God definitely carried me through one of the most challenging years of my life.
I had grown up in the church and gone to church camp every summer, so I had heard many testimonies of how the Lord used different situations and trials in people’s lives to make them who they were today. I prayed that the Lord would give me a story—and little did I know what he would do in response to that prayer!
I had finished my first semester in college and gone home for Christmas break. I went to the dermatologist for an infection on my face and mentioned that I had a mole on my foot. And it was a good thing I mentioned that mole: two weeks later I got the call that I had stage-four malignant melanoma. The cancer became more real when I had to find a surgeon, a plastic surgeon, and an oncologist in just one week. Then after two surgeries, I not only had to learn how to walk again, but then I began a year of chemo.
As I write this, I am almost seven years cancer-free! It is amazing to look back and praise the Lord for healing me. My scars remind me every day of that painful time, but I choose to embrace what he’s done because I wouldn’t be who I am today if I hadn’t faced that disease. My scars also remind me of his scars and what he sacrificed so that we would have life and have it to the fullest!
Matthew 11:28Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.