3 Reasons for Smiling in the Rain

It’s raining today and dreary outside, but I’m smiling anyway! Three reasons I can rejoice today:

1. Chemo is in the past. 

Sixteen months ago I received my last dose of chemo drugs. I'm so glad it's over. If you've been through it, you know what I mean. And if you haven't, you can imagine.

Although chemo is a nasty experience, I will say that it's an amazing time to experience God's grace in a personal way. In fact, whatever weakness or difficulty we experience is simply a perfect time to experience God's ample grace and strengthening.

2. I’m on a six-month follow-up schedule with my oncologist.

As far as my health goes, I see my oncologist every six months, and there are always plenty of tests in between. Hey, this is better than seeing your oncologist every two weeks, like during treatment.

I had a couple MRI's which were supposed to be annual. The last two, they've wanted me to return in six months to keep an eye on a couple suspicious areas. The first follow-up MRI showed the questionable area to be fine, but then they spotted another area they want to check on in 6 months (which will be early 2013).

Cancer is a tricky thing. You want it to stay away and hope it's doing so, but you (and the doctors) don't really know what's happening in all those hidden cells. So it's a waiting game, like I wrote about last year here.

3. My new doctor at Northwestern is encouraging.

In addition to the oncologist visits and MRI's, I see a pretty interesting doctor at Northwestern who specializes in the whole BRCA gene mutation field. I was assigned to him since I'm positive for the BRCA2 mutation. My last visit with him was actually quite encouraging. Upbeat and knowledgable at the same time, his positive outlook put a lightness to my step as I walked out of his office. Why is it that words from doctors can be so powerful?

There are many more reasons to be smiling today! And when I first wrote this blog post, it wasn’t raining and it wasn’t about smiling. But I want you to know that God is good. He is answering your prayers. He continues to give strength and healing. And He puts the smile on my face!