You can make it through this. You need to know that. Will it be easy? No.
But you can make it. It’s not about false hope. Not everyone makes it through. But whatever you’re dealing with, you need to know that you can make it through the stuggle you’re facing.
Are you afraid?
I sure was during my ordeal. Twice, actually. Once when I was diagnosed with cancer and another time when I came out of remission only eight months after being declared cancer free.
But exactly what are you afraid of? That’s what I had to think about.
But the most important thing – your relationship with God – is something you’ll never lose. All you have to do is stick with God every single day. Prayer and reading the Bible regularly is easier than you think, and you’ll have someone who will always be with you. Always.
Let’s be honest: Everyone will die. That’s reality. Personally, I have a hope beyond death.
So you know everyone dies but you don’t want to die now.
I understand because that’s exactly what I think every day. I’m 46 years old with three children 10 years and younger. I’m not entirely cancer free yet.
I want to see them become teenagers. I want to watch them smile when they catch fish. I want to hear them call me Dad more. But even that’s not forever should I live to be 100!
In the middle of chemotherapy two years ago, I walked into their rooms while they slept and realized that some day, I will leave them or they will leave me. Regardless of cancer. And that’s okay.
So I moved on. I loved them more. I listened as they talked about how big the trees are. I showed them how to build forts out of blankets. I watched them catch fireflies.
You see – you can make it through this. Even though death is a reality. Even though pain is a reality. You still have this moment. You still have RIGHT NOW.
Are you afraid of pain?
I understand. I’ve had more than 50 IVs in my arms. I’ve had surgeries. I’ve had chemotherapy. And I’ve had kidney stones as a result of the chemo.
But even pain doesn’t last forever. Pain will end.
You see, you can make it. You can get over the fear of death. You can get over the fear of pain. Because hope is inside you. You know it is.
You have that hope when the doctor comes in the room to give you a report. You hope for what you know is possible. You have hope when things actually go right for a change. You have hope on the good days.
I say have hope every day. Nothing last forever. Cancer doesn’t last forever. Pain doesn’t last forever. So have hope. Choose hope. Cause you can make it.
I know. I made it through cancer to come back and tell you that you can make it.