Posts Tagged ‘cancer’

I recently came across the following, and it touched me, so I wanted to share it will you all:

Mary is loved and thought of by everyone…

Just today her daughter thought about taking her to the doctor, her old friend thought about taking her shopping, her granddaughter almost stopped by for a visit, and her neighbour almost took her dinner.

Mary almost got that much needed doctor’s visit…she almost got some much needed groceries…she almost had the first visitor in months…and she almost had a hot meal.

Mary almost knew how much everyone loved and thought about her before she passed away…alone.

Make sure you don’t “almost” do thing…because it may be “almost too late”.

I’ve been sadly reminded yet again this week just how fragile life is because, for the second time in a week we received the devastating news that a member of our family had died suddenly. As the following quote says, it’s just as well we don’t know what’s round the corner!

None of us knows what might happen even the next minute, yet still we go forward. Because we trust. Because we have Faith ~ Paulo Coelho

Yes, the breath I’m taking right now, may be my last, but should I ponder this thought and never again do anything useful or positive for either myself or anyone else? No, I must keep going…not because I can’t face the moment when I take my last breath, but simply because I believe God is with me every moment of every day, and I know He will be there when I do take my final breath.

Life throws us some really difficult situations at times – Situations which, at times, may make us want to just give up. However when our faith is strong, nothing, not even the worst situations and circumstances that life throws our way, can shake our belief that God is with us through it all.

So keep going. Trust God.

I’ve tended to steer away from the subject of death in my blog posts, but having attended a funeral last week of yet another of my husband’s relatives that has been killed prematurely by cancer, I felt I wanted to say a few words today about how we remember those who have died.

I recently read the following statement by Pericles:

What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.

Isn’t that a lovely thought?

I know I personally remember those who were close to me, but have died, are remembered for what they did and what they achieved during their short time here on earth. I for one, have completely forgotten what was written on their gravestones. This just goes to confirm that after we’re gone, it’s what we’ve done during our life that people will remember us for, rather than what’s on our gravestone.

So live your life to the full today, because we know the day, the hour or the second that we may take our last breath.

Due to various events and conversations in the last couple of days, I’ve been vividly reminds that although at times in these last few years I’ve felt like my troubles are never-ending and overwhelming, compared to so many others, I am having a very wonderful and trouble-free life!

Sometimes I think we (I mean me!) get so caught up in our own circumstances and problems, that we forget about all the blessings we have in our lives, and how well off we are compared with so many others.

Just a couple of days ago we were shocked to hear of the passing of one of my hubby’s cousins who was only 50 years old. She’d been battling against cancer, but following completion of a course of chemotherapy had seemed to be doing ok. I’ve lost count now of the number of people in my hubby’s family who have died prematurely from cancer (this includes his Dad and his younger sister), so when I even consider this I realise how fortunate I am to still have all my immediate family here with me, albeit many with their own health issues.

So today, although I type this with a heavy heart as my mind is constantly thinking of our cousin’s family as they mourn the death of a wife and mother, I thank God for all the wonderful blessings He gives me each day. I pray that I will never take God’s love for me for granted and that I may take a few minutes every day just to thank Him for all the wonderful things He does for me and those I love.

Let’s not get caught up in our own lives. Let’s thank God for the love He shows us each day. Let’s remember all those who are facing difficulties in their lives and remember that there’s always someone worse off than ourselves.

We’ve all heard of D-Day but what is C-Day?

Well it’s my name for a day none of us ever want to have to face…a day when we, or a loved one receive that devastating news that they have cancer – the “C” of C-Day!

Thankfully I have never had a C-Day for me or any of my immediate family, so I cannot imagine what being told you (or a loved one) has cancer. My hubby though has been in that unenviable situation several times as both his dad and his sister have fought and ultimately lost their battle with cancer.

I never knew my hubby’s dad, however it did know his sister. Unfortunately I never really got a chance to get to know her very well as she had already been diagnosed with cancer when I first meet her. So the few years that I knew her were tough ones for her as she was often very ill and in pain, therefore trying to build a relationship during these times was difficult. Though I’d like to think that she appreciated my prayers for her and her family during those difficult times.

That’s my bad experiences of C-Day, but having a C-Day is far from being the certain death sentence it once was, particularly with certain types of cancers, and how early they are diagnosed. I have had two close friends and know of four others, who over the last 10-15 years have been diagnosed with some form of cancer, and all of them are still enjoying a happy and healthy life.

Don’t get me wrong I am far from trivialising cancer, as I know there are still many people who are diagnosed with cancer who don’t survive. However what I am trying to say is, medical science has improved over the years so the percentage survival rates of those diagnosed with cancer have improved greatly.

Like many illnesses, I think cancer for many is just as hard for the patient’s family and friends to cope with as the patient themselves. I know certainly when I was really ill a few years ago, I always felt those around me were having just a tough a time as I was, dealing with it.

Cancer doesn’t care who it affects, young old, believer or non believer. Every day there is someone out there facing a C-Day.

So today I’d ask that we all spend some time praying for those battling cancer, their families and their friends. Please pray for healing for those with cancer, and strength for those supporting those with cancer. Also those caring for cancer sufferer need our prayers too, they do an excellent job, but one which must be so distressing for them at time, but also so rewarding when those they’ve treated are given “the all clear”.

My thoughts and prayers go out today to all affected by cancer, now or in the past. Please remember God can be your strength through these very difficult and distressing times.

One song which I always turn to when I am really struggling is Praise You In This Storm by Casting Crowns, I hope the words strike a chord with you today:

Praise You In This Storm by Casting Crowns

I was sure by now,God, that You would have reached down
and wiped our tears away,
stepped in and saved the day.
But once again, I say amen
and it’s still raining
as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain,
“I’m with you”
and as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise
the God who gives and takes away.

Chorus:
And I’ll praise you in this storm
and I will lift my hands
for You are who You are
no matter where I am
and every tear I’ve cried
You hold in your hand
You never left my side
and though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I remember when I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry to You
and raised me up again
my strength is almost gone how can I carry on
if I can’t find You
and as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
“I’m with you”
and as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise
the God who gives and takes away

Chorus

I lift my eyes onto the hills
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth
I lift my eyes onto the hills
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth

Chorus

Cancer Prayer Request

Posted: April 27, 2009 in life, pray
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I had planned on posting about something entirely different tonight, but having received a prayer request to pray for someone who who has gone back into hospital today for further cancer treatment, it put my other thoughts way to the back of my mind.

Cancer is still one of the major killers in the UK, despite the advances in early diagnosis and treatment methods. I think everyone of us at some time in our lives have either known or known of someone who has been diagnosed with cancer. Many of us will have lost friends or family to cancer.

So today I ask your prayers for Andy who is currently going through a course of chemotherapy to treat cancer in his lungs. In a little over a year he has already had a course of chemo, a knee replacement due to bone cancer and radiotherapy.
Read more about Andy or checkout Andy’s own blog.

Please also pray for all who are fighting against cancer and for their families and friends who are supporting them through their illness. In addition pray for the doctors/nurses/hospital staff who care for those with cancer.

And finally, support one of the many cancer charities by giving of your money, your time…whatever you can, every little bit helps.

Thank you. 🙂

Here are a few of the many cancer charities: