Kim's Prayer

"We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed." --2 Corinthians 4:8-9

Saturday, August 19, 2006

It's about blog-gone time!

I've had so many people say Blog! Blog! that I figured I better. As of today (August 18th) I am half way through my 6 weeks of radiation. I am feeling better than ever and can tell no side effects as of today. I think the hardest part has been the mental part. When I'm home I am so busy with the kids I don't really have time to think about cancer. However, in Houston all I have is time. I'm surrounded by some very sick people and it is easy to start to focus on some very negative things. Where the chemo takes its toll on you physically, I think for me, the radiation has taken its toll on me mentally.

I will say I am beginning to settle into a routine and it is becoming easier. Once again I'm reminded every day just how lucky I am and you just don't have to look far to see someone in far greater need than myself. I have met some very interesting people along my journey. The woman I sat next to in the waiting room Friday has 4 sisters and 3 of them have breast cancer right now.

A woman whose appt. is around the same time as mine was diagnoised just weeks after her husband was diagnoised with prostate cancer. My friend Marta is from Puerto Rico. Her family is still in Puerto Rico and she has used every single one of her minutes on her phone card that was supposed to last her 6 weeks. She suffers from a brain tumor and the radiation has made her very sick. Sounds depressing yes--and it is--but in a weird way, it is one of the neatest places I've ever been. We all know we are where we need to be. In a place where "We're Making Cancer History" is written every where you look. God is mentioned in a conversation every day. And the word Hope is written on the hearts of most people I come in contact with.

I overheard a woman the other day say she never has questioned God about why she has breast cancer. She just simply said why not me? I must say I'm much more selfish than she. I dread going back but I know I have to. The day I left to go to Houston the K-Love encouraging word for the day was "no matter what happens this is God's will for your life." Sometimes His will is not exactly where we think we want to be but, it's really the only place--and the safest--to be.