Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Three Years!

Yesterday was the three-year anniversary of the day I found out I was cancer-free.

I don't even have words to describe what making it to this three year mark means to me.

From the week I first found out that I had TNBC, I set my sights on three years. "Three years", I'd think to myself, "I just need to make it three years". That's because apparently TNBC reoccurs most commonly in the first three years. Yes, there is still a chance of recurrence after three years. but the risk drops a lot at that point and continues to drop sharply.

(Note: now five years is my ultimate prize. I'm throwing one heck of a party in 2018 if God gets me to that date!)

I can't even begin to explain how blessed I feel to have made it to this date. God has truly done so much for me in these three years. So much so, that I recently recorded a video for my church, Grace Church San Diego, to share about what God did for me during the biggest trial of my life and what he continues to do for me. You can watch my video here. It's just 3 minutes long.

Speaking of blessings... my little miracle baby, my "chemo-sabe" is also now three! No more baby; she's 100% kid now. So smart, independent, funny, athletic, and sassy. She makes every day worth living.

August 2016

Our little family of three is healthy, happy, and whole. I feel more peace about life right now than I have in a very, very long time. I truly believe that God gave me that peace and continues to give me that peace. Jesus said "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you." (John 14:27) and Paul said "I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances." Beyond eternal forgiveness and salvation, that's the biggest gift God can give us on this earth, peace and contentment. My prayer is that I could show others that peace through my story.

Note: that's not our dog. Elise just insisted that our friend's dog be in our photo.