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.
- Just because you ask for prayers does not entitle people to the details of your situation.
- Just because you will be cured at the end of the journey does not mean you won’t be sad or mourn your loss.
- 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
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