I have been debating for about a week now on whether or not I should continue posting on this blog. The original purpose of this blog was to document my journey with breast cancer. I wanted a place to express my fears, my anxieties, my faith, and much more. I wanted to inspire others going through the same thing and I wanted to share all the ways in which God touched my life and the life of my family. In addition, I wanted to create this blog so that one day I could share it with my daughter, Charley. Because breast cancer is prevalent within my family, I do not know what the future holds for Charley. My hope and prayer is that she will never have to look breast cancer in the face. However, if that day should ever come, I want her to be able to read what was written in this blog and feel as confident and faithful as I did.
Now that my reconstruction surgery is complete, I am officially on the other side of what began almost 7 months ago. I have no idea what 2009 will bring and will not hesitate to add a posting if necessary. So, I would encourage you to check back occasionally. What I do know is that I am ready to resume a life that breast cancer is not a part of. For that reason, this will be my last posting. I will never forget all the people that I met and came to know throughout this journey. I will never forget all the meals that were provided, the cards that were sent with love, and all the different ways people showed Ryan, Charley, and myself grace. I will never forget how my mom and dad encouraged me everyday. I will never forget how Ryan stood by my side as he watched chemotherapy suck the life out of me. I will never forget how he supported and loved me in a way that I could never have imagined. I will never forget how 2008 changed my life.
I am a breast cancer survivor. My prayer is that as more and more women are diagnosed with breast cancer, they will somehow come across my blog and read from beginning to end how a woman in her 20's fought and won the battle. I hope other women will recognize the importance of being proactive. Most importantly, I hope all that read this blog will realize that all things are possible in Christ who strengthens them. God Bless!
"For I know the plans I have for you, declared the Lord. Plans to prosper you, not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11