Monday, August 8, 2016

What Takes One's Mind off the Fear of Radiation Therapy?



Yep. Doesn't get much better than this.

Below is the text I got yesterday, from a mama and daddy that I have counseled extensively since they chose life over abortion through our presence on the sidewalks of the abortion center. When the text arrived, I was stressing a little about my radiation treatments for breast cancer which start (gulp) today:

Mama: A healthy boy, 7.8 pounds, and 21 inches!


Me: Oh he is gorgeous! Thank you so much for letting me know and sending me the pictures of your beautiful baby.
Mama: Of course. I had to let u know! U are part of the reason y he's here with us today....thanks a million- we love u Ms.Vicky.
Me: Love you too!!! Stay in touch!
Mama: We sure will. They  will be discharging tomorrow-- if u would like to come by and visit him, u are more then welcome to.


No one had to ask me twice! It was an hour drive to the hospital, but nap forgotten, I was in the car within five minutes. Holding a newborn baby sure beat obsessing about the woes of radiation. Even if the little baby was struggling with gas and cried most of the visit. I'd take a crying baby over radiation any day.


After the visit:
Me: It was such a joy to see you all. Thank you for inviting me. It really meant a lot.
Mama: U r welcome ...u are special to us
Me: The feeling is mutual! Hugs and prayers to both of you.


I had been in a funk. I don't like to admit this. I want to be inspiring. It is not inspiring to be overwhelmed with fear, sorrow, and worry. I do not want to undergo radiation. I am so afraid of what this potent treatment will do to my lungs, the newly healed breast, scars, implant, my energy level, and my skin. I have been quite emotional for days, trying to pray and walk the fear away through ten-mile-walks on my beloved Greenway. I slept little Saturday night, filled with angst.


I was just drifting off to sleep, sort of watching the Olympics, when I got the text about the new little baby. This mama is very dear to me. She is so vulnerable and sweet, and is trying very hard to walk with the Lord. She has needed extensive help from Cities4Life and they have provided it. The young couple and the baby might not have made it without our intervention.


I cannot take credit for it. God gets ALL the glory...but I am ecstatic to be used by Him on this mission. As I drove to the hospital, held the baby, and drove home, I never once thought about how grieved I was over the prospect of radiation. All I thought about was how incredibly grateful I was that this new little life was here on Earth, and I had played a part in it through God's gracious divine appointment.


Want to be as joyful as I? Go to charlotte.cities4life.org for more information on how God can use you to save lives.
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John 12:26 

If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.

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