My doctor recently told me this. I was also reminded of this well known prayer:
"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Amen"
Get down on your knees and pray from the bottom of your heart, that is where God's connection is; and you will find His sweet peace--I know, for that is what happened to me. I do not think God gives disease; disasters, or pain and suffering as a punishment, but He watches how we deal with it when it does happen. Remember this: old age is definitely a fatal disease, but cancer no longer has to be. We can choose to let cancer take over our lives; or we can choose to overtake cancer--by enjoying today and not worrying about tomorrow or next month, because we have no control over such things. True faith means not to worry--leave it in the hands of God.
Help others who are in need: that is the key to overcoming your own worse problems. The bible teaches us - 'faith, hope and charity; of these three, charity is the greatest'. It does make you feel good to do a good deed in secret--just knowing you did it without asking for recognition, or payback.
WE can either turn a bad situation into a worse situation by our attitude; or we can turn a a bad situation into something more postive. Just always try to find something good in everyone and in most things--it just feels so much better than being gloomy and only seeing the clouds and not a silver lining. You might miss it if you fail to look! Just like the rainbow at the end of a storm--if you do not go outside and look for it you will never see how beautiful it looks--you will only remember the storm.
It is for each of us to choose how we travel each day; scared, worried, depressed, grief stricken (doesn't sound very nice to me); or thankful for all the things that make life worth living--God's love and forgiveness; family and friends; and don't forget the rainbows. Go outside and look for something inspiring, and live for this day; and try to enjoy just looking at God's green earth. Just do not dwell on the cancer or that is all you will have--depressing thoughts.
My prayers are with each one of you; and I hope for good news for you from your doctors. You guys are just wonderful and I appreciate each of you that have written to me or to any of you who have prayed for me.
Love and prayers, Brenda from Georgia