A Chinese Proverb reads, “To get through the hardest journey we need take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping.”
Keep on stepping . . . this past weekend I was blessed to hear an inspired message focused on moving forward one step at a time — continuing through this journey of life with faith, hope, and conviction. I was touched as I reflected on the mountain that we have conquered this past year. One step at a time. I paused to give thanks for the hands who have supported me. One step at a time. I pleaded for the courage to move forward as a we start a new treatment plan. One step at a time.
On Friday, August 11, we met with my oncologist to review the results of my latest scan. The findings do not show improvement and so we are making a course correction. Starting within the week, I will begin with immunotherapy treatment. It requires IV infusion every two weeks. Here is the great news – the side effects are different from chemotherapy. We don’t believe my taste and nausea will be as impacted. Yay! The immunotherapy may bring other effects like skin rash and gastro issues. I’ll take the switch. The treatment will continue for three months and then another scan. Life with cancer! Here is the challenge. I am not the perfect candidate due to my rheumatoid arthritis. I will stop taking some of my RA medication because it will impact the immunotherapy. The doctor and I decided that cancer trumps RA. If the pain from RA becomes too difficult, we will problem solve. We keep fighting! One step at a time.
A different treatment brings new opportunities for learning. It also strengthens my hope and conviction that there is one greater than us all who knows us, loves us, and teaches us “line upon line, precept on precept.” One step at a time.
I recently had lunch with a good friend and she asked, “What have you learned this past year?” I quickly responded that I have felt of God’s love, I have realized how much I cherish my family and friends, and I have sifted through many things and learned to focus on that which brings me the greatest joy. I could have continued the list and talked with my friend about the sanctifying experience it is to literally feel your very soul become more polished. And, how I have yearned to learn what I need every step of the way. I could have shared my deep gratitude for the ministering angels all around me. I could have rejoiced at the tender mercies in my life. One step at a time.
“Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.”
One step at a time