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  • Writer's pictureCharlene Stevens Jenkins

So Grateful!

Did you read October's Blog, Facts & Faith? I'm a breast cancer survivor and facts and faith are vital to me. In last month's blog I shared some of the facts from the American Cancer Society and facts from my family, which can lead to fear. Faith, on the other hand, can overshadow and overcome fear despite the facts. I am so grateful and I want to tell you why.

It was the week of Thanksgiving nine years ago that my biopsy showed Stage 1 breast cancer. I had to undergo surgeries and treatments over the course of time until I could celebrate being cancer-free. To my surprise, last month my routine mammogram was concerning--to the doctor and to me. Here we go again. I was scheduled for another biopsy earlier this month, as I told you. I also told you about the pity party I had to break up. By the way, I never went back to the pity party. I will not live in fear and become paralyzed by the facts and history of cancer in my family.

Here's the update: When the doctor’s office called, I was at my desk preparing for a counseling session, just like I was the last time. Great news! It was such a relief to hear that the spot was benign and I’m STILL cancer free! I was estatic about God's grace in my life. Though I was still at work, I had just a few minutes to share this amazing news with my loved ones and prayer partners. I’m so grateful for all who made time to pray. I was already mentally prepared to trust God to bring me through no matter what the doctor said, but I am grateful I didn't have to go through it again.

It’s Thanksgiving and I can’t stop thinking about songs and scriptures that remind me of gratitude and thankfulness. This past Monday at Celebrate Recovery, one of our leaders did an awesome job teaching Lesson 22 - Gratitude. So many people take the little things for granted.

I AM SO GRATEFUL!!! I’m alive and I have my health. I am doing well emotionally, mentally, spiritually and physically. Every time I wake up, I have new mercies from the Father. Each new day gives me an opportunity to share my testimony and talk about His goodness. As long as I have breath, I have a reason to give God praise. Its another chance to serve Him with all that I have. I can’t completely verbalize how grateful I am, so I welcome every opportunity to do so.

Thank you all for sharing my link from last month. Over 1,850 people liked it and I’m going to ask you to help me share this one.

Finally, if you’re battling breast cancer or any other sickness, please remember that the Great Physician is always in charge. Try your best every day to walk in faith and not by what you see and feel. I'm here for you. Call or DM me. Let’s communicate. I’m praying for you!

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