(Dad and I, exhausted after D-Day (Diagnosis Day))
A lot has happened to me in the last three weeks.
I went from an ambitious nursing student with goals of specializing in Pediatric Endocrinology- to a cancer patient.
I went from a Type One Diabetic still overwhelmed with the enormity of a chronic disease- to a Type One cancer patient.
I went from a 19 year old with big exciting plans on life- to a cancer patient stripped of my own ideas.
These are the realities I am trying to wrap my mind around. I have people constantly asking, "How are you?", "You doing okay?", "How are you holding up?". Honestly, I don't really know. I'm trapped in a blur of a new reality. A new battle that has erupted and blindsided me in the middle of my journey as a college student.
It's hard to process this all. It's hard to accept that I'm only 19 and don't feel anything near ready to tackle another ominous disease such as cancer; let alone a cancer that demands a year of Chemotherapy. A year. Thoughts of where I could be in the Nursing program haunt me when I try thinking ahead.
So how am I coping? How do I even make sense of it all? How do I make sense of Ewing Sarcoma, or chemotherapy, or the replacement of my shoulder after the fight with cancer?
Well I have found the key to it all is to numb myself to myself.
Numbing myself occurs when I stop myself from thinking ahead. When I prevent myself from panicking about the terror of the unknown. . . the endless possibilities and pathways this journey could go. I tend to do that a lot, think ahead, process, prepare. Yet God has promised only enough grace for today . . . not tomorrow, not next week, month, or year! Only today.
Also, I have found that to numb myself- I have to "infuse" myself with Scripture. If you haven't had the opportunity to truly enjoy the riches of God's Word than you may be completely lost here. So what do I mean. When you have a personal relationship with the God of the Universe, you are given the discernment and understanding to be completely immersed in the comfort that it provides. I have found that the Bible has been more real to me now than ever before. Beyond a doubt II Corinthians has spoken to me the most! The reason for the depths of II Corinthians is the truth that God comforts us in our greatest tribulation, so that we can comfort others- with His comfort!
If you didn't quite get that- here's the simplified edition. ;)
I want to use this terrible, overwhelming, confusing, difficult and ominous diagnosis of Ewing Sarcoma to do one thing- be able to minister to others around me.
Everybody relates to cancer. And the worst thing that I could do is squander this opportunity God has given me- in my own grief and pain.
Now am I grieving? Totally. Am I hurting? Completely. Am I going to hurt more? Positively.
But here's the focus, I am given the chance that very few get. An opportunity to reach out to others that are grieving and hurting- and to show them the comfort that God can only instill.
Thank you so much for all your prayers and amazing support! I look for this year to be extremely difficult, but I couldn't have a better support group, or more powerful God!
Love to all! Will post again soon, hopefully!