I know I can struggle with being thankful. This week was extra hard. Work is tough with our new computer system issues and I had a coworker out on vacation. I also faced a health issue that went a direction I didn’t want. I was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ. It sounds kind of scary, but in situ is my new favorite term. It means the carcinoma is believed to be contained. I will be facing surgery to remove the tumor and possibly some other treatment after (to be determined based on surgery results).
As I faced this week, I knew I would need God’s grace. This was my first mammogram, and I knew I was likely to need a biopsy. Not an easy thing for this introvert. There is also the emotion of dread if the results are bad. I struggle counting trials joy because it can feel like we have to lie. Brutal honesty – the biopsy wasn’t exactly fun. There were several hard things for my introverted personality during the tests. I didn’t want to take my worry out on the medical professionals providing my care. I spent a lot of time praying, both before and during the appointment. I asked God to show me His grace and make me aware of the ways He sent it. God came through with His usual generosity. My interactions with the medical professionals that day and after have been wonderful. They showed great compassion and care.
When I find it hard to thank God for a mammogram and biopsy or a diagnosis that requires surgery, I can easily thank God for the many evidences of His grace through trials. Medical research shows that thankfulness helps with healing. I will need that in the next weeks.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the kindness, care and compassion that You sent through medical professionals this week. Thank You for friends and family who are joining me on this journey. Thank you for the joy and comfort Your grace provides. Please help me to honor You throughout this journey.
I pray this in Jesus’ name.
God is so good.