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What is the first thing you think about when you hear the word cancer? I think for most people, hearing it uttered from a white coated professional, the following thoughts are typical: What kind of cancer is it? Was it caught in the early or late stages? And then finally, Is it terminal? If yes, how much longer?
No one hopes to ever hear such an utterance. But, none of us are promised a life without suffering. And sometimes that suffering comes by way of a cancer diagnosis and the battle for life, thereafter. But even so, we do have this one thing-a hope that does not disappoint. We trust God’s character, and do not accuse Him, for we know He has not caused our sickness and loves us perfectly. We ask for the healing we know He is able to give and resolve to be faithful even if the sickness does not depart. We find comfort in the resilience of His love, as we feel Him tenderly grasp our hand in the midst of the fire, which burns without destroying us.
This week, and in the weeks to come, we write for you-the sisters who will sit across from a white coated professional and hear the word cancer. More specifically, those of you who will receive a diagnosis of colorectal cancer.
What is colorectal cancer?
Colorectal cancer is an abnormal growth of cells, which begins in the colon or rectum. These small clumps of cells dwell in the lining of the colon and are called polyps. Those polyps, at first benign, have the potential to develop into cancer if not removed. (https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/colon-cancer/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20353674).
What stage is the cancer in?
Cancer stages are numbered 1- 4. “The stage of a cancer describes its size and whether it has spread. Knowing the stage of the cancer helps doctors decide on the best treatment for you. The most commonly used staging system is the TNM system.” (https://www.macmillan.org.uk/cancer-information-and-support/bowel-cancer/staging-and-grading-of-bowel-cancer). Watch this video by The Cancer Treatment Centers of America describing the TNM staging of cancer and the subsequent treatments that may follow based on the stage determination:
Other Things to Keep in Mind
Beloved, there is hope and hope has a name and it is Jesus.
We pray that when the shock and fear seek to drown you, that He will erect a standard that allows you to breathe in the sweet air of His salvation. We pray that when the thoughts of past, present and future converge upon your contemplation of your mortality, that you will find His stead authoritative whisper stilling the storm-steadying your heart. We pray that no matter how tumultuous the journey, you will have the courage to pursue life. We pray that God’s kindness and comfort will surround you in the flesh and bones of loved ones-friends you’ve held dear and even new ones. We pray that knowledge, wisdom and understanding will be granted to those who treat you-that they will be instructed by the Great Physician about how to care for you. We pray that all human obedience to the Holy Spirit’s leading will be made profitable by God’s grace and power, to the end of life and life more abundantly. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Happy temple building!
Carolyn Sinclair McCalla is a daughter of God who believes that as we seek the truth of God's Word, and humble ourselves to live in agreement with it, that we will experience the transformation which allows us to enter wholistic wellness: spirit, soul and body. She is the Founder and President of EarthBasic and leads its Be-Held Community: a group of women seeking, living and being transformed by the truth of God’s Word together. She is excited about this addition to the Be-Held Community, which will provide loving, sustainable, Christ-centered and well researched resources to support women in cultivating a life of wholistic self-care: spirit, soul, and body, which will in turn equip them to bless the generations in their care.