Cancer Journey

I am thankful for a cancer diagnosis.

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I am thankful for a cancer diagnosis. Good morning! Hope your Thanksgiving was a great time to connect with family and friends and recount why you are thankful. I am thankful that on March 9th, 2010 I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lymphoma. Does it sound strange that I am so thankful for receiving a stage 4 cancer diagnosis? It may, but it’s true. Right from the beginning God worked in my heart to see cancer as a blessing and not a curse. The months following that diagnosis were filled with fears, anxieties but HOPE always won out. His promised always proved true. Here are some of the biggest lessons I learned. 1. Perspective. With only God’s help I was able to see a cancer diagnosis as a way to grow in my faith, allow God to love on me and choose to not complain or say, “why me?” Instead…

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The Everlasting God

The Everlasting God   This past week has been more physically challenging.  Increased nausea, tiredness and achy   I feel more aware of it today.  I had a friend just stop this evening. I mentioned my symptoms to her. She began to pray over me, using God’s Word…my tears started to flow. It’s amazing how The Word of God can cut through and minister to a person’s soul.  As she prayed all I could hear was, “you are the Everlasting God, You do not grow faint, You don’t grow weary!”  Oh how faint, weak and weary I can be.  Even sometimes, I accept it and stay there stuck…thinking about my symptoms or other circumstances in life.  BUT when I choose to speak God’s Word, remind myself of who HE is…then the healing comes! I am so grateful for a God who is SO faithful to me-even to send someone over at 9pm…

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Reality Check!

Reality Check! Written Oct 5, 2012 11:37am It’s amazing what I can forget in just a few short 6 months!   I had my maintenance chemo treatment on Tuesday. That day usually leaves me feeling pretty mellow..the Benadryl I am given does that.  I shared  Wednesday on Facebook how having steroids in my system and 2 cups of coffee on an empty stomach jump started my day!  I went through Wednesday feeling pretty great.  Thursday not so bad either! In fact, I was starting to say to myself..man I feel really awesome..why was I dreading these chemo treatments again??  Then Thursday eve at my daughters volleyball game I started to remember…the steroid high…and the steroid low!  It was like a switch went off and all that energy I had just left my body in an instant.  Today I covered for the school nurse for an hour. It was then I was fully…

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Public Speaking

Written Apr 28, 2011 1:56pm I had 4th Rituxan treatment Tuesday, which means I get a break until October!!!  All went well.  I speak tonight at the Cancer Survivor Benefit.  I’d appreciate prayers!  This is a first for me!  I’ve shared with many people either one on one or in small group settings but never in front of a crowd like this.  I pray that I would be able to bring encouragement to others but mostly that my words would bring Honor and Glory to God.  Thanks 🙂

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Richard

Written Dec 29, 2010 1:42pm For those of you that know my dad, Richard was diagnosed with Esophageal cancer a week after I was diagnosed with Lymphoma this March…. Richard passed away this morning and went to be with Jesus at 12:43 am.  We spent the evening gathered around him, singing old hymns, holding his hands and telling him how much we loved him and how Jesus was waiting for him to come Home.  What a blessing to know that he is now at peace…we figure he’s probably already got his “red tractor” picked out in Heaven or he’s out chasing after ducks! The viewing will be Sunday, January 2nd from 2-4pm and 6-8pm at King’s Memorial Home in Mentone, IN and the funeral will be Monday, January 3rd at 1030 am at the Etna Green United Methodist Church in Etna Green, IN. We thank you all so much for your prayers, cards,…

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Brag On The Lord

Written Oct 12, 2010 8:27pm “Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim His greatness.  Let the whole world know what He has done.”  Psalm 105:1 I am giving thanks for a negative PET scan, Salvation, the gift of life and the blessing of my family. Please join me in bragging on the Lord.  Post something you are thankful for in my guestbook. Medical update….  I continue to feel better!  I have labs and see Dr Goksel on the 25th of this month to discuss maintenance planning and the future. Love Kim

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What Does God Have Planned For My Life?

Written Sep 10, 2010 3:00pm I just have to say…I feel amazing!!  Thank you Lord!  I have labs today for 1 week post chemo treatment. An update for my coworkers…. On my last oncology appointment the Dr and I discussed returning to work.   Even though I only have one chemo left I will be continuing with Rituxan IV maintenance therapy for at least 2 years.  This will continue to leave my immune system compromised.  I will not be able to return to the ER and in fact Dr said “ideally” not in a hospital setting (med surg, ICU etc).  I had a pretty good idea that would be the case.  I’m not exactly sure what position I will be placed in but I do believe that God has the perfect place for me.  I will continue to trust His leading and must be fervent in prayer to hear His answers.  I want…

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What Are Accumulative Side Effects?

Written Aug 20, 2010 7:43pm I am learning what accumulative side effects of chemo mean.  This week has been exhausting for me.  I have spent most of my days resting in bed.  Anyone who knows me, knows this is especially hard for me because I’m always on the move. The house is sooo quiet with the kids in school but I can see that it’s God’s provision for me so that I will rest more.    I struggled with a headache Monday thru Thursday but I am so glad to not have one today.  I did venture out for a “real” walk this morning and was able to do half what I normally do. I had labs drawn today and they already called and said they were good.  So praising God for that!!! I continue to cherish this focused time with my family.  I have seen God work in the hearts of my family/husband/children…