On May 16, 2016, I went in for a biopsy on some nodules the doctor found on my Thyroid. I walked away from that visit knowing that life was going to look a little different for me this year as I discovered I had cancer.
A few weeks later, my neighbor Margie, invited me into her home where she gave me a Giving Key with the word FAITH on it. It meant so much to me. While I am a believer and follower of Jesus Christ, that doesn't always mean that FAITH comes easy. There are things in life that happen and the road gets hard. I wear my key a lot. I love having the reminder that having FAITH doesn't mean that everything will turn out roses and always go smoothly, but rather having Faith and keeping Faith means that I am going to be okay no matter how things turn out. The hardest part has been separation from my kids at times. A 6 and 3-yr-old don't always understand why Mommy can't play or why she is always tired now, but I have FAITH.
In one month, I will begin my Radioactive Iodine, during which time, after each treatment I will not be allowed to be within 15 feet of anyone. No hugs. No kisses. No snuggling with my husband and children. Just solitude for 48-72 hours after every treatment. It will be hard. It will seem lonely, but I know that I will not be alone. I have FAITH...and I have my Giving Key to remind me that though I am isolated I have people who love and care about me. They are walking this road with me helping to keep the FAITH.