Sunday, December 17, 2017

Thoughts About Giving... and a Breast Cancer Recovery Journey Update


Just because it's pretty!

I thought I'd give y'all an update on my breast cancer recovery journey. I am feeling pretty good right now. I finished the main part of my chemo in September. The worst of it is out of my system now. I had a double mastectomy with reconstruction in October. I went through some emotional turmoil after surgery that was exacerbated by the medications, but I am now feeling much better. I'm back on what I call mini-chemo—just one IV drug, and it doesn't seem to affect me in a bad way that I notice. That's a couple hours every three weeks. In January, I'll begin 7 weeks of radiation 5 days a week. I'm also taking a hormone blocking pill now. Fun stuff. The cancer doctor told me that I am in "rare total remission". Praise God! He's good! I've still got a long treatment road ahead of me, but it's been nice to have a few weeks of feeling more like myself during Christmas. It has been a gift.

Suddenly, just being alive is a gift. Conversations with family members that I'd lost touch with are gifts. Living in a safe place where I don't fear is a gift.

Thoughts on Giving:
I gave something away last week that I still enjoyed and wanted to keep. I realized that the family I gave it to would enjoy it far more now than I would if I kept it and used it next month. It was better to give than receive. It was also better to obey. I felt the nudge of the Holy Spirit and couldn't deny it.  
I gave it willingly, and it brought me joy to give it. This experience made me think about what else I have lying around the house that someone else might need or enjoy. I think I'll be giving more things away over the coming weeks—not because I need to clear things out (which I do) but because keeping things that I don't need, don't have a definite plan for, and don't have a reason to keep (joy or good memories), is rather selfish of me.

Well, that's all for now. It's a week until Christmas. 
What gift do you have that you've not even noticed? 

God bless you! Keep your cool. Take this week one day at a time, and enjoy the journey. 

Holiday hugs!
Laura
Enjoying gifts in a new way




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27 comments:

  1. I'm so thrilled to hear that your prognosis is good and that you can hopefully enjoy the holidays as best as possible with your family. You are so right....just being alive is the greatest gift! Last Christmas for me was spent in a recliner recovering from double bypass heart surgery. It was a tough time, but I feel so thankful to be here this year and even more grateful that I feel better enough to enjoy the holidays this year with my family.

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    1. Oh Mandy, I'm so glad you've recovered. May this be a beautiful Christ centered, family and friend filled Christmas for you.
      Hugs,
      Laura

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  2. I am so glad to hear your good report! I know that going through difficult times makes us appreciate the good times even more when they come. We never want hard trials to come, but oh, what God teaches us about Himself when they do.
    Thank you for praying for me. I will continue to pray for you.
    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends!


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    1. Dear Older and Wiser,
      I am six months and 8 days older than my husband. When he remarks about it, I just tell him that I'm six months older and wiser!
      May God bless you and meet your every need—and give you the desires of your heart as you seek Him.
      Happy Christmas,
      Laura

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  3. With God all things are possible. Singing praises for your remission.
    You got this. The worst is over, so just figure what is left is just crumbs. A tiny moment in time for longevity and health.
    Blessings to you and yours.

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    1. You are so right, Cheryl. Thank you for rejoicing with me.
      The doctor said today that the beam itself will only last for
      twenty seconds at a time. Amazing.
      God bless you.
      Happy Christmas,
      Laura

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  4. Sweet Laura, this post brought tears to my eyes. Oh, what a journey you have been on and you have been truly amazing through it all. How I praise God that you are doing better, dear friend. I will continue to pray for you as you press on. What a blessing you are to so many. Much love to you! And Merry Christmas!

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    1. You are always so kind to me Stephanie. It's been a long journey which I wish were complete. Further treatments, while difficult, will be to prevent future cancer from growing in my body. Thank you for your patience with me as I've been fighting this battle. Thank you so much for praying. You are a blessing to me as well.
      God bless you and your family, including your mama and grandmama.
      Happy Christmas,
      Laura

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  5. I'm SO THANKFUL to read of your praise report of being in rare total remission! That is just soo awesome and I am praising the Lord with you! I know it has been such a long journey for you, but believing with you with the verse in your header that the Lord will give you many more years on this earth to be with your family! How wonderful to be nudged by the Holy Spirit how to be a blessing to another family, truly there is no other greater blessing than in giving. Thank you for inspiring with sharing this story and I will pray that the Spirit of the Lord continues to work and bless you in all that you do. I pray that this year the sweet presence of the Lord is very real and powerful in your life, and that it will be the greatest gift of all. Much love to you dear Laura, you are always such a blessing to visit! And I love the new look of your blog :)

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    1. Thank you Marilyn! You've been one of my best cheerleaders through all this.
      The story has touched my heart every year that I've shared it. It's just like
      no other I've read, but I've seen the LORD's hand like that in my life.
      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
      Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

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  6. Praise God that you are in remission, but it is not rare. It is God's gift of life to you! Enjoy the week ahead!

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    1. You're so right Carol! Thank you for reminding me. Enjoy the life ahead!
      Happy Christmas!
      Laura

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  7. I'm glad that you are recovering so well and I get to here from you. It's been a hard road but I'm always amazed how strong you are. You are always in my prayers.

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    1. Thank you, Vickie. You've been an excellent cheer leader through this process. I don't feel strong, but I know WHO is. He loves us so much, He carries our burdens if we let Him.
      Happy Christmas,
      Laura

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  8. I am so thankful to hear that you are in rare and total remission, Laura!!! Praise GOD!!! That is amazing news...they may think it is rare, but we know what God can do! So grateful to hear this today!!

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    1. Miracles are not rare with God. Praying for you and yours this evening.
      Grab onto the good, release the bad thoughts and memories. You're
      still making memories with your Zach and Kevin. Make them as good
      as you can. A few years ago, my husband's mom died unexpectedly right
      before Thanksgiving. It was hard, but we went on with celebrations to
      honor her as well as to honor our LORD.
      Hugs to you darling,
      Laura

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  9. That's such good news! I will keep praying for you- that you'll coast through the rest of this like an Olympic luge!

    Blessings to you, Laura!

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    1. Dear Debby,

      Thank you so much for praying. The radiology oncologist thinks that I will do well with the
      treatments. He said I can expect burning and fatigue. Not looking forward to either of those
      things. I sunburn easily. I'm going to pray that God will put a shield around me to protect my
      skin, healthy tissue, implants, and most importantly my heart and lungs.
      By the way, I'm a big gal. I probably can go down the luge pretty fast!

      Hugs,
      Laura

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  10. Lovely to hear you are doing so well! Years ago, I heard a sermon that spoke about how easy it is to give away things you no longer want or need, but it is important to give away things that are still precious to you. Sounds like that gift of spirit has engulfed you at this best of all seasons! Merry, Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New Year!!!

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    1. Yes, I think it has. I've been looking around and seeing things that I may still enjoy,
      but someone else might need more right now. I need to find the right balance.
      Merry Christmas to you dear lady!
      Laura

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  11. So thankful to hear your good report. Praise the Lord. Have a blessed and beautiful Christmas!

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  12. Dear Laura, Praise God! I'm thankful to hear of your good report.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!


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    1. Thank you Laurie. Happy Christmas to you and yours!

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  13. Praising God for His gift of remission for you! I am overjoyed for your precious gift this Christmas season. I pray you will tolerate the radiation and not be burned and your organs will be safe. He is able!

    My gift that I just did not expect is peace with our daughter's family serving in Germany. When they went we were left without any family within 250 miles but at the same time He gave us the amazing gift of new friends who are closer in spirit than our kids most of the time. God is so amazing!

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    1. Oh Lana, what a treasured gift from the LORD. He is so good to put us in families. I wish our own families were always like minded, but often friends are more so. God makes new alliances for us. I'm glad you're finding peace.
      Hugs to you my dear,
      Laura

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  14. Laura, I am so happy to hear that you are doing well! The good Lord certainly does hear and answer prayers. You are definitely a giving soul! Thanks for sharing with SYC. Merry Christmas!
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Dear Jann,
      I just checked your BB FB page and didn't see any updates. I do hope
      all is well with you. I can't say I've put anything on Harvest Lane Cottage
      FB for awhile. Guess I better get to that. I feel like I've been distaracted
      since I found the lump on April 22nd. It's just been such a ride. I'm sure
      you feel the same.
      Hugs to you, hope all goes well with the packing away of the twinkling fun
      decorations.
      Your friend,
      Laura

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Thank you for praying for me! Thank you for encouraging me so much through this cancer treatment. I have the best blog friends in the world! Yes! You!

I read all your comments and respond as I can right now.
Please make sure I have your email if you want me to respond or pray for you. For some reason Blogger isn't notifying me of comments right now, so I may be a bit slower.

God bless you all! This life only works with Jesus. The next life is a continuation of this one—make sure you spend it with Jesus. Jesus is the only way to God the Father!

Your blog friend,
Laura Lane
Cancer Survivor