I have had March 3, 2015 circled on my calendar for almost four years. The date represents a cancer milestone for me and an anniversary of a conversation which provided wisdom in navigating life challenges, trials, and adversity.
4 months, 4 years, or 40 years
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2. A significant event or stage in the life, progress, development, or the like of a person, nation, etc.
Actually the significance of March 3, 2015 points back to a pivotal conversation which occurred four years earlier on March 3, 2011. On that day my fiancé and I were meeting with the Pastor who would marry us. Mike Teston asked us to share our stories and why we wanted to be married now as opposed to in the fall which was our original plan. We shared how my merkel cancer had returned for a third time and had spread to the point where a stage-four diagnosis now required radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery. In the two hours we were together, questions were asked and answers given, tears were shed, and prayers were prayed. As we were saying goodbye Mike said,
Tom, I don’t know if you have 4 months, 4 years, or 40 years but I do know God is faithful and He has a plan for your life, with or without cancer. He knows you, He knows what’s on your mind, and He knows what is in your heart, and it’s up to you to let everyone know your Faith lies in Him…regardless!
The wisdom Mike shared in this statement became the cornerstone of my cancer journey and has been one of the things I shared when God has people in my path I can walk with the face challenges, trials, and adversity in their lives.
Obviously today is a cause for celebration! Yet before I consider doing any celebrating I will first give thanks for the 1,460 days God has blessed me with leading up to my cancer milestone. As I reflect on the last four years, Mike’s wisdom rings true, God did have a plan for my life with cancer and now without. I am so grateful for every opportunity I have had these last four years to share how my Faith rested in God regardless of my circumstances, and why I truly do trust God period!
Happy March 3rd Everyone!
trusting God period!
In 2011 I wrote about my initial cancer milestone which offers greater detail into the circumstances surrounding my diagnosis and my state of mind leading up to the conversation I share with you today. For those interested in reading the story behind today’s cancer milestone story use this link.
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