Needless to say, it’s been a looooooong time since I’ve written a blog! I haven’t forgotten about my faithful followers who may like to know what’s going on since my cancer journey. However, it’s kind of been another crazy year and I haven’t really wanted to write about the upsets this year has brought. Now that God has shown me His perfect plan, I thought I would fill you in on just how awesome He is!
I will try to briefly update you on what has been going on in my life this year. In January, I started working as a graduate physical therapist at Stillwater Medical Center. I thought I had it made. I moved back home with mom and dad to save a little money, thinking I would move out after I had enough saved. I took my national licensure exam at the end of January and didn’t pass. 😦 While I was very disappointed, I knew it wasn’t the end of the world. I started studying again in the evenings, when I got home from work and on weekends and decided to take the exam again at the end of April. Once again, I did not pass. 😦 It gets worse…when you are working under a temporary license, you can no longer work under that license if you fail the exam twice in a row. Therefore, I had to quit my job as a graduate physical therapist.
I remember thinking my whole world was crashing down at this point. I was given the opportunity to continue to work part-time at Stillwater Medical Center as a receptionist for an oncology office. I decided to do this as well as do some shadowing at a local outpatient clinic where I used to work to get a little more experience in that area. From May-October my weekly schedule looked like this: work 9-12, study 1-5. Yes, it got very monotonous and boring!! However, I knew I had to keep after it to attain my goal of becoming a physical therapist. I also decided to wait 6 months from my last test to give me a little more time to prepare this time.
I took the exam again on October 30 in Wichita, KS. Another thing I forgot to mention is that Oklahoma has a crazy rule where you can only take the exam 3 times before they don’t let you take it anymore. Therefore, I decided to go somewhere that doesn’t have a limit to how many times you can take it. My mom and I went up the night before and got a hotel room and I studied a little more that evening. Wouldn’t you know it, I started getting a cold that night before my exam? I took the exam the next day and came out of there feeling like there was no way on earth I passed it. I felt miserable from my head cold and the exam just seemed like the hardest one I had taken yet. Even after all that studying!
I knew that at this point all I could do was pray! I kept praying to God that if he would let me pass this exam, I would go anywhere He wanted me to go. To find out if you passed or not, you have to log into this website about a week after the exam. Well exactly a week after I was prepared to look that evening when I got home from work. I was sitting in my office that afternoon just about sick because I was prepared to see the word “failed” on my computer screen again. However, I got an email from the lady who registered me for the exam in Kansas before I even left work saying “Brittany, I sent your passing scores in the mail today.” I immediately emailed her back and said “passing scores? does this mean I passed??” She said yes, of course and I couldn’t help but start crying. I was so emotionally overwhelmed. How could God be sooooo good?!
I’ve heard a million times that God’s timing is perfect but let’s be honest, sometimes you just get frustrated waiting on Him. 🙂 I can honestly say that I will forever appreciate my physical therapy degree due to the wait. I’m not exactly sure why He didn’t let me pass the first time but I’ve been blessed by the process. About a month before my exam, I got a call from Integris Baptist Hospital in OKC. I had applied at an Integris in Edmond way back in December when I was applying for jobs the first time. They had my resume on file and wanted to interview me for a job. Well, with my test still being a month away, they decided to hire someone else. However, I got another call from them a couple of days before my test saying they had a position open in Edmond (the place I originally applied). They interviewed me the Tuesday following my test and hired me the day I found out I passed. Can we just say God is good?
I didn’t even have to apply for jobs this time around. God was faithful in providing exactly where He wanted me. I will be starting a job as a physical therapist at Integris Health in Edmond, OK in a few weeks. I will be working outpatient and inpatient. I am so very excited about this opportunity. Edmond is about 45 minutes from Stillwater and only 15 minutes from OKC. I will drive from Stillwater until after Christmas and then probably make the move to Edmond. While it still seems a little scary to move by myself, I have to trust that God is going to be with me every step of the way. I was on my way home from visiting a friend during her chemo session yesterday and heard the song “Not for a Moment” by Meredith Andrews. It’s one of my favorite songs but my favorite part of it states “When I thought you were a thousand miles away, not for a moment did you forsake me.” It’s so true. At times we often think that God has forgotten about us, but really He is there providing for us blessing after blessing. I stand amazed. Thank you once again for the many prayers. He heard every one of them.
One of the verses I really relied on during this past year was Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” We have to trust in hard times that He knows exactly what He is doing. I have a CT scan on December 2 and I would greatly appreciate your prayers. I will give an update after that. I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a very Merry Christmas.