Thursday, September 15, 2011

Sue . . . on perspective. Firm Chicks (part two)


Thanks for welcoming my sister, Sue, to my blog. Your warm and kind response to her story of having lymphoma is not surprising to me at all. That is the way bloggers are!

A special prayer for those that have mentioned their own battles with cancer, or their loved ones and friends.

Sue has written four more posts (yeah!), sharing her thoughts on

perspective

hair

chemo brain, and

remission.

So, here is Sue . . . on perspective.



A diagnosis of cancer is definitely life changing news. For me it came while I was at a high school baseball game watching my son. I had been to the doctor because of a minor change I noticed around my collarbone. I was not really worried but I expected my doctor to call with results of some tests I had earlier that day.

When my phone rang I left my lawn chair and walked out behind the bleachers so I could hear my doctor. “There are several ‘red flags’ and they point to non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. I am going to set you up next week to see an oncologist.”

So what do you do when you are at a baseball game and find out you have cancer? What I did was go sit back down and watch the rest of the game. (We lost!)

The next few days were very emotional and full of doctor appointments, needles, drinking of thick chalky liquids, phone calls, tears and disbelief.

I am the secretary of a church and I continued to work every day. I came to work a few days after my diagnosis and heard about a mother with five daughters between the ages of 3 and 21. One of her daughters went to say good bye to her mom before leaving for school and found her mom had died in her bed.

 
The funeral was held at the church where I work. Family and friends filled the sanctuary for the beautiful but extremely sad funeral.


As I sat and thought about this family, left without a mother, all of a sudden I had the strangest thought. "This family would give ANYTHING to have their mother have non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma."
That thought completely changed my perspective on my situation. It took me from feeling sorry for myself to “I am alive and I have options!” It was a pivotal moment in my becoming mentally prepared for what was ahead.
 
 


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15 comments:

  1. Sue you have such a great perspective and attitude. Not that you don't have a lot of rough days I am sure. Thank you for being here. As many others (too many) I have friends and family affected by cancer. Take care.....

    xoxo
    Karena

    Art by Karena

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  2. Sue, I love how trials change our perspective and make us so grateful! As much as I hate trials...I love that they are periods of growth with the Lord. Thank you for sharing this!

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  3. aunt sue: i'm sitting in a cafe in bicester & i MIGHT have tears in my eyes from reading this. i love this story & am so glad that you are sharing it.

    my favourite part is that you sat back down & watched the rest of the baseball game. how very johnson of you! it sounds like something grandma hallie would do. i love that.

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  4. what a great perspective changer. I had expected you to be thinking about your own family if the cancer wasn't cured...but rather, God used it to show you to be grateful for every day. Thanks for sharing your perspective it certainly can be applied to me today. :+)

    Thanks for sharing your family -- Gg -- they are all wonderful!

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  5. Love how God changes our perspective. Will be praying for you and your family.

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  6. So many thoughts....so many stories about cancer roll around in my brain and heart as I read your sister's posts. Heartfelt posts, thanks for sharing!

    Doris (fahnmamma)

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  7. Glenda,

    Thank you and thank you to Sue! My greatest (for lack of a better word) times of growth in my Christian life have been during trials...some quite serious. It is amazing what HE uses to change our perspective.

    So glad you are sharing this with us.

    Have a good weekend.

    Mary

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  8. Glenda, thanks so much for bringing Sue to us. Sue, thank you for sharing your story with us. I hope you both havea great day. Blessings...Mary

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  9. Thanks to both sisters for sharing this remarkable series. Why am I not surprised, Glenda, that you have an amazing sister?? It's in the genes. And it's in the grace, isn't it?

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  10. Cheers for you, Sue...on putting the best construction on the situation. It's a gift...a spiritual one.

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  11. Thank you, Sue, for this godly, wise perspective. I need you to talk to me once a week or so!

    Blessings,
    Jen

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  12. Great perspective, Sue. Thank you for sharing it.

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  13. This was amazing. I am reminded again that God uses everything for His purpose, even the pain you are experiencing right now can be used to help someone else. We always must trust that God knows what He's doing, even when we don't understand a thing. Can't wait to read more Sue!

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  14. "I am alive and have options" I love that!

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  15. Beautiful.
    So many things
    can be managed
    by refocusing our
    life lens. Thanks
    for sharing the
    story of how you
    did it.
    xx Suzanne

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