Have you ever been asked a question that you want to answer but you're not exactly sure how to answer? Then you know exactly how I feel when I'm asked, “So, how are you doing, Melissa?” I totally appreciate the concern, but, to be honest, this one requires more than a simple, “Fine, thank you.”
I guess it depends on what you’re really asking. Most people are wondering, How is the cancer? That is: Is it growing? Is it under control? Has it spread? Did treatments work? The answer at this point is to wait and see.
As strange and simplistic as that may seem, the standard of care along with routine check-ups, is to do just that. Sure, I do a fair share of natural therapies to support my immune system, but even doing those, the need is to wait and see.
I’m reminded of friends, relatives, neighbors, acquaintances, readers who are facing their own set of challenges. Is there an area in your life that you don’t have the answers for either? A situation where you have to simply wait on God, trust Him, believe that He will fulfill His plan in His time? I would imagine the answer to be a resounding “yes” from people in all different walks of life.
Back to my best shot at the answer to your question: things are looking good at this point. My energy is returning. I’m enjoying life with my husband and children. I’m keeping up with all the follow-up appointments (or at least trying to). Most dramatically, my practical perspective on what’s important is being adjusted. I say “practical” because, sure, we know what’s important, but how easy is it to get bogged down by the busyness of our culture? So bogged down that we fail to spend meaningless moments with those we love. So enamored with our schedules and to-do lists that we forget to invest in the lives of those right in front of our faces?
Friends come to mind who have lost loved ones to cancer. One of the biggest lessons they learned on a practical level was, in their words, “to enjoy life and make the most of every day.” I seem to keep hearing that reiterated by cancer battlers and survivors.
What better way to enjoy life and make the most of every day than by 1)putting God first in all we do and 2)spending quality time with others. Kind of reminds me of Matthew 22:37-40.
So, for now the answer is wait and see. I’m filled with hope and encouragement, knowing that my God is bigger than any problem I’ll ever face. I’m convinced that He has a plan, He’s fulfilling it, and He is amazing! That means that whatever I’m waiting for, it’s got to be good.