By Martha Phillips – Special to the Navarro County Gazette

I know the title to the song is “Goin’ Through the Big D,” but I’m going through the big C and I don’t mean Corsicana!  

Back in July I found the dreaded lump and yes, I was freaked out. I went straight to the walk-in clinic here in Corsicana. All the testing, pokes and prods started the next day and eight days later I got the diagnosis – it is cancer.

I was with my best girl friend when I got the call. My biggest concern was: “How am I going to tell my husband?” He’s already lived with me having Multiple Sclerosis for the last 11 years, how much more can I ask of him? The conversation ended with him holding me close while I sobbed into his chest. God gave me a good one for sure!  

At first, I wanted to be open about it, because that’s how I handled the MS diagnosis. But I quickly changed my mind and retreated big time. I kept a close circle of friends and just gave vague information to others that asked questions that felt a little too personal.

I’ve only just begun this journey that will certainly continue for another year, but I have surely learned a lot already. I want to share those things hopefully to help someone else that hears the dreaded C word as a diagnosis or friends of someone just diagnosed.  

  1. Just because you ask for prayers does not entitle people to the details of your situation.  
  2. Just because you will be cured at the end of the journey does not mean you won’t be sad or mourn your loss.  
  3. Just because people tell you that you are strong, does not mean you shouldn’t cry.  

“She is clothed in strength and dignity, and laughs without fear of the future.” – Proverbs 31:25

Martha Phillips is a guest writer for the Navarro County Gazette. – Courtesy photo

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