Don't you wish all storms in life gave us warning? Not the natural storms, but the storms that come against us from the enemy, from living in a broken world, from reaping what we sow. Yeah. Those kind of storms.
No matter the storm....natural or supernatural....we have the One who calms the storms walking with us. We may be tossed about for a while, we may be shaken, we may face tempest winds and beating rain or rising waters and even heavy snow, but we are never alone in what we face. Nope. Never.
Today I had treatment number 13, with 18 left to go. My energy has been good, but I have developed a few crusty bumpy sores from the skin's reaction to the radiation on the upper breast and along the scar where the nodes were removed. Those are not an issue, but the sore area of my breast that is more tender than the rest is getting more challenging. I keep standing on the promise that God gave me the day I found out I would need radiation...."I will be your wrap around shield".
My sister who walked this journey last year had no issues.....but the techs told me that what I am experiencing is "common". Each person is unique, according to the skin, breast size, and where the cancer was located. Although they do radiate the whole breast. SO, we went shopping an found me a humongous sweatshirt to wear at home when I go bra-less. I am kind of old to be a hippie.....giggle....but I am willing to do what is necessary on my part while believing God will be my shield.
The treatments are getting easier, with less mapping to do, with the lasers lining up.....We drive the 8-10 minutes to the cancer center using our cancer permit to park close by. We walk in, Joel get's coffee and I go back into radiology, going into the women's dressing room, getting a gown and robe, then heading into the dressing stall, undressing from the waist up, hanging my clothes in a locker and then going into the waiting room to sit with Joel until they come get me.
My Daily Attire: Gowns and robes
Coffee and the newspaper
Storms. They will come. Some with notice, some without. But in the storm we are never alone. They come, but they also go. Jesus says, "Be still" and even nature obeys Him. He is our shield. He is our wrap around shield!