I don’t remember a lot of what was said during that first consultation with my breast surgeon, Dr. Lorraine Tafra. It was the same meeting during which we were told that the biopsy results confirmed the suspicion that the tumors in my right breast were definitely cancer. I mentioned in an earlier post that I pretty much shut down and Blake took care of asking all the questions. I do remember discussing what the next few weeks would entail as far as all the additional testing that would need to be done. When we expressed some concern that my parents might not be available to help us because they were scheduled to travel on a short term mission trip to El Salvador that night, Dr. Tafra frankly said to me, “Now it is all about you.” (read more about that here) Although I understood her point at the time and appreciated her wisdom in that particular moment, my journey has taught me that nothing could be further from the truth.
I have received wonderful medical care and I believe that God used that care so I would be healed. He chose to preserve my life so I might have more time on this earth with my family. With this kind of second chance, there is the temptation to think it has something to do with me and what I have yet to do. But one of the greatest lessons I have learned through it all is that it is not about me at all. I was created to reflect God’s glory. I was called to walk through cancer to reflect God’s glory. Then I was healed to reflect God’s glory. It is really all about Him!