Sunday, March 20, 2011

Miracles. Happen.

In God's Time
You'll finally get the chance
to hold your baby girl

And all a sudden everything makes sense
In this crazy world
In God's Time

Oh but no one knows
Not you or me
It might be tomorrow
or it might never be
 But don't lose faith
Put it in His hands
'Cause it might be that
He might have a bigger plan
Than you had in mind

Miracles Happen
In God's Time
- "In God's Time" (Randy Houser)

I had been planning all weekend to sit down and write a blog about "Pre-Training." However, you're just going to have to wait until next blog to hear about that, because I just had to share THIS story with you.

This comes from another blog I run... a friend of mine is terminally ill with a rare form of cancer... she's battling crazy odds - and winning, and is inspiring people - including complete strangers - from coast to coast.  She got this amazing message on her guestbook from a couple who are about to become first time parents, after five long, heartbreaking years of fertility treatments.  Elizabeth - the author of this note - is a breast cancer survivor and Dallas 3-Day alumni.  She gave me permission to share the message she left for my friend with you.

From one cancer survivor to another, I just want to tell you that it does get better.  I've been in that chair in the doctors office and heard the words "You have cancer". I felt my world crumble around me. I lost friends. Relationships were strained. My hair fell out. The steroids made me gain 30 pounds. The double mastectomy left me looking and feeling completely disfigured. I was told the chemo would leave me infertile. It felt like cancer took EVERYTHING from me.

Yet, slowly, but surely, things got better. I went into remission. My hair started growing back. The steroid weight started coming off. I had reconstructive surgery. I dared to wear low cut shirts again. I started going out with friends again. I got on with my life.

And now, thanks to the amazing capabilities of fertility treatment, I am about to become a mom! Cancer will always be a part of me, but it doesn't define me anymore. The word doesn't come up multiple times in a conversation. Doctors don't dictate my life. I don't have to organize my schedule around chemo, or ration my energy just so that I can make it through the day. I have a LIFE again and my gosh, life without cancer is SO AMAZING!

It's hard to even describe how amazing it is! All I can say is that you have SOOOOO much to look forward to and SOOO much to be excited about! Being a cancer survivor totally rocks. Not everybody gets the chance to start over. Not everybody gets to see the world the way we see the world. We're really lucky to be part of such an exclusive club.

THIS is why we walk. Because EVERYONE Deserves A Lifetime.  Especially babies who haven't had the chance to be born yet. 
Little baby Taylor is scheduled to arrive on April 3rd.  Please keep Mommy Elizabeth and Daddy Jon in your prayers, and give thanks for the lifesaving research and treatment options that helped bring Baby Taylor into the world.
-- Joyce
My 3-Day Page

1 comment:

  1. Tears running down my face... I don't always get to read the guestbook, so thank you for posting this on your team blog. Thank you for a beautiful reminder of why I am walking again, and again, and again!!!! And how wonderful that her name will be Taylor...