Is it really everywhere?? I mean I know so many people who are sick with a major life altering disease. Is it because I am one of those people that I notice it more now? Is it like when you get a new red car that you notice all the red cars around?? I do not know, but I think God placed these people I know in my life on some level not only for myself in a manner of support, but also to help teach me things I have not yet learned.
I have an old friend who is FIGHTING colon cancer and has been for years now. She was only 30 when she was diagnosed. It has spread some and she is still fighting it. She has 3 kids and has been single and raising them for a long time. She is so strong and facing yet another of a multitide of chemo and experimental treatments to deal with this bout - her strength is amazing!!
I have another friend who has been dealing with a very sick child for the past 5 months and has not even been to her own home for more than a week in that time. She has shown me such grace and faith in our Lord through her family's ordeal. She is a strong Godly woman, and I can't wait to see her and hug her!!
I also have a fellow church member who is just winding up her own chemo treatments for breast cancer. She has faithfully blogged to keep people up to date (and often smiling and laughing) on her goings on. She has had such candor and strength and a good sense of humor through it all. She is determined to FIGHT and has such a beautiful and wonderful group of friends and family by her side. She is truly blessed!
Sometimes I am overwhelmed by the things I hear about and the people I know dealing with illness in their lives. Now that I have been diagnosed with this disease (and for like many others there is no cure....) I know I am blessed in many ways though! I have learned alot from the people I know who are sick, as well as those who have sick family members. My faith in the Lord is as strong as ever, I have a wonderful family and blessed with some really good friends. Please do as I do if you are reading this, and say a prayer for the ones mentioned above, and for the many people out there who do not have the support of family and friends like we are blessed to have!!