But I trust in you, Lord; I say, "You are my God."
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.
THE TRUST SCRIPTURES BOX
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?
The LORD is my rock, my fortress, my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.
2 Samuel 7:28
Sovereign LORD, you are God! Your covenant is trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant.
"YOU HAVE CANCER"
These are the words the doctors spoke out of his or her mouth as they addressed you. More than likely you don't remember anything else that was said because you instantly became overwhelmed with fear, grief and sadness. CANCER.... what is it, how did I get it, how do I get rid of it? I didn't sign up for this event, yet, I have been tossed into the sea of this relentless disease. Am I going to die soon? My husband, my children, my friends, my job, my household bills, my medical bills; what does all this mean now that I have cancer. I am so lost and confused about what to do. Who do I turn to for answers? Questions, Questions, Questions, Questions, Questions????
In an instant things has drastically changed in your life. Your world now consist of biopsies, numerous body scans, endless doctors appointments, surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation treatments, if needed. Your life seems to be out of your control. Things no longer are organized and scheduled as planned when you weren't dealing with cancer. You now find yourself listening closely to your oncologist, surgeon and radiation oncologist as to what to do next. How many cycles of chemotherapy and or radiation will you have to endure, will the surgery remove the cancer, how advanced has the cancer spread in the body, what happens if it returns after been in remission.
How do I break the news to my family? Will my 5,10 and 12 year old children understand want cancer is and how it will make mommy or daddy sick. Will they understand why I am tired all the time and why I am not spending quality time with them anymore? Will I lose my hair, will I lose a lot of weight, will I be able to work while in treatment, who will help me keep up with all my medical appointments, who can I talk to for support, who can I ask to help around the house, who will be able to take me to my doctor's appointments when my spouse can't because he or she has to go to work in order to keep a roof over our head, food on the table and clothes on the family back?
Caregivers, you have a very important and loving role in the life of your love ones, friends, co-workers, church members, neighbors and even people who you may might know. You are the backbone support to lend a compassionate hand to cancer patients whether 1 hour, 1 day, 1 week ,1 year or more long time. It is vital that in the midst of being a caregiver that you must also take care of your spiritual and emotional needs. I know it is not always easy to find time to have quality down time for yourself. However, the bible states in Matthew 6:33," But seek first God’s Kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things will be given to you as well". What things will be given to help you as a caregiver.....wisdom, knowledge, patience, compassion, assurance, humor and strength. The Bible teaches in Isaiah 40:29, "He gives power to the weak. He increases the strength of him who has no might". The word of God refreshes and revives us, it gives us hope when things seems so hopeless. As a caregiver, seek to draw your strength and courage from God Almighty for He is eager and willing to be your refuge, protector, guide, comforter and friend. In addition to your spiritual life, seek to take care of your physical life. It is important that you seek emotional support from others, eat healthy, get ample rest, and do some type of regular exercise. Also, ask your friends, church members, and other family members to pitch in and offer you a break. If you are technical person, there are plenty online support groups and workshops available (Check out the cancer resource page for a listing of cancer resources for the patient and the caregiver). For face to face group support setting, check with the hospital social worker or patient navigator to see if there are any caregivers support group at the hospital or in the local community.
]When I (founder of this website) was thinking about the design and wording for this website, I thought about how to present the gospel of Jesus Christ in a manner that would leave people encouraged, lifted up, hopeful, joyful, determined, thirsting for holiness and righteousness, and desiring a relationship with Jesus or getting closer to Him, if they have already accepted Him as Lord and Savior in their life. You might ask, how is Jesus going to help me in this awful situation. My answer to that question is Jesus wants to have a close loving relationship with you. He desires to walk with you, talk with you, comfort you, to guide you, to protect you, to show you His mercy and grace and most important to reveal to you how intensely He loves you......so much that He died on the cross for your sins so that you could be reconciled to have eternal life with Him and the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob...the Great and Almighty God. A relationship with Jesus allows you to have peace in the midst of the mountains. Jesus comforts us by taking our minds off our ourselves and circumstances and places our mind, thoughts, anger, bitterness, fears, shame, unforgiveness, resentments, guilt, hurts, disappointments into His care....into His strong and mighty hands. He desires to take our broken pieces of life and turn them into masterpieces. It does not matter that you have cancer, Jesus still can work with you to give you a beautiful and peaceful mindset and life, if you will let Him. I don't know what the future holds for you, however, I do know who holds the future and His name is Jesus Christ, our Savior. Life is all about choices. In any given day, month or years, we all have to make choices or decisions concerning our life. The choices we make leads to either the right or wrong consequences. Yet, out of all the choices we have to make in our lifetime, there is none more important than our decision to accept Jesus Christ into our life to be our Lord and Savior. He will guide and lead you into peace, trust, integrity, forgiveness, meekness, and joy. Will you give Him a chance to prove His love for you and shower you with his grace and mercy?
CANCER (ONCOLOGY) PATIENTS AND CAREGIVERS