"Rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer..." ~Romans 12:12
I never thought that dreaded word would be connected with my name. I am a teacher so I routinely schedule yearly exams during the summer months. I had a mammogram which showed abnormalities. A biopsy was ordered and the doctor scheduled a conference to share results. "You have breast cancer which could require a mastectomy followed by chemo and radiation", shared the young doctor. I was in shock, but asked numerous questions. My husband, Nolan, was with me and we left the office and rode down the elevator in silence. When we got off the elevator, I told my husband that I didn't think that I could walk to the car. Overcome with emotion, we sat on a bench in the atrium and prayed. Together we agreed that whatever the outcome, God was in control. I knew that if I could trust God with my eternal destination that I could trust God with CANCER. I didn't know what the future held, but I knew that GOD held the future in HIS hands. A mastectomy was not necessary. I had a lumpectomy and two lymph nodes were removed. Chemo was not required but I endured six grueling weeks (Monday-Friday) of radiation. And, I continued teaching during those six weeks until extreme fatigue and constant bronchitis required that I take three weeks off.
During this time of surgery and radiation, my family, and sisters and brothers in Christ ministered to me. I received flowers, notes, meals and powerful prayers. I was overwhelmed with this outpouring of love.
Now, I am CANCER FREE. The Cancer Journey helped me to experience the mercy and grace of our mighty God. I discovered that God is BIGGER than cancer! I now have a new perspective on life and I realize that God was there every moment giving PEACE. God has given me a BOLDNESS to tell others about my Cancer Journey. I am motivated to share about the MIGHTY God we have who is greater than any issues or trials that we experience in our life journey even cancer.
Acts 20:24 NIV
However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace.
Marilyn has written numerous articles and books. To date, there are nine magazine articles, eight book contributions and she has written, co-written, or edited a total of twenty-one published books.