“That Which Does Not Kill Us Makes Us Stronger”

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 JANE SEABROOK is an illustrator and designer who authored this cartoon and  lives in Auckland , New Zealand . In recent years, her artwork has focused on paintings of wildlife for the Fury Logic series of books. She shares her life with her husband, two teenage children, and a growing menagerie of assorted animals. 
Good morning! 
I appreciate all the prayers, the support and encouragement from you guys in the comments section of my blog, and all the many ways folks have reached out to my family and I during this journey.  Thank you!  🙂   I am feeling and doing super-terrific right now, woohoo!  By God’s help and grace, over the last six months  I’ve been working hard at losing the weight I put on during treatment (most of the excess weight has come off with a 100% raw vegan plan–still am trying to plug away on the remaining extra baggage inside and out).  I’ve been getting physically fit and healthy again and doing lots of walking, biking, and rebounding. Just like everybody else,  I’m still a work in progress with tons of room to grow in so many ways.  I see more clearly  than ever that I want to run to Jesus when I am stressed:  not to chocolate, sugar, or junk.  God has so much better for me than emotional eating.   I am weak but He is strong.
Surgery, chemo, radiation, and a year of every 21 days Herceptin are behind me and I am now on Tamoxifen (a hormone blocker) for 5 years.   All this being said, I see cancer as a sneaky, doesn’t- play -fair thief in the shadows.  Doctors don’t say “cured” in relation to anybody’s cancer anymore: they say “NED” (No evidence of disease).  So many with cancer are plagued with reoccurrences and I personally know some dealing with heavy-duty metastasis, which is pretty sobering stuff.  The nature of the beast of breast cancer is to travel and try and take over new territory in the brain, lungs, bones, liver, etc.  Nobody knows what causes cancer  or how to truly address it’s root cause.  There is a lot of uncertainty involved revolving around a cancer diagnosis and it’s treatment. Maybe reoccurrence will happen for me, maybe it won’t.  I’m rooting for the free-from-every-trace-of-cancer for the rest of my life route. 🙂  I’m trying to take good care of myself and  I  use Scripture and  “cancer fightin’ words” to replace stinkin’ thinkin’ as well as battle anxious thoughts when they pop up and I see I need to choose wisely what I think about.  God surely is what life is all about.

“God gave you a gift of 86, 400 seconds today.  Have you used one to say ‘Thank you’”? (William Ward )Lord, every single gift comes from You…“Lift my gaze to see life from Your perspective. Help me to understand-and treasure-every good thing You send…”(From James 1:7)   My running list of His One Thousand Gifts to me:  http://www.aholyexperience.com/ 

Just 100 to go for my first 1000 gifts recorded!



900. Phil 4:13 did me a world of good yesterday as I considered throughout the day  how the fact that I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me  applies in ALL areas of my life http://jpoliver.com/wordpress/archives/1140
901. These are the questions and answers it boils down to for me:
“Will I trust God completely through whatever He allows in my life”?  Yes I will.
“Who is in charge and complete control around here?”  God, that’s Who.
“What am I supposed to do with thoughts of fear, doubt, worry as I see so many in the grips of cancer reoccurrences”?  Bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ and recognize the truth of a whole Bible full of verses teaching me how He wants me to live.  I am not going to die one day before God lovingly brings me Home to Heaven and what a great day that’ll be!
903 .  Have you surrendered to despair because of your past or the inevitable situations in your life? Stop it! The greatest days of your life are before you. The past is over. Stop living life looking in the rear view mirror. Look forward. Press on! The best is yet to be, God never consults your past to determine your future.”–Hagee
904.   From the excellent book “When God and Cancer Meet” by Lynn Eib:
“I hate the term ‘cancer victim’ .  It somehow implies cancer is the victor.  It wins; we lose… While we can do little to choose whether we get cancer, we can do a lot to choose whether we are it’s victims.  I don’t just mean whether we live or die.  I mean how cancer affects us in the deepest parts of who we are.  I believe cancer cannot conquer our spirit unless we choose to become victims .”   
905. Psalm 57:10  “For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.”
Gratefully His,
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3 Responses to “That Which Does Not Kill Us Makes Us Stronger”

  1. DAD O says:

    Right on, Paula !! You are an inspiration walking……Please continue to remind us what God can and does provide for us. YOUR support for Kelley during her blizzard of medical miseries and general uncertainties is most appreciated . Thank you

  2. Paula says:

    Dad O, you are so encouraging–thanks so much! God has good plans for Kelley and I both as well as all of us as we walk with Him, hanging on tight to Him through the storms when they come.

    Love yas bunches and bunches! Praying for you guys too,

  3. Kathy Geiger says:

    Thanks for the update. You are courageous and an inspiration to us all. I enjoy your continued thanksgiving and blog. Please keep it up if life does not overtake you. You really give me things to think about. God bless. Kathy

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