Faith Triumphs Over Cancer
A Place To Be Alone
The soft Southern breeze caressed my skin, reminiscent of a lover's touch, so light, loving, soothingly cool while at the same time warm, almost lackadaisical. I closed my eyes and stretched out on my lawn chair to reminisce about the past year, and how my family triumphed over an evil disease called cancer.
When suddenly, an acorn bounced off my foot. I opened my eyes and stared up into the huge Oak tree, only to see long strands of grey moss swaying from the same soft breeze, I was enjoying.
Bright sunlight filtered through the leaves, dancing warming on my face. I noticed Squirrels running and playing on the big limbs above my head. What a beautiful day to celebrate life.
Counting My Blessings
I came out here for solitude, and to think about the lessons I have learned from life, last year; and into this year of 2011. And to thank our Lord for all his blessings he gave us.
One Could Always Presume
One could always presume, that an older sister, such as I, would always be strong when facing a dreaded disease. However, I was not strong, because it happened to my baby sister, Paula.
My Sister Paula
Paula, is nine years younger than I, and she and I have always been very close. Hand-in-hand I walked with her to Sunday School Class, before I went to mine.
After Sunday School I would pick her up, and we walked into Church to sit with our parents. She was our baby, as well as, our Angel, then and now.
Pure in Spirit
I have never heard her say a bad word, and she has never said anything mean to anyone, at least not in front of me. Paula is now a mother, and a young grandmother, and yes, she still has her wings.
I Will Never Forget
I will never forget where I was and what I was doing when President Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination. And it was the same when Paula called and gave me her mammogram report.
I felt as if time had frozen, I could not feel or breath---and it seem forever, until she said, "Bobbi, are you still there? " Yes, I am here. What happens now?" I felt my heart sink into an abyss of agony , as I asked these words.
On A Very Cold January Morning In Florida
Paula, told me what would happen, and it did. On a very cold January morning in Florida, my sister had a Mastectomy
. Before her surgery, we all held hands and prayed for her, the surgeons, and nurses. I kiss her as they rolled her away from us, my baby sister.
I remember, previously, asking where is all this positive behavior coming from? I have not heard you say a negative word about getting Cancer, and you have not shed a single tear in front of me. And I have never heard you say, "Why me?" My sister had conviction she would succeed over the dreaded disease called cancer.
God Sent Her an Angel
Paula, looked at me with so much love in her beautiful brown eyes, showing me the sweetest face a human could have, and said, "First, and foremost, I have faith that God is watching over me, and he has sent an Angel to help me through all the trials of my life. I said, "I wish I could see and talk to this Angel. "
She replied, "God, sent me you, sister, even if you got here nine years before I did, he sent you to watch out for me, and to love me unconditionally---you are more than just a sister to me. And then we both cried.
Her Christian Faith
Yes, I learned my lesson about Christian Faith. I always thought I had Christian Faith, until, I watched my sister as she went through Chemotherapy Treatments. I was with her when Chemotherapy made her ill, it was so unbearable for me to watch her be so sick.
And I was there when she lost her hair--not one word of showing any concern about herself, as her long dark beautifully thick hair fell out. I would go home and cry all night--I could only cry when I was not around her, as I was strong in front of her.
Now, she is Cancer Free, her hair has grown back, and it is just as thick and beautiful as before, the dreaded Cancer.
If Angels, do become humans to do God's work---my sister Paula is one of them. God is giving her another granddaughter this Spring, to love and share with her sister---me.
My Private Corner Of The Yard
Now, I am here once more in my private corner of the yard, under my old Oak Tree, getting ready to thank God, ----for the precious gift of life--- he let stay with us a little longer, my sister Paula.
Thank you Lord for watching over my sister Paula and for your Angels who protected and gave her peace of mind. As she showed her family that faith triumphs over cancer.
Update on My Sister Paula in January of 2012
Paula is doing well now, and her hair has grown back, and it is dark and thick, with a lot of white in it. However, on her it looks beautiful. All of her previous energy is slowly coming back, and she is back at work, feeling better with each new day.
I must say that she works with the most unusually kind girls--always filling in for Paula when she was too sick to work. And now she is trying to pay back the kindness by trading days when they need to for their families.
Paula is now the proud granny of a new baby girl, who is outstandingly beautiful with her big blue eyes and sweet personality. And Paula takes care of her on days off from her job, because the baby's' mommy teaches, and makes my sister so happy to do it. Her brightest smiles are when she is holding the baby.
So, life is great for my sister once again, and so now I really believe that saying of--every dark cloud has a silver lining.
Now, I pray that all Paula's clouds will all be big puffy white ones with silver and gold linings, because she is the Angel that deserves them. Faith Triumphs Over Cancer is the best title for her true story--- about her faith that God would take care of her, and he did .
Update on My Sister Paula
It is May 13, 2013 and my sister Paula is still doing well---she deals with little issue such as sometimes her hands hurt and she said she does not remember a lot of the past. However, it is just certain parts that she cannot recall.
Her energy level is not back fully---but she keeps on going full steam ahead. And she is very happy now because on her days off she has her sweet and beautiful granddaughter Collyns to baby sit with and to love. Collyns is two years old now and the love of the family.
Recovering from Cancer is taking one baby step at a time---And I thank God I have my sister still on this earth with me..
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