HERE), I made the choice to get some help dealing with my childhood sexual abuse so that I could go on with my life. (Thanks Be to God!)
Today, I'm not talking about me--but about a very very good friend of mine, Susan. Susan and I grew up together and have kept in touch almost all of our lives. Several years ago, I got an email from Susan --and the title said "Breast Cancer". My heart immediately sank.... It was hard reading her words saying that she had just been diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Obviously, my heart was broken.
Anyone who knows Susan knows that she has a fabulous attitude and has worked hard (without complaining) through all of the pain and suffering, to have the best life she can have. She even took a trip to Alaska last Summer. I truly think it is because of her attitude and outlook that she has done so well.
However, these past several months, she has had a really hard time. She's been in and out of the hospital several times with fluid build-up in her lungs and around her heart, along with other problems. I was so afraid that her end was near. She seemed to have given up the fight.
BUT--thanks to a wonderful doctor (and to her fabulous family and set of friends), and ONLY after Susan hit 'bottom' did she finally decide her future. Lying in her hospital bed recently, she asked her doctor if she was dying. This doctor said that it was all up to her. He wasn't ready for her to die ---and wanted to send her to rehab at another facility. He said that he wouldn't send her IF he thought she was dying.
Susan thought about those words, and told herself that she could just lie there and die ---or get up and keep on --keeping on. She chose to PERSEVERE. As I write this, Susan has been in a rehab facility for a few weeks. When I talk to her, she sounds like a new person. She says that they are working with her about six hours a day (physical therapy) to help her get her strength back. (She had lost all energy and strength since she's been so sick and in the hospital so much.)
She's eating again ---and gradually getting better. She actually hopes to go home soon. I am so very very proud of her. So many of us would have just given up. She is the ultimate example of PERSEVERANCE.
You can read more about Susan on a couple of previous blogs (click HERE and HERE). Today, I will share a few more pictures of Susan.
Calvin Coolidge once said: "Nothing in the world can take the place of PERSEVERANCE." God Bless You, Susan ---and all of the others out there who are struggling with a dread disease. You are an inspiration to all of us!
By the way, today is Susan's BIRTHDAY..... Happy Birthday, my Friend!