Ever since I was diagnosed, I have learned about so many people going through similar struggles. Although it breaks my heart for them to have to endure something like this, I am also so thankful for the advice and encouragement so many have provided to me. I only pray that I can give that same hope and encouragement to others.
Just this past weekend, a sorority sister of mine (Mallorie Dye) sent me another package in the mail. It included 2 wigs, wig care products, several bandanas, and 2 beautiful scarves. Mallorie won her fight against Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma this past November and has been so helpful to me through all of this. She was truly an inspiration to me from the beginning because I had read her blog throughout her entire battle. She had given me encouragement without even knowing. Now, I can call her anytime with any sort of question and she always gives me the information I need. I am so thankful for people like her.
Last Friday I began losing my hair. I thought I was prepared for this but I guess you can never truly be prepared for something so dramatic. I met a girl just a few years older than me last week at chemo. She was undergoing her third round of treatment for breast cancer and had a beautiful scarf on her head. I asked her when she lost her hair and she told me that it was right after her second round of treatment. She told me what to expect and so I knew it was coming soon. However, it was a rough couple of days. I still haven’t shaved my head yet, but I am sure I will sometime this week.
I have definitely had days where I feel like the only person in the world going through something so tragic. It’s times like these where I try to put things into perspective and count my blessings. I may lose my hair, but it will grow back. I may have to stay confined in my house to avoid getting an infection, but I have a wonderful family that is willing to care for me every step of the way. And even when I’m all alone, I know that God is holding my hand every step of the way.
I have been doing the weekly studies for my Beth Moore bible study and one of the verses this week was Galations 2:20 which states “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” This spoke to me because although my body is going through so many things right now, Christ is still living through me and if I have faith in Him, I can endure.
Thanks again for all the prayers! Our God is a wonderful and gracious God. This round has been easier than the last and I can only pray that they continue to get easier. For all of you that are going through struggles of your own, know that I am praying for you as well and you are not alone.