Sunday, April 26, 2009
Having spent most of my life in South Louisiana, I have not experienced too many cold winters. Now that I reside in the cold Midwest, I have experienced truly frigid temperatures. This past winter was probably the coldest I have ever experienced in the twelve winters that I have lived here. Our coldest day this winter had an actual temperature of -25 degrees F. and there were many more days that were almost as cold. It is now late April and we are now finally truly warming up. Winter's chill seemed to not want to go away this season.
Cancer's cold chill never seems to end either, at least from the time of diagnosis until remission. Sometimes it seems as though there will never be sunny, warm days ever again, but I am writing this to tell you that it does end. Sometimes the Lord chooses to take our loved one to Heaven taking his/her suffering away. This is perfect healing that only God can do. Sometimes cancer allows our loved one to remain here on earth, but with an altered body. So many people that I know and love have undergone cancer treatment that has left them with other conditions or diseases. The last and best result of cancer and the treatment for cancer is total remission with little or no new condition or disease. The result of my husband's treatment was this or so it appears.
Believe me, I realize that cancer can come back with a vengeance so I live with that thought in the back of my mind every day. I am now also thinking of a friend that had lymphoma that almost killed him almost 20 years ago. To this day the lymphoma has never returned. For now, my husband is well. He returned to his very physical job just one month after having a stem cell transplant. God has truly done a miracle. Winter's cold chill is gone and so is cancer's cold chill in our family.