October is designated around the world as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is an internationally organized health campaign started to raise awareness and funds regarding the disease, its causes, prevention methods and cures. We want to show our support in exchange for a donation by wearing pink.
Staying alert for early signs of breast cancer could mean the difference between life and death. The earlier a tumor is spotted the easier it may be to treat, so it’s vital to check ourselves. We should be wary and talk to our doctors if we notice any changes like the shape of the breast, different sensations like pain, heaviness or numbness, unusual thickening of the skin, discharging or bleeding.
I’ve known a successful woman who is a cancer survivor. She is one of the most respected and admired teachers back in the Philippines and now in Dubai. She underwent chemotherapy, surgery and radiation and dealt with arduous side effects but you will always perceive the perpetual hope in her face. She trusted God more and surrendered her life to him. Now she is cancer-free and her life is an inspiration and a great insight to all of us. Her dauntlessness is veraciously commendable. I cherish her positive outlook in life, ceaseless conviction, and untiring grit.
“I was devastated when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I thought of it as a death sentence. I knew the treatment would be painstaking, terribly harsh, uncertain of success, and exorbitant. Being at the lowest point of my life then, I realized that I had no way but up. I reminded myself whose I belong. I am a child of God. I looked up to God and trusted on His character and His promises. I have not read the Bible as much as during this time of my affliction. His Word became my comfort and hope. And I have proven God’s faithfulness. He indeed made His presence felt during this time of ordeal, this season of hardship in my life. God used His church and so many other people to help me and my family, our burden was made lighter. I’ve gone through 16 cycles of chemotherapy, surgery, radiation therapy. It was tough, rigorous and expensive, but God was with me all the way. My heart is full of gratefulness for His goodness. I’ve been declared cancer-free after my surgery. I have the “worst biological breast cancer case,” as doctors have put it, but it is no match to my God, because He is the mightiest healer! Today, I’m still being closely monitored, but the Lord has shown me miracles after miracles. I know that He will not leave me nor forsake me. I cling to Him and His promises. For as long as I rely on Him, I have His beautiful assurance.
To those who are struggling with this disease, I advise them to seek the Lord for comfort and strength, and surely He will be their shield at this time of “storm,” and soon they will see the “sun” again. Keep smiling because God is good all the time!
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”