this morning upon your website while trying to find out more about the saying: “It’s not what you gather that matters, but what you scatter in life…this is what makes life meaningful and memorable” (yes, I took the liberty to add those last few words, just to make things VERY clear!
What I wish to share with you just now is that I too am a breast cancer survivor. Here’s just part of my story in brief. At age 47 my own mother died of breast cancer. She was a beautiful woman and I miss her to this day. She was not only a mother and mentor but one of my best friends too.
Then, age 48 …Oct. 13/95 I was also diagnosed with breast cancer. There was this lump; it was biopsied; the verdict was in. It was cancer. I needed to act now and the medical world went to work treating me as best they could. First came a complete mastectomy; then months of chemotherapy followed by about 6 weeks of radiation. Done! This is what I thought but three years later I was again undergoing surgery for a second mastectomy. But this time it was my choice. And this time there was no sign of any problem with the other breast…though in time the surgeon did commend me on making this brave decision. The final pathology report showed signs of some sinister, early beginning cancer cells.
With two surgeries now behind me I chose to carry on with life and with JOY! And now, here I am a survivor of 22 years…so thankful to my Father for the extra years of life which He mercifully chose to give me. Some of the highlights of my cancer journey I have written up to share with others by way of encouragement. If you would like some of these please let me know.
In His love, Lynn
I think this is definitely a God Wink….we share so much in common. Like you, every day I wake up is a good day…a happy day…a joyful day. And like you, I have survived longer than my first prognosis indicated. I do believe there is a reason for it (besides the wonder and delight of watching my four small grandchildren grow) God isn’t through with me yet and like you, I am thankful for the time…the greatest gift… besides God’s love. I would love to read your articles on your cancer journey…everyone has their own unique story to tell. Thank you for taking the time to comment and enlighten me with your presence. Thank you.
Where can I purchase the Train, thx you.