Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Same Couch...Nine Months Later

Today was a special day for me.  It was a day I never saw coming nine months ago...
I  agreed to be interviewed about my cancer experience.  So lights were set up in my family room and my blouse was rigged with a microphone.  Right when I was about to answer the first question, my doorbell rang.  It was my girlfriend.  She was returning some books she had borrowed.  She saw that my family room looked like a tv studio, so she quickly left and I told her I’d call her when I was finished.  When I did, I told her I was being interviewed.  By Oprah.  There was silence on the phone.  If she could have seen me, she would have seen that my nose was growing.  A lot.  I was lying.  But it was fun.  I was actually being interviewed by Cedar’s cancer center.  
I was asked about a dozen questions.  "Were you surprised at the strength you found to get through cancer?" "What has been the single most powerful moment during your treatment?" 
"What made you laugh out loud during your journey?"
I thought once the camera’s little red light went on, I would be like Cindy Brady and freeze.  But I was actually able to speak in complete sentences.  Who knew? 
The most pivotal moment of the interview was when I reflected back on how we told the kids I had cancer.  I remember sitting on the couch and telling them that I was sick.  It then dawned on me as I was answering the question that I was sitting in the exact same place on the couch nine months later -- now free of ovarian cancer.  With lights in my eyes.  Talking into a microphone.  Telling my story as a survivor.  Helping others to navigate this thing called cancer. 

I find I try to teach little life lessons to my kids any chance I get.  
Cancer will do that to you, I guess.  

So I want our couch to serve as a reminder that "this too shall pass"  and "all things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them."

God can change any and every aspect of your life.  He's the ultimate lemonade maker.  And He asks that we are sensitive to others and helpful to those who are weak.
Is there anything in your life that you can share that would help others?  
Do you share your faith?  Your heart?  Your past? 
Extend your hand and share your heart.  
Who knows whose lives you can change on your couch 
in the next nine months.

1 comment:

  1. Oh how glad I am that we "met" here in blog-land. :)

    This post speaks to everything in me. Those who have not walked in the valley themselves often question why God would use "bad things" to bring us to Him (and that alone is a WHOLE other topic, right?) but those who have done the valley-walking know that considering the new-found or renewed closeness they now have with God is so precious that they can honestly say they would now not go back and change a thing.

    Sometimes only the ones in the midst of the suffering are able to understand and sense the peace and grace that He provides. And this is normal, I think, since those not doing the suffering really aren't the ones in need of that level of peace/grace anyway. ;)

    So really, many times the questioning of God comes from those not even doing the suffering. This is why many times, we visit someone who is ill and leave saying THEY ministered more to US than we did to THEM. :)

    Thank you so much for this blog, for your story, for your beautiful witness of all that God is has done and is doing in you.

    I passed on your blog to my sis and told her about the book. You rock. :)