Did you know that there is always hope? We are people of hope as we live in Jesus Christ. This has become much more real to me as I received the news of my condition from my doctor.
My bone scan was excellent as the spot that had shown up is now less intense and this has been good news. But there is also not so good news that lurks around the corner. My doctor has told me that the reason the spot is showing up improved is because of the estrogen inhibitor that I was prescribed. If the spot was from aging, it wouldn’t be better. The bottom line–I have stage 4 cancer although I am stable right now.
What does this mean? My doctor says that he expects I will live for many years. I could be stable for years and years, but metastatic cancer has no cure. It can be controlled but not cured. Eventually it will kill me unless I have some kind of miracle from God. Women with my diagnosis can live 5-10 years but most do not live more than 10 years although there are always new cancer drugs and trials that may change things.
The way I see it
I am so excited to have life! Last year I did not know if I would live to see the summer of 2014. The fact that I am still alive after having a highly aggressive cancer spread so quickly is a miracle. The harsh chemotherapy sessions and surgery are behind me. I will probably have to have chemo again at some point in time, but it will be much less aggressive and focused more on quality of life rather than a cure.
I am so happy that the anti-estrogen pills are doing a great job on the spot on my spine and that I have no pain. These are awesome things that cannot be taken for granted. I am blessed!
I am joyful that I have been given some time to be reflective, productive, and stable. I am also joyful that, God-willing, I have years ahead of me, not days, weeks or months.
There is always hope for life when God is the Lord of one’s life.
Where I live or whether I die, I belong to Jesus…and I am joyful.