Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Sue . . . on remission. Firm Chicks (part 5)

Ok, big-sister brag time. I told you that you would enjoy Sue . . . she is funny, sweet, godly, pretty, courageous, honest and fun. I am very blessed in the sister department. I have two great sisters and six wonderful law. I love them all.

So, I am a little sad that this is the last of this series. Thanks so much, Sue, for sharing some of your cancer story with us. Here is part five.

Sue . . . on remission.

After four months of chemotherapy I was declared “in remission”. I went through two years of maintenance treatment which is supposed to help me stay in remission longer . . .hopefully long enough for a cure to be found. (That is my prayer.)

When I completed my treatment regimen and was declared “in remission” it was easy to dwell on thoughts like “when will it come back?” or “what will we do next to fight it?” or even “will I eventually die from this?” I prayed and asked God to help me leave those questions with Him. I asked God to help me not to waste these great days worrying about what was going to happen to me down the road.

And then the thought came to me . . . You know, I am no different now than I was before I was diagnosed. My days are no less numbered now than they were before I had cancer. I did not know what my future held back then . . . and I do not know what my future holds now.

But what I do know is this:

Proverbs 19:21 says “Many are the plans in a man’s (or woman’s) heart, But it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails."

Psalm 121:1-2 says "I raise my eyes toward the mountains. Where will my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth."

And Deuteronomy 31:6 says, "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified . . . for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you or forsake you.

So when all is said and done - that is enough for me. God has brought me this far and He is going to take me the rest of the way.

I WILL trust the Lord! He IS trustworthy.

P.S. Thank you for reading my 5 part series. (Thank you, Glenda, for asking me to do it.) I enjoyed reading your comments and was grateful that my experience encouraged some of you. It makes my cancer experience seem to have purpose.


  1. thank you for sharing it with us:) pain does have purpose when we come alongside others who are suffering..or have suffered and comfort them and them us. It draws us closer together and closer to God... I think:)
    Those are some of my verses that I carry with me these days as well...happy Wednesday:)

  2. Amen to that collection of scriptural encouragements and **stand firm**...yes. I am sure that these posts will be visited by many and the succinct nature of the vulnerable sharing of the profound reality of -yea though I walk through the valley of death... he is with us and comforts us- will be a portal in for many in need.
    Well done.

  3. Thanks for sharing, Sue! Good job with all! You sound blessed in the sister department, Glenda for sure.

  4. God and the Bible are what get me through this "journey". I join you in your prayer, for both you and my husband.

  5. Thank you for sharing so much.. I love it. Our God is trustworthy!

  6. Thank you for sharing. This makes me realize how important it is to live for the moment and for God. For, none of us know how long we have but we do know that we are here for a purpose and He has plans for us. I pray you stay in remission and also pray that you will keep His purposes in the front of your mind and stay focused on HIM>

  7. I love this: You know, I am no different now than I was before I was diagnosed.

    I love how God knows everything and His plans won't change.

    THank you for all your words...

  8. Glenda (and Sue):

    I've just read the posts on cancer and...well saying I "enjoyed" reading isn't the right term, but I will say they were inspiring and encouraging to anyone who is facing cancer.

    I love what you said about your days being no less numbered than before cancer. That is so true and something I never thought of when my husband was facing cancer treatments.

    I sure wish you two could meet. You both have some remarkable stories to share.

  9. I love all of those scriptures, keep on taking refuge in them, God loves you, and His word is truth. None of us know the day or the hour when we will turn from terrestrial to celestrial. it matters not how old, rich or healthy we are.. Every day is a gift to enjoy. God bless you heaps. Much love Crystal Mary.

  10. Sue, your positive
    outlook reminds me
    so much of my dear
    friend Kathleen's
    journey through cancer
    treatments. Thank you
    for sharing such a
    personal story. So
    glad that you are well
    and thriving! Thanks
    for the great series,
    xx Suzanne

  11. Hi Glenda and Sue,

    Thank you so much for sharing such personal information. It's been such an eye-opener reading these posts - and seeing the mix of pain...and just how ordinary life still goes on no matter what.

    A big, big hug to you both.


  12. Glenda -
    Beautiful post!
    Beautiful sister!
    Beautiful scriptures!
    Beautiful heart!

    You are just simply beautiful! :)


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