Recently our pastor shared that you never know what someone is going through, so be nice to others. I’ve known this for years and have had many times in my life where I was judgmental and later found out more about that person and felt so ashamed of myself. It’s so true that you never know the road someone else is walking. There are people surrounding us that are struggling and let’s face it we all struggle. I think it’s important to answer the question, “How are you?” honestly.
The past three weeks have been difficult weeks for me. In 2012 when we were in the USA for four months our focus was Jonah’s health, healing and therapy. I thought I did all I could for my own health problems while we were at our debrief, however, I knew things weren’t right. I sought additional medical care and needed to have surgery. I whisked through the surgery, was cleared to leave again and we were on a jet plane returning to Cameroon. About four months after returning to Cameroon, things weren’t right again. I sought medical advice from my US doctor, sought medical advice from nurse friends and drove across Cameroon to see a missionary doctor, who is now my friend – thanks Trixie. I was holding out until our return to seek additional medical attention. I couldn’t schedule with the doctor I wanted because she was scheduling five months in advance, so I went with the three month in advance doctor in the practice. I went for my medical check-up and it didn’t go well. I had two different blood draws that week, the initial exam and an ultrasound. The next week I had to return for another exam and was told to see another doctor about some of my blood work results. Last week I had two biopsy collections performed and was told to schedule a return appointment in 7-10 days to go over the results in person. I have to admit, I was scared and nervous. I was thinking the worst, especially since her first inclination was to meet in person for the results. I kept telling myself to calm myself down that I was only being asked to come back in person so she could charge another office visit, however, deep down that wasn’t convincing me to be calm.
In the past week, I’ve written this blog in my head many times for both good or bad results. I’m so relieved and happy to report that the biopsies came back benign – no cancer cells present at this time. I’m praising the Lord for His answer to prayers. I know I’ve been a bit of a space cadet these last several weeks. My mind has been elsewhere and I haven’t been sleeping well. You just never know what someone else is going through.