(photo of my sister's backyard fence...all photos are thru my lens)

This is just a way to express my thoughts as I walk this path and journey through as a breast canSURVIVOR.

Make cancer mad, just piss it off by misspelling it..... like "canzer"

In remission ~ December 2012

Invasive Moderately Differentiated Ductal Carcinoma T1cN0M0 Stage 1

Estrogen receptor-positive cancer - Here is how it began

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Take Heart


It seems my pen has been still these past 9 months. 

I have been still... Reflecting. Healing.

Instead of writing, I have been in prayer & meditation. God has comforted my soul and, in His mercy, He has met me in life’s storms and held me up out of the depths of despair. 

My soul is lighter and I have been made stronger.


Matthew 14:22-27

22. Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23. And after he dismissed the crowds, he went up in the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone 24. But the boat by this time was long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. 25. And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified and said “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear 27. But immediately Jesus spoke to them saying “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”


Consider This

Could God be coming into your life in what appears to be a storm? 

The Lord works in the storms of our lives and thru those storms, He walks to us and with us

The very storm He meets you in is the same storm you become strong in. He will uplift you and even bless you in these storms.


Take heart, child of God. 
Do not be afraid.
Lord, help us to focus on 
you and your power 
instead of 
our fear and our doubts.



Dear Jesus,

Savior of my soul and king over my life. Be with me each and every day, especially in this storm that is all around me. Take my hand and walk with me; guide me to the other side. 

You have promised me peace that passes all understanding. It is Your Holy grace and mercy with unconditional love that draws me closer to You. 

If it is Your will that I go thru this storm, I pray for the endurance and strength to withstand it. With You by my side, fear can not overtake me for faith replaces fear. 

May this test of fire refine and purify my faith and my soul. May I see the power of God in this storm and His light that pierces the darkness and shatters all fear. I seek only You in times of trouble. 

Lord, I pray my faith will continue to grow and mature so I can never be swayed by the waves around me.  

Help me to recognize Your favor over my life and I ask for Your blessings and continued protection. 

My confidence rests in You, the Savior of my soul, my redeemer, my Lord.  

Deuteronomy 31:6 tells us to “Be strong and courageous.”  I pray this for you, my friend.

Take heart, child of God! Do not be afraid. ~

Monday, December 20, 2021

December, A Month for Celebration

December 20, 2012, I finished a year long of treatments and was declared in remission. This now makes the 9th year of recovery and a reason to celebrate. God has awakened me every morning and continues to remind me that my time on this earth isn’t done yet.


I’m here to see my youngest daughter turn 30 tomorrow. She, too, has overcome obstacles and is looking forward to a new decade of life.  I pray for love and laughter for both my girls.  I like to pray, especially for them.


Amazingly, I will be walking into my 60th year in a few months. I’m not sure where time has gone and I wonder what contributions I have made in this world. Then I reflect on a few private moments shared with others that will stay in my heart for eternity.


Our 15th wedding anniversary is December 31.  We have grown as One with God in our marriage and we have certainly grown as individuals.  What God has brought together, let no man put asunder.


The true celebration this season is remembering the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. I need no gifts this year --- Jesus is the giftHe is my everything.

Emmanuel – God with us.  

Dallas Jenkins created a beautiful nativity story.  I hope you can spare 30 minutes.  It’s very well worth it.


Peace be with you my friend ~

Sunday, July 25, 2021



It was a year ago this month the first time I had a mini-stroke. I had lost over 15 years of memory.  I had no idea who my husband was and I didn’t realize my children were grown and out of the house.  Complete amnesia.  The second time, I couldn’t remember the last few years.  At least that time, I knew my husband and he gently brought me back by helping me to remember.  The other black out moments I was alone, but I made my way back.  It was just as scary.  The neurologist is setting up more tests and working with my family doctor on a treatment plan.  Trying to get my blood pressure spikes under control.  Next time, I might not be so lucky. 


I have holes in my memory.  Like most of us, we forget why we walked into a room – “what did I come in here for anyway?”  This is a little more...like driving a familiar route and suddenly not remembering where you are.  At least for today, I remember my name!  But I don’t want to forget those memories that are so very precious to me.  I have to focus really hard to remember my sister’s voice.  It’s been 14 years now and I don’t want to forget. Ever.


Today would have been Dad’s 84th birthday.  I miss him so much it hurts.  Both of my parents. They both had TIA's.  Did it frighten them too? 


We lost our father October 19, 2017 from colon and pancreatic cancer.  Just a few short months after his 80th birthday. The last birthday we celebrated with Dad, we had strung up photos to showcase his life.  Photos help me remember.

Time is precious. Time matters. Will you want to remember the good and the bad?  There should be an urgency about time in our lives.


Psalm 90:2

Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.



What are you doing with your life?  Make it count.

My Kid Sister

Our Beloved Sister

Chemo Brain vs Something Else

The God of Hope

Happy Heavenly Birthday, Dad, I love you  ~

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Prayer and Divine Appointments


There is power in prayer and I’ve often thought, “There is nothing more powerful than a mother’s prayer for her child.”  Those precious prayers reach the throne room of God with a special urgency that can only come from a parent’s whole being.  It hurts when we see our children hurt. 


It is more profound than that . . . Our Father God hurts when He sees His children hurt.  The only thing He asks of us is to communicate with Him.  

This is what it means to Pray ~  Just. Talk. To. Him.


Prayer is the lifeline of a believer.  Prayer sets things in motion.  So, pay attention and watch not only what happens, but how it happens.


Have you ever had that still, small voice in your heart that prompts you into action? Perhaps it is seeing a homeless person and feeling compelled to do something for someone in need. Or whether it is just waking up in the morning to do your every day job and giving a helping hand just when it was needed.


This is what I call divine appointments.  If you listen to God’s voice, His prompting, you will be His hands and feet. It is simply doing God’s will. Simply obeying His voice.  And, oh, what a glorious outcome when we do! 


Who have you helped lately?  You may have just be an answered prayer in someone’s life.


Remember to shine brightly in this broken world and let people know God sent you.


Saturday, July 10, 2021

Do You Put God in a Box?


Scriptures tell us that God created the Heavens and the earth. He spoke it into existence and declared “It is good.”


What is mind-blowing is that first there is God, then there was Heaven.

Heaven didn’t exist before God . . . Neither did time.


God exists outside of time and space. 

Yet we seem to tuck Him away in our finite minds and put God in a box.  


When the bible says “With the Lord a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years are like a day,” it is speaking of God’s infinity. God created us to live in time and space as finite creatures.


I often wonder what it would be like to see God’s face. The term “beatific vision” means the eternal and direct visual perception of God. It means seeing God face to face. But we know in the book of Exodus, Moses was prevented by God’s own hand from seeing His face.  Anything or anybody who looks upon the face of Our Father would not survive.  Why is this?

Exodus 33:18-23

God, the Father,is Holiness - - powerful, almighty, gloriously pure holiness. If we are honest with ourselves, we should acknowledge that it is our own inability to fully grasp the awesome power and majesty of our Creator.  The proverbial "box" mentality.  It just makes Him too small and that is a sad way to think of God.


God is so big, so vast, that if He were to be seen by His creation, it would be obliterated because of sin. So, God had to send His Son, in human form, in order to walk among us, “His Word”. God’s power and will is shown to us thru the “Holy Spirit”.  God’s attributes.


It is simple. Evil cannot withstand the light of our good and Holy God.  Whether we want to accept it or not, all of us have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God. No matter how much of a good person we think we are, even a speck of evil taints us and, therefore, prevents us from entering the Holy of Holies.


Here’s the spoiler-alert.  Something radical will happen to God’s resurrected people. Rev 22:4  It is only because we will be fully righteous in Christ, standing in our resurrected bodies, untainted by sin, that we will be able to see God and live with Him.


Can you imagine looking into the eyes of our Creator?

John Burke, a pastor and author who has studied and examined
over 1,000 accounts of near-death experiences, believes these reports
provide faith-building evidence of God and the Bible.
He asks, Do you put God in a box?


Saturday, June 19, 2021

Just a note to say . . .


I’ve been marinating over this concept - “Do you put God in a box?” As I contemplate this, the words and images are coming to mind just like my previous posts.  So, this (I hope) will be the next piece to share with you.

In the meantime, I’ve been quite busy learning a new job I got in April.  After a year ½ in semi-retirement, it has been a welcome challenge. I do miss the free time I had to write and be creative.  By the way, I’ve never mentioned this, but I have another website.  I don’t have my name all over it and it’s not monetized. I wanted to remain anonymous … until now.  Quite honestly, without the marketing aspect to it, it’s hard to get it off the ground.  It’s important stuff and something God laid on my heart in 2019.  The topic is uncomfortable for most people, but the “subject matter” has got to be one of the closest things to God’s own heart.  

Well, if you’re interested, please visit it. Share it. Learn from it.  www.warriorsfortheinnocent.com  For your viewing pleasure, use your pc to capture the full website. A mobile device is just too small.


Hey! On another note, I got my camera out for the first time in well over a year!  I’m so very excited to be behind the lens again.  This time, I get to volunteer my services for VBS at a church we started to attend.  Yes! Can you see me do the happy dance????


If you think of it, keep me in prayer.  Let’s keep all of us in prayer.  When you do, DECLARE it.


Until next time,

Peace be with you ~

Sunday, March 7, 2021

The God of Hope


I have a confession to make. I struggle with bouts of depression. Like many, 2020 took me to my limits and has followed me thru late winter. Before you judge me too harshly, let me explain a few factors.


One, there were two decisions made in the very early days of my cancer treatment. The first was a script written for anti-depressants. I didn’t really think twice about it. There were a lot of new instructions given to me, tons of information to digest, along with the poking and prodding of tests and needles. The second decision - - - well, perhaps we can save that for another post.


The point to my lengthy explanation is that in July 2020, I was fully weaned off of them. After watching the dosage increase over 8+ years, I felt it was just time to stop. After all, by God’s helping hand, I had overcome so much and I just wanted to continue the detox of so much toxic garbage that had destroyed my good cells, along with the bad cells.  It took 3 months to calibrate the dosage down to zero.  Let me tell you, they aren’t kidding when they describe the withdrawal side effects (lightening jolts in the brain, flu-like symptoms). I couldn’t get out of bed for almost a week. And, yes, I was under my doctor's supervision.


But, I did it. I survived. Barely.


About 2 weeks later, I experienced amnesia. In a flash, I didn’t know who my husband was or the last dozen years of my life. I was terrified. The word “confused” doesn’t do it justice either. For 15 minutes, I knew nothing. It took another 15 minutes to slowly start remembering.  It really freaked out my husband.  This was a pivotal moment in the year 2020.  Leading up to this point, I was adjusting to a "new normal" of unemployment; a dream disappeared and was replaced by a nightmare; and there was more [how raw should I get].


It was enough for evil forces to swoop in for the final kill. By mid-August, our marriage was in trouble and I had moved out.  Then my mother died in September. Today, mom would have been 80 years old. Instead, she left for her heavenly home to be with my sister, my dad and so many more who wait for us to join them.


My husband and I were separated for 4 long months while God refined our souls. Individually, we were both crying out to God and went down the road to hell and back again--repeatedly. It was the hardest thing I ever experienced, including cancer treatment.


God remarkably restored our marriage one week before our divorce court date, which was scheduled 10 days prior to our 14th wedding anniversary. I don’t believe that either of us can fully understand how the evil forces seeped into our lives and we are determined to never allow it to happen again. God has given us the grace to press forward and heal under His guidance and mercy. 


After all, He is the God of Hope


They say 20/20 is hindsight.  Perhaps 2020 was just a purging within this vessel.  Purging of toxic waste, influences and stinkin’ thinkin’.  We can now choose how we refill our vessel [the body, soul (mind) and spirit].  Perhaps this is true for many who have journeyed thru the isolation and self-reflection of this unusual year (plus).


There is so much I’ve learned about myself, but most of all, I’ve learned more about the God I serve. In your time of grief, of difficulty, where does your help come from?



[Psa 121:1-2 NIV]

1 A song of ascents. I lift up my eyes to the mountains--where does my help come from?

2 My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.


When the mountain doesn’t move, pray for the strength to climb the mountain.

If the giant doesn’t move, pray for the power to defeat that giant.

When your burdens are too big, cast them all upon the Lord.


What happens when God doesn’t remove your problem? The Bible gives us an amazing account of the 3 Hebrew boys thrown into a fiery furnace. God didn’t stop them from being thrown in, but He stood right there with them and walked thru it with them.


God is with you in your battle. The battle belongs to God, so let Him fight for you. The only way to withstand the fiery furnace is by coming to a place of total surrender and ask the Lord to go with you. He will bring you thru it.


The God of Hope


[Rom 15:13 NIV]

13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

As for my amnesia, it happened again 6 months later.  I have an EEG test next week and we’ll see what else is in store. As for my bouts of depression, God continues with those divine appointments that quickly gets me back to where I need to be -- body, mind & spirit.

Rejoice, my friend, that God’s mercy is new every day ~

Friday, February 19, 2021

A Sense of Peace


It was just 9 years and 2 months ago when I received the diagnosis of breast cancer. I don’t think that anything can prepare you for that kind of news. It’s a real punch in the gut and you can’t help but lose a sense of peace.

Is your faith standing trial?

It takes a lot of faith to trust God’s will for your life, much like Job, who lost absolutely everything in his life, even his wife and children. It’s hard to imagine that when most of us would feel like life wasn’t worth living anymore, Job remained strong in his faith. But, like most human beings, Job did reach a point of questioning and blaming God.

I had decided early on in my treatment that no matter what happened, I wanted the level of Christian maturity & grace to be able to plant my feet firmly in God’s promises. Oh! He has many promises, indeed!

Our faith will always be tested throughout our life time. The question is, will we still praise God in our “wilderness” just as much as when we are on the mountain top? 


Faith under fire

When faced with a diagnosis, it is normal to think about our own death and this is when Romans 8 spoke clearly to me. God has promised that nothing can separate us from His love.  This is when I began to experience a sense of peace. 


[Rom 8:38-39 NLT]

38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow--not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love.

39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below--indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.


[Jhn 16:33 NLT]

33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world."


 What steals your sense of peace?


The Bible tells us of many other ways we can lose peace in our lives. Think about those times of stubbornness, foolishness and unforgiveness. How many times can you get your peace back by just saying “I’m sorry”?

Even our past can keep us chained and we can lose peace if we hang on to those things that weigh us down. It steals our joy and peace; just like worrying about tomorrow robs our joy of today.

Our attitudes, emotions and relationships with one another greatly affects our sense of peace. Romans 12 is a guide in learning God’s will for our lives and how to live in peace with one another.


Pray for a peace that will settle your troubled heart 

In God’s presence, there is a security and tranquility that removes all burdens. 

[Phl 4:6-7 NLT]

6 Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

7 Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Peace that Passes ALL understanding 

As my faith matured, even the fear of dying released its grip.  A supernatural and divine peace that can only be found in Jesus Christ washed over me.  Heaven is my home

[1Co 15:55 ESV]

55 "O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?"


It was during this journey that I would tell others, "You have to walk thru it to get to the other side".  This just means either you will get through the situation or you will come to your final destination. With God’s Holy peace, you will be able to press on in any storm and endure until the end.

[Jhn 14:27 NIV]

27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Peace be with you, my friend ~

Friday, February 12, 2021

The Fragrance of Prayer


Prayer is one of the greatest privileges that we have! It is a precious opportunity to express our love to and for God; to have the honor to praise His name and to tell Him “thank you”.  Prayer strengthens your personal relationship with our Father, our Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

The Bible tells us that as God’s children, our prayers are like a sweet fragrance [incense] to God.  


[Rev 5:8 NKJV]

8 Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.


The golden incense-altar was the altar of prayer and the altar of burnt-offering was the altar of atonement and consecration.  God gave detailed instructions for the altar in the tabernacle [Exodus 30] and gave very specific spices for the incense.  We are told that aromas hold specific meanings for God, both pleasing and those that makes Him recoil.


[2Co 2:15-16 NKJV]

15 For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.

16 To the one [we are] the aroma of death [leading] to death, and to the other the aroma of life [leading] to life. And who [is] sufficient for these things?


Christ himself is the fragrance and it is through His righteousness that His fragrance covers our prayers straight to the throne room of God.


[Eph 5:2 ESV]

2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.


Jesus also encourages us to pray in unity. This is a beautiful harmony of voices that reach God’s throne. Just think, He treasures all of our prayers and keeps them forever.  Prayer is so powerful because Jesus tells us that He is among us while we pray!


[Mat 18:19-20 NLT]

19 "I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you.

20 For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them."


Jesus gave us instruction and the perfect template (pattern) to help us communicate with our Creator. He certainly doesn’t want us to repeat ritualistic words or to speak mindlessly, but He does want us to pray specifically and boldly.


[Mat 6:5-15 NIV]

5 "And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.

6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.

8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

Important factors

Just what are the key factors that are important as you speak to your Heavenly Father?


9 "This, then, is how you should pray: " 'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, - How beautiful to give a declaration of praise, acknowledging that God is Holy and to be revered. He is Lord of heaven and earth. He is our Creator and our Heavenly Father. His name is never to be taken lightly. How often have we put God inside a box to fit Him inside our minimal understanding of who He is? 


10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. – Pray for His will to rule and reign in our world. His power and presence will enter our lives here on earth as He wills it in heaven. There is a very distinct connection between earth and the heavenly realm.


11 Give us today our daily bread. – This declaration of dependence upon God as our provider acknowledges that everything we need is provided by His gracious hand.


12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. – We are indebted to God because He forgave our sins. We must willingly forgive those who have sinned against us. This is where we must ask for grace to do so.


13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.' – We have an enemy of our souls. As we go thru difficulties and times of temptation, we need divine deliverance. We have power over the evil one because Jesus paid an enormous price.


Some manuscripts include “For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.” – All that God is and all that God does lives forever. There has never been and never will be anything greater than God in all the universe.


Jesus continues by telling us:


14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.


Thankfully, when we do not know what to pray, the Holy Spirit intercedes for us by searching our hearts and praying for us.


[Rom 8:26-27 NLT]

26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don't know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.

27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God's own will.



There is nothing that you can’t talk to God about. He is interested in every tiny thing going on in your life. You can pray your way through the day by allowing prayer to become like breathing.  Don’t worry if you pray in a whisper, out loud or silently. 


Just….pray ~




The Power of a Praying Woman Bible – by Stormie Omartian

The BibleProject

Blue Letter Bible


Thursday, February 4, 2021

The Power of Faith

There are many things that we already have “faith” in; such as a chair will keep you lifted up right off that floor and we have faith that it will continue to do so and not break apart. 

Faith is so much more and as we dive deeper into the heart of Christianity, we find the definition “Faith is a firm, cordial belief in the veracity of God, in all the declarations of His word; or a full and affectionate confidence in the certainty of those things which God has declared, and because He has declared them.” 

[Heb 11:1 NIV] 
1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

[2Co 5:7 NIV] 
7 For we live by faith, not by sight. 

People of this world have a hard time believing in God. If there were a good God, why is there so much suffering?”  Why didn’t God create a world without suffering? Well, He did! Man messed it up….God didn’t. 

The word “suffer” means to “stay under”. To suffer means to finish your goal even when you experience adversity. This is a very interesting concept – to “finish your goal” even thru suffering. 

You have to walk thru it to get to the other side. 

We demand to understand why everything happens in our lives but sometimes suffering can seem pretty random. There are a lot of mysteries hidden in God and He is not going to give you all the answers.

[1Co 13:12-13 NLT] 
 12 Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. 13 Three things will last forever--faith, hope, and love--and the greatest of these is love. 

God doesn’t want to hear all the “whys”, but instead, He wants to hear “I trust you, God. Even when I don’t understand what is happening, I trust you to work it out for my good. I will keep my eyes on you.”

[Prov 3:5-6 NIV] 
 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. 

As we learn to trust God, the power of our faith grows and we can see God’s will in our lives more clearly. The decisions and consequences we make daily will always be a teaching moment for God, whether we suffer the consequences, or turn and seek God’s will in our lives. When we place our trust in God and seek His will in our lives, we also learn a great deal about who we are in Christ. And when bad things happen, God doesn’t always get you out of it, but He will give you grace to get through it. 

[2Co 12:9 NIV] 
 9 But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. 

During hard times, you can either give in and give up, or you can allow your faith and trust in God to grow stronger. Our love and compassion for others takes on a whole new meaning when we face life issues. God will allow us to go thru things that He could deliver us from, just so He could use you to deliver other people from that same thing. Do not give up when it’s hard. 

Half of the scriptures are about God delivering us from suffering and not one of those says “when”. 

[Psa 34:19 NIV] 
 19 The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all; 

Faith dispels fear and worry. Fear is a liar and it leads you to forget all that God has done in your life. Fear makes you think that you are all alone and the oppressive spirit of fear seems to be the dominate emotion of this day and age. The Bible tells us that fear is not just an emotion or feeling, but an actual spirit that manipulates and operates in many people’s lives [2 Timothy 1:7]. This is why you find so many people constantly worried. We need to be guarded so we do not allow fear to creep into our lives.

Anxiety and stress are both the children of fear and it destroys our bodies, our soul and our minds. The power of the gospel of Jesus Christ is that we do not need to fear. We have not been given a spirit of fear for our hope rests in Jesus Christ, our defender and our sustainer. He is sovereign and He is always in control. 

[Jhn 16:33 NIV] 
33 "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." 

We don’t know our future, but God is already there. 

As the world continues to groan and the nearness of Jesus’ return comes closer, others are looking at Christians. How are they responding? Remember how Paul’s faith touched others during his suffering in prison [Acts 16:25 ]. The world needs to see something other than cowards. They need to see people that will stand up and not run away from every hard place in life, but will say that in the midst of all their trouble, 

God is good & I trust Him & I love Him & He will bring me out of this & I will have victory in my life. 

[Rom 5:1-2 NIV] 
 1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 

God knows what you are going thru today. He knows your pain and every tear He holds in His hand. You just need to invite Him into your situation. 


Blessings to you my friend ~

Monday, January 25, 2021

Chemo Brain versus Something Else


We’ve all experienced a minor hiccup when it comes to our memory.  We laugh about it and even make up silly songs. 


The chemo cocktails are toxic. It kills cancer and it also kills good cells. I’m not sure how long the effects last or how age can tamper with our memory, but this is the next battle I’m facing. 

It’s a little more than forgetting why I walked into a room to do something.  The first time it happened, I forgot who my husband was and I lost a decade of memories.  It finally came back, but man, oh man, it really blind-sided both of us.   When it happened again 6 months later, I made a doctor’s appointment.  Again, my memories returned, except the last several moments when it happened.  Those moments are gone. 

My doctor wrote amnesia.  Hmm, sounds like a better description than black outs.  Oh, I’m fully awake when it happens and alcohol is not involved (which evokes the connotation of the word “black out”).  I haven’t decided how much I’ll share or how raw, but this issue almost cost me my marriage.  By the grace of God, our marriage is whole again and better than before. 

Insurance denied a CTscan, so an EEG has been scheduled in February.  Until then, no driving allowed and just trying to keep tranquility all around me and “be still”.


Don’t fear for the future, God is already there ~

Sunday, January 24, 2021

The Sound of Wisdom


There are seasons in my life when I experience major transitions. Some come out of left field and some were choices that I needed to make. Decisions should never be made lightly because they always come with consequences.   As we peel away the layers of each decision we ever made, we can see both the blessings and the losses.  

The unintentional consequence can be your biggest polishing stone. 


As God refines us in the heat of the fire, that is when we mature in our walk with Him.  When the fire is the hottest, is when He is the closest. 

Webster’s dictionary (1828) defines Wisdom as, “the right use or exercise of knowledge; the choice of laudable ends, and of the best means to accomplish them.”  It is more than “prudence”.


Wisdom is the exercise of sound judgment

either in avoiding evils or attempting good.


Solomon was deemed the wisest man by having the power of discerning and judging correctly. The mind is “sense and reason”, without the Holy Spirit. Reasoning blocks discernment.


1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:

2 for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight;

3 for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair;

4 for giving prudence to those who are simple, knowledge and discretion to the young-

5 let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance-

6 for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise.

7 the [reverent] fear of the LORD [that is, worshiping Him and regarding Him as truly awesome] is the beginning and the preeminent part of knowledge [its starting point and its essence]; But arrogant fools despise [skillful and godly] wisdom and instruction and self-discipline. 

The fall of man changed God’s original intention for us, but our character is developed by the Word of God and in His commandments.  Unforgiveness steals our peace, steals our joy and prevents answered prayer; it hinders God’s presence in our life. Mercy prevents us from being self-centered. Mercy triumphs over judgment. 


Is your wisdom of sound judgment?



How are the consequences stacking up against the decisions you make in your life? What can you follow to ensure sound wisdom?


Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

13 Now all has been heard;  here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God [worship Him with awe-filled reverence, 
Knowing that He is almighty God] and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.

14 For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing,
whether it is good or evil.


It's that simple.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

The Speed of Grace


As I turn the calendar to the year 2021, it occurs to me that I am approaching the 10th year I began my battle with cancer.  I remember thinking, “I want to walk thru this situation with as much grace as I’ve seen other woman do.”  

It was important to keep HOPE alive and to give GLORY to God with each step of my journey.

2 Corinthians 12:9

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.


Perhaps I sugar-coated it too much and left out some raw emotions.  It’s hard to find balance when sharing personal life stories on the net.  And then the year 2020 came and played a major part in all of our lives.  I wanted to stand on the mountain top and declare all the injustices that were happening in my life. Loss of parents, loss of a job, loss of friendships, the (near) loss of my marriage and loss of memory.  

Confusing and unreal stressful situations became my every day battle ground.  It was during this time that I held fast to what I knew to be true . . . I had to readjust my attitude and protect my heart from bitterness to take root. 

I again asked God to give me the grace 

[to forgive and ask for forgiveness] to walk thru the valley. 


I watched as God’s hands worked as the Master potter against the hardness of this old clay pot. The fire continues to refine and polish my soul as I mature in faith.   I have learned that feelings [emotions] are not truth.  Emotions are fickle and they change without any notice at all.  

Mature and learn the fruit of self-control by learning the Word of God.

Remember - Celebrate your progress and thank God for it!


Ephesians 4
Unity and Maturity in the Body of Christ
4 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. READ MORE....

14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.


The speed of God’s grace, 

in His patience with each one of us, 

begs attention in everything He does for us. 


How much time do we really have on this earth?  How long will it take for you to come to the Saving Grace that is in Our Lord Jesus Christ?


2 Peter 3:9

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.


Blessings to you my friend ~

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Anniversary #5 - Who's Counting?

I guess I'm counting, or at least trying.  I'm a little unclear on how you come up with "The 5 Year Anniversary".  That's the so-called time frame when the stats are a little more favorable. 

        December 9, 2011 - Diagnosed

             December 14, 2012 - Last chemo treatment

                    December 20, 2012 - Port removed

Do I feel out of the woods?  

Nope, just on the edge of the clearing

On a sad note, we lost our father October 19, 2017 from colon and pancreatic cancer.  It took him quickly, although we "know" he probably had it long before he was diagnosed.    

My sister and I took him to our oncologist.  As we left, I noticed the photo that I gave Doc Esther a few years ago hanging in one of the rooms. [I really thought it was hidden in a back closet]

The lilies are from dad's front yard. 
It's been surreal the past few months. 

I just keep plugging away. One day at a time and try to just live in the moment.  The years just seem to pass by so fast!  Do you ever just want to do a "do-over" ?!  ugh....

I'm not sure what I'll do with this blog.  I started it to just help me wrap my head around the diagnosis and to share with friends/family in a place other than facebook.  Then it quickly became a place for me to remember dates during my year of treatment.  I also wanted to help anyone who found my post or mention of resources.  (although I'm sure there are mountains of better information).  In the end, I find that writing helps me deal tremendously with life . .  since I was 9 years old and kept a diary.

Perhaps this is my last post.  At least for now.  Perhaps I'll keep this blog floating in the clouds for awhile.  Be well, Be safe, Be happy

Blessings to you, my friend ~

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Not Again

No, really, it's not happening again.  Thank God!  But, boy, did I have a scare.

I found a new lump and finally called my oncologist and made an appointment.  They got me in same day.  This process (like last time) always happens incredibly fast.  So, I left work early on Thursday and made my way thru the familiar building.  I didn't tell family because I didn't want anyone to needlessly worry.

It was the nurse who did the initial exam and then said that she wanted Doc to see for herself.

Oh, Boy....

I laid there waiting.  Please, Lord, I don't want to go thru this again.

Doc came in and was amazed that I even found the lump.  She said it was "small".  I told her there was pain associated to it too.  I asked her "what do you think?"  Doc looked me in the eyes and softened her tone.  "You're original cancer was small and you've been taking Tamoxifen.  Very unlikely this is cancer.  I think it's scar tissue from the breast reduction.  But, let's go ahead and make sure."

So, I was scheduled for a diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound the next day.

Man, what a flashback that was sitting in the waiting room wearing my "ball gown".  The technician only smashed my left side (thankfully not a full mammogram).

Then the ultrasound.  I watched the screen as this technician meticulously measured the dark matter. Surprisingly, the tech said that she was giving the information to the radiologist who would give me the results before leaving the room.  Good, it's Friday and I didn't want to wait over the weekend for an answer.

So, after she was done, she left the room and again, I laid there remembering that first time (in the same room).  This time, I hung onto the words my oncologist had said the day before.  I wasn't going down that dark path in my mind.

NO! Not again!

And, sure enough, the radiologist confirmed that it was scar tissue that had balled itself up to make it feel like a pea-shaped hard lump.  He said that I would be doing this again in 6 months to monitor the area.

I don't think I can tell you how relieved I am.  You see, this had been detected for a couple months before I finally got the nerve up to make the appointment.

OK, OK, next time I won't wait as long.  And, yes, I'll tell my family beforehand instead of trying to "protect them".


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

# 3 - Anniversary

It's hard to believe! 

December 9, 2011 was the day I received my diagnosis.

December 14, 2012 was my last Herceptin drip and

December 20, 2012 my port was removed.

How can time

feel like yesterday

and also

feel like a life time ago

at the same time?

Thursday, February 20, 2014

I've "Graduated"

On February 11, I had my 3 month visit with my oncologist, Doc Esther.  She was running late and just as she was starting to take my information, a phone call from ICU pulled her back out.  That is definitely more important than my check-up.  So, I tried to occupy myself while waiting.

During the exam, our small talk turned into who we were named after, other names of her siblings and "older" names that aren't used very much.  How many children do you know with the name "Carol"?  Esther is a good Biblical name.

Needless to say, I forgot to tell her the areas that were painful.  I know, I know .... first time I didn't write a list for her. Who am I to try to remember the things I wanted to relay to her?  If it is any consolation, I did remember to show her 2 moles and she said they were nothing to worry about.

Right before she hurried off to the next patient, she said "You've now graduated from 3 month visits to every 6 months".


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Annual Mammogram

On January 13, 2014, I had my "annual" mammogram.  I went back to the place (Reflections) that had originally found my cancer in 2011 ... talk about deja vu! This would make the 2nd mammogram since my diagnosis.  Surgery sites on both breasts and you might ask ... did it hurt?

Yes! Bloody hell it did!

The technician was great though and the intensity only lasted for a bit.  After I left, my mind settled down and I placed all thoughts in a corner shelf in my mind.

On January 21, I received my results via US mail. I must admit that my hands were shaking a tad as I opened the envelope!

When I was diagnosed, I received a phone call a few short days after my mammogram. So this time, when a week passed, I was thinking positive thoughts. Piece of cake ~

Thank you, God, for watching over me!