Three weeks ago I heard the words, “Ms. Freeman, you have Breast Cancer.â They were spoken by a stranger after a sonogram. First of all, I never dreamed of having Breast Cancer. I was prepared for a heart attack, but never breast cancer. (If you know me, you know my arteries are filled with butter, bacon, eggs, all kinds of fried foods and every thing else that clogs the arteries.) If I was going to hear these words, shouldnât I have been in the hospital, surrounded by friends and family when the Doctor came in to deliver the shocking news? I guess not. I dressed and walked out of the room wondering, well what should I do now? Itâs 2:00 in the afternoon. Do I just call my close friends and family, ask about their day and say, âI just thought you might want to know that I have Breast Cancer.â It all sounded so dramatic. Since then, I have had tests, then waited. More tests, waited again. Bad news, then not so bad news. Finally, tomorrow at 9:00 am the surgeon is going in to take the tumor out.
Right now it is 11:45 pm and I have only 15 minutes to eat or drink anything I want. If you could see what all I have chosen for the âlast supper and last snackâ you might wonder if they shouldnât be operating on my brain instead. If I should die âon the tableâ I want to make sure that I had Braums Banana Nut cookies just in case they donât bake those in heaven. I have used the âIf I dieâ card as many times as I could today but not too many people took the bait.
Kidding aside, my prognosis looks good. I have Stage II, grade III breast cancer. My tumor is now 3 cm large but there is no reason to believe that with the surgery, chemo and radiation that the cancer cells cannot be eliminated. We will find out tomorrow if the lymph nodes are involved.
The cancer diagnosis has caused me to think about what really matters to me. Stress probably played a significant role in my disease and stress and attitude will play a part in my recovery. I am going on a âstress freeâ diet. During the last nine months, I missed priceless moments because of grief and fear. I have a wake-up call and another “second chance” at life.
We play a âgameâ in Barnabas called âWhatâs left unsaid.â Iâve thought a lot about that this weekend. There were so many words last year and so many things âsaidâ that I have not taken stock of what I really want to say. So, I am going to play this game tonight and say âwhat is left unsaid.â I want to sayâ¦
Iâm sorry to anyone whom I have wounded.
I am saddened by the saying that âThe church is the only organization that I know of who shoot their wounded.â I found this to be true. However, I also found that Jesus and the Body of Christ can still be found in the most unlikely places.
Freedom is only found when I allow the illusions that I have created to fall to the ground. It is then that the ground beneath me can not fall out from under me. The truth has set me free.
I am blessed to have loved deeply and blessed to be the recipient of others love. I have a few friends who are friends, no matter what. You know who you are.
I am sure that Jesus loves all people and that all are welcome at the table.
Pride does come before a fall. Damn ego!!
I wish that all of us could just be nice to each other. Judgments and shame kill people.
I love my son and my daughter.
Being a grandmother is better than being a mother.
Children and disabled people are the face of God.
The âIâm Rightâ game destroys relationships, organizations and churches.
God sends manna and money from the sky just in time.
I have met people who have different faith beliefs and I am struck by their goodness and grace.
When I thought that I could not live another minute, God sent Mercy.
âI never dreamed that home would end up a place that I donât belong.â
My dog Katy is the most beautiful of Gods creatures.
Many people have suffered and died to give me the freedom that I have. I pray that I can pave the way for people after me so that they do not have to be judged.
Martin Luther King and everyday men and women were courageous when they fought for civil rights. Why am I just now âgetting this?â
At 53, I still miss my Dad. He made me feel safe.
I miss my friend Mark. He could have helped. I wish I could have helped him.
Jesus loves me, this I know.
Most importantly, I believe thatâ¦
Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called sons of God.
Whatever it takes, I long to be in âthatâ group. I have a long way to go and will not get close until Jesus has made me perfect but His words bring me peace and remind me of what needs to be said and done as one of His beloved.
Looking forward to continuing this journey of grace with many of you.
(Sorry, but this is Barnabas lingo) By The Grace of God, I Am a Special, Worthy and Complete Woman, Who Needs Godâs Help.
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