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Every month we choose a theme with which to honor Christ and become closer to Him. We then create a project to reflect that theme and boldly post it on our blogs so that the whole world sees that even our talents belong to Him! This month's theme is Whom Shall I Fear. Won't you come join us and be inspired?!
Fear is a crippling thing. I like to think that fear and worry are sins. You might think that is harsh but for me they are things that show a lack of faith. I know that bad things happen to good people but I also know that God has given us promises. You may recognize my layouts from another hop I did about Melanoma but it is perfect for this hop. Just the mere sound of the word CANCER and fear is struck in the hearts of man.
When my husband Jim was diagnosed with Melanoma he literally beat the dashboard all the way home. Slammed on the brakes, hit the gas pedal..I thought I was going to die just because of his behavior while driving that car. But when someone tells you that you have Stage 4......Stage FOUR cancer and that cancer is Melanoma the mind immediately turns negative and believes the worst. Quite frankly I don't know how I would have handled it had I not had my faith to fall back on. Oddly enough I never felt it was a death sentence but then again it was not MY cancer. We were referred to an oncologist who specialized in this kind of cancer and the day we met him I knew we were going to be OK. He had pioneered a process of following the path of the drainage to the lymph nodes by using nuclear medicine. It was injected all around the wound and then images were taken showing it's path. His mole was on his left shoulder so you would think that it would drain to the nodes under his left arm but that was not always the case so to be certain this procedure was done. They removed the sentinel node and a couple close by to test. Only the first node, the sentinel node, the one that stands guard for the others, had any cancer in it and it was just the tip.
The mole itself had been removed in the plastic surgeons office so Jim still had to undergo surgery around the area to remove any potential cancer tissue. Originally they were going to have to take a skin graft from his leg to cover the shoulder wound area. Having worked construction his upper body was very strong and they decided to make about an 8 in incision instead of a smaller one..That would allow them to close the wound without having to do a skin graft, thus preventing possible infection. All of this was 14 years ago and praise God , Jim is still here and still cancer free! After the surgery he went into a study program and was chosen to not have to take any medicines or any treatments and his Melanoma was downgraded to a Stage 3 allowing us to be able to keep our insurance.
I am going to post my layout now and if you click on the pictures you should be able to read the journaling detailing our story.
Here is your list of blogs to visit:
Vicki - http://mawmawsthoughts.blogspot.com
Carolyn - http://messmuddleandfun.blogspot.com/
Dolores - http://scrapperinnewyork.blogspot.com/
I hope that you can find something along the way in this hop to inspire you, drive you, give you hope..Just know that God is good and relying on Him is the answer to getting through your fears.. Next you will visit Carolyn at http://messmuddleandfun.blogspot.com/.