Celebration of Life

Moving beyond my pain and celebrating life.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Not the odds I care to be a part of... One in Eight

This week, I found out that I belong to this group.  This is not a group I ever thought I would be a part of.  I was already in the "Cancer Survivor" group; as far as I know, breast cancer is not on
either side of my family. 

Different people handle this kind of news, different ways.  For me, no matter how tough I think I am or how much my stubbornness has got me through difficult times before, being tough or stubborn does not cure cancer.

My faith in God is strong and I believe that it was His divine hand that led me to the radiologist who found the mass and it was God who woke him in the middle of the night to take a deeper and more detailed look at my films and then to refer me to an excellent doctor and surgeon.  It was his insistence that made my husband, Vaughn urge me to get a biopsy and to quickly find the cancer.

I do not know what tomorrow might bring, but I do know that whatever happens, God is there to comfort me.  I am reminded of Psalm 94:19 - When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.

Still celebrating life...Jolene


  • At June 29, 2016 at 10:36 AM , Blogger Ellie Creek Ellis said...

    I'm sure glad Vaughn talked you into getting checked! I've learned it doesn't matter if cancer is in the family or not, we still have a chance to get it. I have dear friends who have no cancer in their family and have had to have radical surgery because of it. And even though they say it's okay to get checked every other year...it's still every year for me. Better safe than sorry! There are so many different types of cancer - we hear those words so often - but when the doctor utters them to you...it becomes surreal. I love you!

  • At July 18, 2016 at 4:59 PM , Blogger Celebration of Life said...

    Thankfully, I do not have cancer; I have an abnormal tumor that must be removed.
    I will be having surgery July 20, 2016. Keep me in your thoughts and prayers.


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