So, how do you tell people you’ve just been diagnosed with a serious illness? Well, if you’re me, you hand them flowers as they’re leaving your birthday party, thank them for coming & say, “Oh and by the way, I have cancer.” Or you call some of your dearest on your actual birthday & break it to them. Either way, loads of fun!
Fortunately, there was actually plenty of funny. We told our families & my work right after we got the diagnosis, but I had a dinner for a dear friend and my birthday dinner that weekend, so we had all decided to hold off on sharing beyond family. I wanted T’s dinner to be about her & I wanted to enjoy, even if just for a moment longer, a little suspended disbelief for my birthday. (Because nothing says, “Happy 40th birthday!” like a cancer diagnosis! Boo hiss!) I hadn’t actually planned to tell people at my party, but several of my close girlfriends had been praying over me and when my sweet brother gave me an extra-long hug that brought some mist to my eyes a few of the girls caught on. So I told my friends & Clark offered his breast tumor finding services just to make it a little more awkward! (Ridiculous man!)
The good news is: I’m going to reach my goal weight. No gym required. And insurance will be covering that breast reduction I’ve always wanted! The even better news is I have an amazing group of family & friends supporting me through all of the in-between bits. The best news is God is good, God is in control and God loves us. All. Of. The. Time. None of this came as a surprise to Him. There is not one rogue molecule in the entire universe. So, no matter where this journey takes me, I’m covered. I’m thankful to be able to rest in this truth. “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning. Great is thy faithfulness!” Lamentations 3:22-23