I started a blog on this website shortly before learning that I would be starting cancer treatment, which means I’ll again be keeping a CaringBridge journal. I’ll share those journal entries here, with the first one included below.
January 1, 2015 10:25am
It’s been five years to the day since I made my first CaringBridge journal entry. My recently published a book, My Anchor Holds, includes those entries and my present day reflections on them. It’s been wonderful to hear from many people who say that reading my book and following my journey has been a real blessing to them. For me, the book has been a great way to take something bad and use it for good.
If my story were a made-for-TV movie, this is when you cue the happy music and watch a cancer-free miracle walk happily into the sunset. This, however, is not a movie. I still think I’m a miracle, and I am still happy. Unfortunately, the final chapter of my book did not mark the close of my journey with cancer.
I had a PET scan on Monday, and it revealed that the tumor in my right lung (the one we’ve been watching for some time now) has gotten larger. It also showed that there is cancer in three lymph nodes in my chest wall. The plan is for me to start chemo in the next two or three weeks. I’m not happy about this most recent development, but I trust God completely. He has been with me these past five years, and He’s with me now.
As I said in my book, “Sometimes God delivers us from hardship and sometimes He delivers us through it; sometimes from pain, sometimes through pain; sometimes from the fire, sometimes through the fire; sometimes from death, sometimes through death. But God is faithful. He always delivers us.”