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Have you heard the old adage, “An apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree”?  Well, it’s true.  Show me ten people and I’ll show you ten people who have habits and traits a lot like their parents.  True for me.  My mom was a go-getter, a master planner, organizer, and liked everything in its place.  My dad was a hard worker, entrepreneur before that word was invented.  And I’m a mixture of both.  Yessirree, I have my life all planned out … last year of work … retiring at the end of the  year … ministry development … being with family, sleeping late, traveling, speaking.  Then God taps me on the shoulder.

I didn’t think a thing about being called back for another screening.  It had happened before.  “Your initial screening revealed irregular images that require further examination.”  I go back again, more examinations, waiting, waiting, waiting … then the radiologist comes in.  She shows me the X-rays and says two biopsies need to be scheduled.  That caught my attention.

I go in for the biopsies the following Thursday .  Then I’m told the results possibly could be in by Friday afternoon, but more than likely late Monday or Tuesday.  I’m a positive person, but the thought is in the back of my mind, “could I have cancer?”

The next morning (Friday a week ago), the charge nurse (I call her my angel) calls to check on me.  I told her I was fine and back to work.  Then she calls an hour later with initial results.  Both biopsies were positive for cancer.  My mind was in a fog, but I hurriedly wrote as she said some long medical terms.  What I did hear was the cancer was caught early and has a good success rate for cure.  The nurse then scheduled me for an appointment with an oncological surgeon.

God tapped me on the shoulder for a reason.  I believe it’s to slow me down, to heal my body, and prepare me for something awesome.  I am on every prayer list from one side of the country to the other.  Notes of encouragement pour in daily.  I am not defeated, but am at peace and feel God’s presence more than I ever have.  I am calm and unafraid.  That’s not human nature … that’s God’s nature!

John 14:27  Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

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