The idea of blogging and creating my own brand is new to me, although I have been journaling for many years. I am basically a private person, so sitting in front of a blank screen and wondering what to say to people I may know – but probably don’t – is intimidating!
So I decided to start by telling you what I call my Romans 8:28 story.
October, 2014, I found out that I had melanoma. I was diagnosed at stage three. For someone who has enjoyed good health all my life this came as a shock. The ensuing medical information I had to learn and medical procedures I went through were an absolute tsunami for me. Not only was it overwhelming; but I felt as if I was living someone else’s life – not my own.
It was simply unreal!
The times in life that I have grown the most in my faith and as a person are situations like this. I never would have asked for this to happen. In fact, if God had told me ahead of time, I would have said no thanks and run screaming in the other direction.
Again, I never would have asked for this to happen, but I would not give up what I have learned or how I have grown through such a potentially life-shattering experience for anything in the world. As Romans 8:28 states: “And we know that all that happens to us is working for our good if we love God and are fitting into his plans.”
I am now five months out from my last chemo session and two months away from my first post chemo MRI and CT scan. Here’s where I am at this moment. . .
I have a new appreciation for being alive and just getting to wake up every morning.
My response to the casual and mostly perfunctory “how are you is”, “sassy and cancer free”! This usually elicits a smile and sometimes a request to hear my story.
I am happy to share with those who are interested, because the story is not all about me. It is how God weaves together all the circumstances in my life, the ones I like and the ones I don’t like, in a way only He can do.
Now that I’ve grown somewhat comfortable with the blank screen in front of me and have openly shared the struggles, as well as the victorious outcome of the past year; I’m ready to share more of my story. Why?
For no other reason than I hope it will be a source of encouragement for women going through similar life situations they would never ask for.
And in so doing, they too will find a new lease on life and learn to write their own Romans 8:28 story.
Until next time. . .
Rebecca Lively, CPA
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