" I have to tell you, you have a very rare type of rectal melanoma."
At least, this is how I remember the doctor delivering the diagnosis. What followed was 30 seconds or so of "blah, blah, blah, blah, blah……." and as he started making sense again, I began to get the gist of what he was telling me.
That appointment was on Friday, March 28, 2014. After that came a whirlwind of tests, scans and appointments with specialists to determine whether or not the cancer had spread to other regions, all leading up to surgery on April 17, 2014.
I considered writing a blog about this journey since that Friday in March, but procrastination, one of my finer tuned skills, kept me from getting started. And then, I received my inspiration while reading the blog of my friend Cindy Verheul, who was herself recently inspired after another blog by Houzz with these three words, "why not now?"
Indeed, why NOT now?
Now is as good a time as any.
Definitely there have been moments of fear and uncertainty over the last few months, but honestly, it wasn't all bad. Through it all I've been blessed with a conscientious and skilled medical team, the kindness of wonderful friends, strengthening of family relationships, the support of my fantastic church family, and the deepening of my faith in God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit).
I decided that I would face this interruption of my relatively smooth sailing life with determination and perseverance knowing I had the support and love from everyone listed in the previous paragraph. I've found the following scripture verse offers strength, purpose and encouragement in dealing head on with all that's come my way this season.
"And let us run with perseverance, the race marked out for us,
Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith."
~ Hebrews 12: 1b-2a NIV
I'll be writing about my personal experience and you are welcome to follow along. I do not fancy myself a writer. I am neither theologian nor medical expert. But, I AM an expert on my own journey. After all, I've been witness to it for the entire ride.