Dear Cancer...We Need To Talk

Dear Cancer,

It’s been awhile since we have talked so I thought I would write to you to clear up some things. I have been thinking a lot about you lately. In fact, I can’t remember a single day where you weren’t on my mind.

You certainly have been busy taking up residence with people I know since you have left me. Don’t get me wrong. I’m really glad we aren’t living together anymore, I’d just wish you were still homeless and not taking up residence in my friends.

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Hard to believe It’s been almost 12 years since you have moved out considering how much I think about you. Some days I think about you more than others. Today was one of those days.

Some of the people that have cancer write blogs about their experience living with you. Some write letters to their friends telling them how life has been since you’ve moved in with them. Some write about how you moved in with people they care about and are destroying their home. Sometimes you just destroy their home.

Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

I’ve learned so much since that first day you moved in with me back on November 6, 2001. I’ve learned that you don’t care who you move in with. You’ll take residence in young people, old people, men, women, Christians, atheists, all races, and personalities. I will give you credit for that, you’re an equal opportunity leech.

You know what, Cancer? You may think that by taking residence in us that you are taking over all the good in the world and replacing it with bad and evil. You may cut people’s lives short. You may make us sick. You may make our hair fall out. You may cost us thousands in medical bills. You may think that you are winning this battle, but I have news for you:

You are actually responsible for a lot of good things in my life too.

I have met some amazing people because of you, some who will drop everything to go that extra mile, sometimes for complete strangers. Their heart is so big that even you couldn’t crush it.

There are people whose lives you cut short who had a greater impact in their time here on this planet that it cannot be measured. We know we can’t get them back but in losing them, we impact someone else going through life with you.

Let me tell you a little secret:

We serve an awesome God!

He can open doors He wants open and close doors He wants closed. I don’t understand why He lets you move in with such great people. I don’t understand why He calls some people home to Him and leaves others here longer to deal with you.

Revelation 21:4 “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

I do know that one day, your time here will be up. Until that day comes, I will fight you with every breath I take. I will serve others that you have moved in with and we will team up against you. I will rally people to not give up in their fight against you.

Most importantly, I will put my hope and trust in God. For He never gives up on me.

Philippians 4:12-13 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Psalm 31:24 Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!


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